After Monday’s game, Brady may have been only 200 miles from the site of his many glories in Foxborough, Mass., but the conversation was entirely about his new workplace. Brady was disappointed in his early play on Monday night, when the Giants built a 14-3 lead and Brady was being hounded by a persistent Giants pass rush. (Some things never change when Brady faces the Giants.)
“I had guys open that I missed,” Brady said of his wide receivers, who at that juncture were not actually getting much separation from their defenders. “We’ve got to execute better.”
Tampa Bay Coach Bruce Arians, who lured Brady to the Buccaneers, blamed the low energy setting of a fan-free Monday night football game for Brady’s slow start.
“I’ve never driven to the Meadowlands and the scene is empty — we did not find energy fast enough,” Arians said.
Then, referring to the Giants’ rookie coach, Joe Judge, Arians added: “We got kicked in the mouth and credit Joe Judge — he had his team ready. They played their tails off.”
The Giants did indeed have seemingly every early advantage, and if Daniel Jones, the Giants’ second-year quarterback, had not overthrown or misfired in attempts to connect with his best target, Darius Slayton, who was open downfield several times, the Giants might have been leading by three touchdowns, or more.
But Jones continues to make the same mistakes repeatedly, most notably in his decision-making when under pressure. Monday, instead of conceding a sack when under siege or heaving the football out of bounds, he threw two needless, reckless interceptions. The second of those turnovers, on the second play of the third quarter, led to 9 consecutive points by the Buccaneers and their first lead in the game.