- My biggest issue with this game, even more than the defensive struggles, was the lack of touches for Saquon Barkley. If the offense is run through him, that immediately makes the defense’s job so much easier. Sure Dak was picking them apart with ease, but the fact that Dallas even had the ball in so many situations was simply because the Giants wouldn’t give Barkley the ball. When you have arguably the best RB and one of the most explosive players in the NFL in your backfield, you can’t afford to run 2 straight short yardage plays in the opponent’s territory (3rd & 2, 4th & 1) without him touching the ball. -
- The Giants were 2/12 on 3rd down conversions. Again, there’s no excuse for how poorly the defense played, but the offense needs to make it easier for them especially when they are actually moving the ball pretty well. There’s no reason this offense should have only scored 10 points until garbage time, so many missed opportunities (of course a couple terrible calls mixed in as well)
- Evan Engram was the highlight of the Giants offense in my opinion. While Barkley looked unstoppable when the Giants actually gave him the ball, Engram was constantly getting open for receptions against the stellar Cowboys LBs.
- The Giants run defense was actually a highlight of the game, but the pass defense was so awful it overshadowed the fact that they contained Ezekiel Elliott pretty well.
- Eli Manning played fine, and there’s no reason to call for Daniel Jones to step in already -
- Giants fans need to accept that the Dallas Cowboys have a great team. This was not the ideal situation for the Giants to start the season with so many new starters on Defense.
Next week they will take on Buffalo at home, a MUCH less talented offense and a defense that is comparable to Dallas. I really like this matchup for NYG as a potential bounce-back game, but a LOT needs to change for that to happen. Still interested to see what they can do.
*JUST GIVE SAQUON THE BALL*