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Giants report card: Bad, bad, bad

Grading the Giants’ 30-10 loss to the Buccaneers Monday night.

Crime

Bad, bad, bad. The Buccaneers were without more starting defensive backs, and their top run stopper and Daniel Jones and Co. could not make a dent. Only 215 total yards, 54 games and three points produced on sustained drives. Sheet metal. The first of two interceptions thrown by Jones in the third quarter was a panic that could not happen. Saquon Barkley returned but had no impact – 6-25 rushing, 6-31 receiving. Good creativity on the Kadarius Toney pass out of Wildcat, but that does not fool the Bucs. Terrible execution – too much rushing to the line – on a brutal fourth-and-1 call that resulted in a failed pass. False start on RG Will Hernandez was hurtful on the opening drive. It was a tough outing for Hernandez, who later received a team penalty (and another that was rejected by the Bucs).

Grade: F

Daniel Jones and the Giants 'attack looked anemic against the Buccaneers' defense.
Daniel Jones and the Giants ‘attack looked anemic against the Buccaneers’ defense.
Charles Wenzelberg / New York Post

Defense

No sacks by Tom Brady, no pressure on Tom Brady, no chance against Tom Brady. This was not exactly an aggressive approach. Bucs set the tone early on with such a touchdown drive that can be easily opened. They finished with 402 total yards and 28 first downs. Was CB James Bradberry a one-hit marvel? He’s gone noticeably back from 2020, and he pretty much hugged Mike Evans in the final zone at a third-quarter TD reception. Quincy Roche did not seal the edge of what became a Ronald Jones scoring race. TE Rob Gronkowski (6-71) took advantage of the fact that his quarterback had so much time to wait for his goal to open. The work towards the race was not bad, but the absence of Logan Ryan at the back end was noticeable. For quiet play by Leonard Williams.

Grade: F

Special teams

Riley Dixon put a 52-yard punt down the Tampa 15-yard line in the second quarter. Dixon finished with three points down within the 20. Graham Gano hit his only field-goal attempt from 37 yards out.

Grade: B

Coaching

Joe Judge’s tone after this match was very different from after previous losses and he certainly made it sound as if there will be changes in his offensive staff. He blamed this on himself and his employees. Jason Garrett’s attack was healthier than it has been all season, and yet the results are not there. Not even close. Clearly, defensive coordinator Patrick Graham wanted to keep the ball in front of his guys and force the Bucs to take yards in small chunks. That plan prevented big games but was not effective. There was no heat on Brady at all. This was completely unimpressive at all levels.

Grade: F

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