Thursday Night Observations
That was more or less what I had expected, but that doesn’t make it any less unpleasant.
I also foolishly decided to start Daniel Jones over a concussed Anthony Richardson and newly-acquired Baker Mayfield at the last second. I looked at the projected points on a couple sites, it was close between all three players, so I figured why not use the guy I was so high on. Brian Daboll will scheme him some points. LOL. Good luck scheming points against an elite defensive line while fielding the league’s worst offensive line without Andrew Thomas. That interception on the team’s penultimate drive was just the kick in the ass on the way out the door.
The Giants actually showed up more than they did for the season’s first-six quarters, but that’s damning with faint praise. Their defense played okay, but like a lot of defenses they couldn’t tackle Deebo Samuel.
It’s almost as though the other players in the league just fall down when defenders tackle them in a kind of gentleman’s agreement: “Oh, I see you’ve got me tackled, I’ll just fall to the ground to make sure neither of us have to use extra energy we might need for later.” But Deebo is like: “This is a fight to the death. I will not go down until you kill me, and I will do this on every play. “
On the 49ers first touchdown drive the Giants had the 49ers at 3rd-and-15, and they threw a screen to Deebo, who got 30 yards doing just that. On the same drive, they had them 3rd-and-13, and they got a big screen pass to Christian McCaffrey to convert. McCaffrey and George Kittle aren’t quite as tough as Deebo, but they’re still in the top-10 percent of violating the agreement.
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