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Week One Wrap Up

Giants vs Cowboys

The New York Giants had a rough week 1 at AT&T Stadium vs the Dallas Cowboys without their star wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown over Eli Apple of the New York Giants in the first half, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on September 10, 2017 (AFP Photo/RONALD MARTINEZ)

 

By Meir Sommer – Big Blue United 9.11.17


It is Monday morning. The Giants have just lost miserably against the bitter division rival Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas by a score of 19-3. The offense never got anything going and made the Cowboys defense look like they’re among the NFL elite. They only put 3 points on the board, a field goal by rookie kicker, Aldrick Rosas, the first of his career. The offensive line looked more sieve-like than ever. Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa couldn’t manage to scrape anything together and combined for only 30 yards. Eli Manning rarely had enough time to get off his passes and even when he did, he looked all out of sorts throwing above and behind receivers with alarming regularity. Roger Lewis was the Giants leading receiver with only 54 yards. Off-season acquisitions Brandon Marshall and Even Engram barely managed to make any positive impact. Engram caught four passes for 44 yards and Marshall only had one reception that picked up a meager 10 yards.  All in all it was a poor showing on the offensive side of the ball which clearly missed the presence of Odell Beckham Junior and only managed to pick up 13 first downs with one coming by way of a Dallas penalty.

Even on the defensive side of the ball, the Giants were simply on the field way too much. Considering the fact that the Cowboys ran 47 plays in the first half alone, it’s a wonder they played as well as they did, only allowing 19 points to one of the league’s premier offenses. They also held the Cowboys to a total of 129 yards rushing, 20 less than they averaged last season. Still, it’s no wonder Ezekiel Elliott, who the Giants simply had no answer for all game, managed to pick up 140 yards from scrimmage. Eli Apple struggled in coverage for a large part of the game as well.  The Cowboys used their offensive line to extend drives and exhaust the Giants defensive who only managed to keep the Giants in the game by coming up with crucial stops in the red zone time and time again.

All in all, the Giants have a lot to improve on and a lot to prove heading in to their week two match-up and home opener against the Lions on Monday night. The Lions are coming off of a big 35-23 victory over the Cardinals. The good news is the Giants hope to have Beckham back by Monday. This should help the offense put some points on the board against a Lions defense that ranked 19th in the league against the pass last season. In addition, the Giants saw flashes of brilliance from young linebacker B.J. Goodson who had to fill the role of the injured linebacker Keenan Robinson. The Giants defense will have a massive chip on their shoulders and play angry and there’s reason for hope. Hope that the Giants passing game will improve, hope that they can keep the elite Giants defense off the field, and hope for a .500 record going in to week three against the Eagles in Philadelphia.