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Grading the Giants

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York

Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sep. 20, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Credit: Jim McIsaac


DThe Giants came into the season expecting to score 28 points per game, and if they had been able to do that they'd be 2-0. Instead the unit that was supposed to carry them has failed them for the second straight week. The Eli Manning fumble was a killer and the inability to sap the clock in the final five minutes was frustrating. The only thing that saves them from an F is Odell Beckham Jr. (7 catches, 146 yards, 1 TD) and production from Shane Vereen (8 receptions, 76 yards).


DThe Giants know they're allowed to make plays in the two-minute drill, right? The Falcons became the second straight team to make late look easy against the unit, marching virtually unimpeded toward the game-winning touchdown. After containing Julio Jones to mostly short gains throughout the game, Prince Amukamara was unable to cover him one-on-one on a 37-yarder to set up that go-ahead score. Atlanta converted 11 of 17 third downs and was 3-for-3 in the red zone.


B+Brad Wing has turned out to be a pretty good punter, putting three of his four kicks inside the 20 with some help from Dwayne Harris, who downed one of them at the 2. Josh Brown kicked a pair of field goals and had three touchbacks. Harris looked like he had some room on his returns before slipping on two of them. The Giants had 66 total return yards compared to Atlanta's 10.


FAfter feeding him relentlessly and allowing him to own the first half, the Giants targeted Beckham just twice in the second half and said it had little to do with Atlanta's defensive adjustments. They just stopped going to their best player. Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo needs to shore up his late-game defenses. Tom Coughlin seemed to convince the Giants to put the Dallas debacle behind them, but now he'll have to do the same for the Atlanta atrocity.

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