Eli Manning struggled all night without Odell Beckham Jr. He completed 28-of-37 passes (75.7 percent), but had only 211 yards and threw an interception. The Giants offense struggled throughout, with only 224 total yards compared to the Cowboys 392 yards.
Contributing to the Giants struggles on offense was the running game. Paul Perkins carried the ball seven times for 16 yards, good for 2.3 yards per carry. The Giants as a team only ran for 35 yards.
New York failed to get Brandon Marshall involved in his first game as a Giant. Marshall finished the contest with just one catch, which came in the final seconds. Shane Vereen caught nine passes for 51 yards and Sterling Shepard caught seven passes for 44 yards on eight targets. Evan Engram had a solid debut as a Giant, catching four passes for 44 yards on four targets.
“No part of the offense was functional tonight,” said coach Ben McAdoo.
Moments That Mattered
- Odell Beckham Jr. missed tonight’s game with a sprained ankle that he suffered in the Giants’ preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Beckham was doubtful all week to play and the Giants made the game time decision to sit him. (Full story)
- The Giants were not able to get a first-down until early in the second quarter, with the Cowboys dominating in the time of possession early on.
- New York was only able to muster 49 yards of offense in the first half, leading to a 16-0 deficit.
Score By Score
- Dan Bailey capped a nine-play, 58-yard drive with a 21-yard field goal to put the Cowboys up 3-0 with 6:25 left in the first quarter.
- On the next Dallas possession, Bailey hit another field goal, this time from 48 yards out. That capped a 14-play, 48-yard drive that took 7:38.
- A 12-yard pass from Prescott to Jason Witten ended a six-play, 65-yard drive and gave Dallas a 13-0 lead with 1:46 left in the half.
- A 42-yard field goal by Bailey with :07 left before halftime gave Dallas a 16-0 lad.
- The Giants started the second half on a 16-play, 68-yard drive but failed to get the ball into the end zone. The drive ended with a Aldrick Rosas 25-yard field goal to trim the Cowboys lead to 16-3. with 5:20 left in the third quarter.
- Bailey added a 36-yard field goal with 2:00 left in the fourth quarter to extend the Cowboys lead to 19-3.
The Giants will play in their second regular season game on Sept. 18, when they will return to Met Life Stadium to take on the Detroit Lions. The game can be seen on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Lions are 1-0 with a win at home against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
NOTE: Be sure to check out Dan Berkman’s post-game Facebook Live session.