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Giants report card: Who to blame first?

Grading the Giants after their 27-13 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.

Offense

Who is to blame first? This group looked sluggish all summer and did a whole bunch of nothing when the lights came on. Daniel Jones (22 of 37, 267 yards, 1 TD) was uninspiring and lost a fumble when he should have slid. Same old, same old with him there. The new weapons were nonfactors. Saquon Barkley (10-26) made it to the opener, but he had little to work with. Sterling Shepard (7-113, 1 TD) carried his great summer over into the game. LT Andrew Thomas was not terrible but Nate Solder gave up a sack to Von Miller. The pass protection was not bad and Jones made some strong throws. How about some more points?

Grade: F

Defense

Teddy Bridgewater (28 of 36, 264 yards, 2 TDs) is a solid quarterback, but the Giants made him look like a star. What happened to the vaunted secondary? It was sliced and diced by Jerry Jeudy and Noah Fant and Tim Patrick as the Broncos converted 7 of 15 on third down and 3 of 3 on fourth down. Melvin Gordon’s 70-yard TD run made the run defense look worse than it was. Blake Martinez got frustrated and hit a sliding Bridgwater for an unnecessary roughness penalty. Rookie Azeez Ojulari got his first NFL sack but also his first roughing the passer penalty. There was not nearly enough heat on Bridgwater.

Grade: D

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Daniel Jones and Jason Garrett stand on the Giants sideline on Sunday.
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Special Teams

Riley Dixon boomed a 61-yard punt from the shadow of the Giants end zone to get his team out of a hole. Keion Crossen had a chance to down a punt inside the 5-yard line but failed to keep the ball out of the end zone. C.J. Board, freshly activated off the practice squad, had a 38-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

Grade: B

Coaching

Not a good look for Joe Judge as he tried to challenge a Broncos touchdown in the third quarter. Coaches cannot make that challenge — all scoring plays are automatically reviewed — and the Giants were charged a timeout. Judge knew the rule but wanted to get the attention of the officials. Jason Garrett’s offense did not show much imagination, and it seemed as if the Broncos knew exactly what he was doing getting the ball to rookie Kadarius Toney. Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham is not going to enjoy studying this game and seeing all sorts of open Broncos targets running free.

Grade: F

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