The New York Giants entered week three with an 0-2 record but were set to play a 49ers team that would be without a plethora of starters, potentially giving them a chance.
The New York Giants held an 0-2 record through two weeks after decently close losses to both the Steelers and Bears. Unfortunately for the Giants, week three was unlike weeks one and two, and they would go on to get blown out by the injury-riddled 49ers.
The 49ers were without a plethora of starters on Sunday, with Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Deebo Samuel, Tevin Coleman, Dee Ford, George Kittle, Dre Greenlaw, Weston Richburg, Ronald Blair, Solomon Thomas, and Richard Sherman all sidelined in week three.
With this, it looked as if the Giants might have a chance to be competitive, and maybe come away with a win against the reigning NFC Champions, but that could not have been further from the truth.
The Giants failed to find the end zone a single time on Sunday and struggled to keep the 49ers out of it. Even though the 49ers were without their top two running backs, they still managed to rack up three rushing touchdowns as Jerick McKinnon, Brandon Aiyuk, and Jeff Wilson jr. each recorded a rushing touchdown.
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In addition to that, Nick Mullens had himself a game in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, as he threw for 343 yards on 25-36 passing with a touchdown and no interceptions. On the other side of the field, Daniel Jones wasn’t horrible despite failing to throw a touchdown, as he threw for 179 yards on 17 completions with an interception and 15 incompletions.
The bad news is, Jones was just over 50% passing and had two turnovers as he had a fumble and an interception. The Giants’ biggest problem on Sunday was their rushing game that seemingly never got started.
New York’s newest signing, Devonta Freeman, had five touches but had only 10 rushing yards, as Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis had a combined five touches and seven yards, certainly not great and the absence of Saquon Barkley was felt on Sunday.
After a 36-9 loss to San Francisco, the Giants will now be forced to go up against the Rams in Los Angeles in week three.