Grades from the Giants 51-17 loss to the Rams on Sunday:
Three turnovers in the first half were killers. Eli Manning (20-of-36, 220 yards, 2 TDs) had two overthrows on what should have been two long TD passes, and he continues to have problems with ball security yet another fumble on a sack. He also locked in on his target on ill-advised second-quarter interception. Orleans Darkwa (16 carries, 71 yards) ran well, as did rookie Wayne Gallman (9-41) until he lost a fumble. DT Aaron Donald abused D.J. Fluker early. TE Evan Engram (4-70, 1 TD) continues to show hes the real deal. Good to see Sterling Shepard (5-70) back.
Where do we start? OK, well start with giving up a 52-yard TD on third-and-33 on a pass that traveled 2 yards in the air. Disgraceful. Rams were running free all day, and Jared Goff (14-of-22, 311 yards, 4 TDs) played free and easy. RB Todd Gurley (16-59, 2 TDs) and WR Robert Woods (4-70, 2 TDs) operated at a different speed. Defensive backfield was without suspended Janoris Jenkins and was abysmal.
Brad Wing had a punt blocked in the fourth quarter that was brutal to watch. It was as if the Giants never before practiced punt protection. Aldrick Rosas nailed a 50-yard field goal but then missed on a 45-yard try, not a good sign. Shane Vereen had a 30-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. Pharoh Cooper ripped off a 30-yard punt return for the Rams.
Ben McAdoo said he is disappointed, not embarrassed. Well, he is in the minority there. Coming off a bye week, his team regressed, which is not easy, considering the Giants were 1-6 coming into the game. His message is not getting through, or its the wrong message. Steve Spagnuolo has been unable to bring order to his secondary.