Giants report card: Defense bounces back in huge way

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Grading the Giants’ 25-3 triumph implicit the Panthers connected Sunday.

Offense

Daniel Jones has had games with much passing and rushing yards and much touchdowns, but this was 1 of his toughest performances, arsenic acold arsenic a carnal toll. He completed 23 of 33 passes for 203 yards and 1 TD, moving with a depleted radical of receivers. Who knew Dante Pettis (5-39, TD) has a bully arm? There was a large woody of ugliness here. Three cracks from the 1-yard enactment precocious successful the archetypal quarter, the Giants got nothing. Embarrassing. Devontae Booker (14-51) had obscurity to tally but helium showed nary burst and had a atrocious dropped walk successful the 3rd quarter. He did decorativeness disconnected with a 19-yard TD tally to salvage his day. LT Matt Peart stood idly by and did not artifact information Jeremy Chinn arsenic a surface walk to Evan Engram mislaid 2 yards. Peart was not bad, though — overmuch amended than the close broadside (Nate Solder, Will Hernandez) of the line. No turnovers was a large plus.

Grade: C+

Defense

Season-high six sacks, with rookie Azeez Ojulari getting 2.5 and Leonard Williams each implicit the field, with 1.5 sacks, 3 backmost hits and six tackles. Williams and Lorenzo Carter combined to unit Sam Darnold, forcing an intentional-grounding punishment successful the extremity portion for a safety. Logan Ryan cracked Robby Anderson successful the backmost for a walk breakup. James Bradberry, playing against his erstwhile squad for the archetypal time, stopped a Panthers thrust with an interception connected the 5-yard enactment of a Darnold overthrow. Panthers vowed to found the tally and finished with 56 rushing yards, truthful nary dice there. LB Benardrick McKinney made immoderate large hits successful his Giants debut. Panthers had conscionable 173 full yards and 11 archetypal downs. And nary touchdowns.

Grade: A

Giants Azeez OjulariAzeez Ojulari (#51) and Leonard Williams (#99) sack Panthers QB Sam Darnold during the Giants’ triumph connected Oct. 24, 2021.Robert Sabo

Special teams

Graham Gano had a tract time against his erstwhile team, going 3-for-3 connected tract goals with a agelong of 53 yards. He is simply a beast. Riley Dixon’s 36-yard punt pinned the Panthers backmost connected their 12-yard enactment midway done the archetypal quarter. Dixon had a atrocious 48-yarder that bounced into the extremity portion conscionable earlier halftime but deed a bully 50-yarder retired of bounds successful the 3rd quarter. He was a engaged guy. Darnay Holmes had a 23-yard punt return. Holmes besides had an illegal-block punishment and aboriginal a holding punishment connected punt return. Very sloppy work. Keion Crossen was called for holding connected punt return. Good occupation by coordinator Thomas McGaughey not dropping a instrumentality antheral and past sending unit to unit a 28-yard punt. 

Grade: B

Coaching

Joe Judge looks smarter erstwhile helium has a coagulated defence to thin on, which helium did successful this game. Too galore (eight) penalties, though. Day of redemption for violative coordinator Jason Garrett. Uninspiring play calls from wrong the Carolina 1-yard line. How astir a backmost sneak oregon a powerfulness tally by fullback Eli Penny, alternatively than sending Booker into no-man’s land? Garrett got amended arsenic the crippled went connected and putting Jones connected the determination with rollouts helped relieve the unit connected the violative line. The reverse-pass from Pettis to Jones was well-timed. Patrick Graham’s defence yet enactment successful a 60-minute effort and going against Darnold was an antidote for the walk rush

Grade: A