The Giants entered Week 7 with optimism after two of their top playmakers got cleared to return for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but they still struggled on offense.
New York got a boost from running back Saquon Barkley, who wasn't at his best as he returned for the first time in three games, but tight end Evan Engram didn't even show up.
The team's leading receiver caught just one pass on five targets for five yards while the unit led by rookie quarterback Daniel Jones failed to overcome the Cardinals at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where the Giants fell 27-21.
"I have to play better -- I have to be better for my team," Engram said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself, there's no excuses but we have to play better together, and we didn't do that today."
Jones made his fair share of mistakes, including three fumbles (two lost) and an interception, but the Cardinals (3-3-1) got to him on eight sacks as he received little help.
"It's a team thing," Engram said. "We get another opportunity next week and another week to prepare. We throw this one in the trash and we just have to bounce back. No dwelling on the past, we just have to keep moving forward. We're going to have more opportunities, so we'll take advantage of those."
Engram missed the Giants' 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 6, but he consistently showed up throughout his first five games of the 2019 season.
With injuries to key cogs such as Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (two concussions), plus wide receiver Golden Tate's four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, Engram kept the Giants' passing game afloat.
He caught 33 passes on 48 targets for 373 yards and two touchdowns, but his disappearing act against what was a struggling Cardinals defense coming into the game only added to the Giants' mounting issues.
"We just have to play better together," Engram said of the Giants, who head to Ford Field in Detroit next Sunday for Week 8's 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Lions (2-3-1). "It's simple."