The New York Giants were absolutely manhandled by the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. They were beaten in every imaginable facet and it appears time for heads to roll.
With the loss, the Giants fall to 1-5 on the season and have the NFL’s worst overall record since 2017. With the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all on tap, things are not going to get easier.
But before we look ahead, let’s examine the winners and losers (and those in between) from Week 6.
Be prepared, however… There weren’t many winners.
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Leonard Williams: The Big Cat must have heard the criticism all week. He responded with seven tackles (two solo, one for a loss), two QB hits and 1.5 sacks. It’s a shame it meant a grand total of nothing.
Kadarius Toney: What does it say about the Giants that Toney, who left the game during the first offensive series, lands here? He caught all three of his targets for 36 yards and broke several tackles.
Riley Dixon: Dixon averaged a booming 52.5 yards per punt on Sunday with a long of 63.
Others: Eli Penny, Dexter Lawrence, C.J. Board
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Nate Solder: Things got off to a slow start for Solder on Sunday. He surrendered a sack/fumble on the first play of the game, left hurt and then returned only to allow an immediate pressure. He slowed things down a bit after that but hardly played a solid game.
Matt Peart: Why wasn’t Peart starting over Solder? Well… we found out on Sunday. As bad as Solder was, Peart was significantly worse.
Daniel Jones: DJ returned seven days after a serious concussion and was pounded into the ground. But he was certainly not without fault. He fumbled twice, lost one and tossed three interceptions — two of which were horrendous decisions. It was his worst game of the season by a country mile.
Adoree’ Jackson: Jackson’s tackling is a serious concern for the Giants. He stepped it up in Week 5, but walked things back against the Rams. He also blew a few coverages.
Jabrill Peppers: Peppers in coverage is a bad time. Peppers also found himself buried on a few runs and at least one late screen. It wasn’t the ideal return from injury.
Julian Love: It was a rough day for Love against the Rams. He was beaten on a fake punt early on (called back due to a penalty), surrendered a touchdown to Robert Woods after a miscommunication with James Bradberry and then rubbed Adoree’ Jackson off of Cooper Kupp that led to a second quarter touchdown.
Others: Billy Price, Dante Pettis, Logan Ryan
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Sterling Shepard: Shepard was the only Giants receiver (after Toney left the game) running the correct routes and finding places to settle down in the open. That was the positive. The negative was that Shep dropped at least two passes (possibly three) and didn’t really make a positive impact on the game.
Xavier McKinney: McKinney had two interceptions and that looks great in the box score. The first came on the final play of the first quarter and the second came in the fourth when the game was already out of hand. Outside of those picks? A less than stellar game.
Others: James Bradberry