For the first time since 2016, the New York Giants have begun a season 2-0 with their week two victory over the Carolina Panthers. Though they got the victory, it was not a pretty win with the Giants only mustering 60 total yards in the first half and just one touchdown in the winning effort. Here are my three biggest takeaways from the win over Carolina.
Still questions about Daniel Jones
Even though Daniel Jones did not throw any interceptions or fumble the football, he still looked a little shaky throughout the game. For one, he took too much time with the football, which you can’t do when you have four first year offensive linemen. Jones also made some poor throws that were either under-thrown, overthrown ,and one that was almost picked late in the second quarter. Plus, Jones failed to throw for over 200 yards again for a second straight week. Jones has to take more shots with the football as you can’t rely on Saquon Barkley to rush for over 100 yards each week.
The defense will be elite when healthy
The Giants have been without their first round pick from this past year’s draft, Kayvon Thibodeaux and linebacker Azeez Ojulari for the first two weeks of the season due to injury. They’re both the primary defensive starters who are primed for big years for Big Blue. The Giants defense has been playing strong football without their top two linebackers being able to force pressure on the quarterback and their secondary playing great coverage. Once the Giants defense is at full strength, they could be a force to be reckoned with.
Where is Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney?
The Giants highest paid player on offense and their 2021 first round pick have barely seen any playing time in the first two games of the season. Golladay, who signed a four year contract worth $72 million, has not been involved in the Giants offense at all this year practically. He had just two catches in week one against the Titans and nothing on Sunday in their win over Carolina. For Toney, he played more snaps than Golladay but was still non-effective in the Giants win. He has just two receptions for no yards and could get into a groove. It will be very interesting to see when and if the Giants can get Toney and Golladay involved. They can be so electric when they step on the field with Golladay’s hands and Toney’ speed.