The New York Giants briefly took on the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. Let’s go to the ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ after the Giants’ third loss in four games.
Darius Slayton – What a catch by Slayton to set up the Giants’ lone touchdown.
He finished Thursday’s game with three receptions for 63 yards. He now has 27 catches for a team-high 476 yards and two touchdowns. Where would the Giants offense be without him?
Graham Gano – Gano tied Aldrick Rosas’ franchise record with a 57-yard field goal. He added a 47-year-old, recovering handsomely from missing two extra points on Sunday when he kicked despite being so ill he looked like he should have been home in bed.
Kayvon Thibodeaux – Thibodeaux was a handful for the Dallas offensive line. He only had one tackle and didn’t record a sack, but he had five quarterback hits. Entering the game, he only had three QB hits in his first eight games. The only blemish on his day was a flyby on what should have been a sack by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott in the third quarter.
Kayvon Thibodeaux played 21 pass rush snaps and put pressure on 38.1% of them.
Among players with more than 20 PR snaps in a game, this was the third best performance of the year.
Baron Browning, Week 5: 20 PR snaps, 10 prrsrs (50%)
Za’Darius Smith, week 9: 23 PR snaps, 9 prsrs (39.1%)
— Jim Ayello (@jimayello) November 25, 2022
Richie James – James led the Giants with five receptions and a touchdown, though the TD and a few of those catches came in stoppage time. James made an excellent catch on an off-target Daniel Jones pitch on a third-and-four to extend the Giants’ lone touchdown drive. Besides, his 28 receptions are the most for any Giants’ wide receiver.
Jamie Gillan – The Giants player recovered nicely after a few poor games that earned him ‘Wet Willies’. Gillan twice dropped kicks that could have been knocked down inside the 5 yard line, only to see the cover failed to secure the ball. On one, Nick McCloud dropped the ball on the 1-yard line. Gillan’s other two punts resulted in fair catches, and he didn’t allow a single return yard in his four punts.
Rodarius Williams – Forced into significant duty due to injuries, the sophomore cornerback responded with an interception on a late Prescott throw and a pair of defensive passes. He was part of a depleted secondary that forced a few interceptions and competed well.
Gary Brightwell – The Giants used Brightwell in a two-back set with Saquon Barkley, and Brightwell finished with five carries for 31 yards.
Wet Willies to…
Saquon Barkley – The Giants’ running back star had just 39 yards on 11 carries. He also had a game-changing drop on a fourth-and-1 game in Giants territory late in the third quarter with the Giants trailing by one point.
Be critical of Jones’ throw on the fourth-and-1 if you will. That’s right. However, the ball must be caught and Barkley knew it. Be critical of blocking runs from the ever-changing offensive line. That is also right. However, the Giants must have more of their best player if their playoff dreams don’t go up in smoke.
Daniel Jones – If I’m going to give Barkley a ‘Wet Willie’, I have to give Jones one too. If quarterback Barkley throws a good throw on that fourth-and-1, it could have been a touchdown, not just a conversion. Jones was off-target on a few key pitches that could have been first-down conversions. He threw no interceptions or fouls, but the Giants’ margin of error is paper thin and the plays that should be made should be made if they are to win games. Jones missed a few on Thursday.
Darnay Holmes — Maybe this ‘WW’ should really go to the idea of covering Cowboys’ wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with a player who’s basically an average cornerback. However, Holmes got that job and was no match for it. He got two pass interference penalties, one denied and one highly questionable, but without watching the game it seemed like most of Lamb’s six catches came for 106 yards with Holmes unsuccessfully trying to keep up with him.
Andrew Thomas – Hate giving Thomas this one as the Giants left tackle played despite him not feeling well. While the breakdown of the Pro Football Focus is yet to be announced, Thomas is likely to be blamed for both of Jones’ sacks by Micah Parsons. Those would be the first two sacks Thomas allows this season.