The Giants fell to the Cardinals 27-21 on Sunday afternoon, following three total turnovers from rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
Jones lost two fumbles and threw one interception, while also getting sacked eight times in the loss. It wasn't all Jones' fault, however, as the defense allowed Cardinals backup, second-year running back Chase Edmonds to rush for a career-high 126 yards and three touchdowns.
After the game, head coach Pat Shurmur explained what went wrong during the game.
"Turnovers, penalties, and we had opportunities at the end and we didn't make the most of them," Shurmur said. "I felt like we settled down on defense in the second half. But when you have dropped balls, you have penalties, and we do the things we do offense along the way there, it keeps points off the board."
Shurmur didn't give up hope after his rookie quarterback's rough day.
"He's a tough son of a gun, and he's fighting through it," Shurmur said. "He made some good throws too, today. Did a lot of really good things, we just got to cut back on some of the mistakes."
Some of those mistakes could have likely been prevented if Jones got a little better protection from his offensive line, or at least not get sacked eight times. Jones still managed to go 22 of 35 passing for 223 yards and one touchdown.
"They did a good job of rushing us," Shurmur said. "We had a couple of breakdowns there, its a mixture of things. we'll just have to get back to basics there."
The Giants did manage to score 14 points in the second quarter after falling down 17-0 early on in the game. And it was actually the special teams that delivered right before halftime, with the second score coming on a Michael Thomas blocked punt that was recovered by Eli Penny in the end zone for the touchdown.
However, the defense still couldn't stop Edmonds in the second half, as he scored for third time on a 22 yard run to put the Cardinals up 24-14 in the third quarter.
"They had us spread out a little bit," Shurmur said. "I thought for the most part we did a pretty job on their toss plays, they had a couple wide zones that popped. They had a couple big runs against us that were actually touchdown runs."
The Giants have a good opportunity to get a win next week against the Detroit Lions (2-3-1), before they play the rival Dallas Cowboys in Week 9 and the Jets in Week 10.