Weird victory squad makes Big Blue jokes


EAST RUTHERFORD – Win or lose, the Giants are going to be laughed at for what happened late in the first half on Sunday against the Washington soccer team.

And, you know, rightly so.

It was if the Giants’ offense – overstaffed and lacking in talent in key places, of course – returned to the 1970s playbook on a possession that cried out for surrender before football was broken.

The Giants’ streak started at the 3-yard line and in the shadow of the goal post.

Last week in Chicago, after a blunder put the offense in a similar situation, the Bears tackled Devontae Booker for safety. The game ultimately cost the Giants five points after the Bears kicked off the possession that followed.

So they were here on Sunday, and the game calls reflected fear – perhaps a tinge of football intelligence, given the circumstances – and the reaction on social media was as you would expect.

On the first try, quarterback Jake Fromm jumped a 3-yard pass to the feet of fullback Eli Penny for a failure. The Giants then had to burn a time out when Penny was late on the pitch because he went on the sidelines first.

On the second down, Penny moved early and there was a penalty, half the distance to goal.

So, facing second and 11, the Giants entered a sort of victorious formation with two full-backs lined up next to Fromm and a receiver behind them. They called for a stealth quarterback, essentially a two-yard push-the-stack abandonment play.

The Giants used the same formation on the third down with another Fromm sneak, this time for a yard, then took out Riley Dixon for the punt.

The Giants have been shut out so far and haven’t scored a touchdown in six quarters.

Art Stapleton is the Giants’ Beat Writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Giants analysis, news, transactions and more, please sign up today and sign up for our NFC East newsletter.

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