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Cowboys 19, Giants 3, Post-Game Quotebook: “No Part Of The Offense Was Functional”

Giants react to season-opening loss

That was New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo’s succinct assessment after watching the offense put together an abysmal performance in Sunday’s season-opening 19-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants were, of course, playing without star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. That had to make some difference, but shouldn’t have led to a performance like what we saw.

“We have plenty of players who can make plays on the offense outside of Odell,” McAdoo said. “That’s no excuse.”

McAdoo was, of course, asked about the play of the offensive line.

“No part of the offense was functional tonight,” McAdoo said. “You can’t just point the finger at one person or one position when you have an outing like that.”

Going back to last season, this marks seven straight games in which the Giants have failed to score at least 20 points.

Here some thoughts from the players on Sunday’s loss.

Eli Manning on the offensive struggles without Beckham ...

“Obviously he is a tremendous player, but we got players. We got to play better than that. We got to do a better job finding completions on third down, converting those third downs and we’ll do a better job of that.”

Justin Pugh on the play of the offense ...

“Three points is not going to give you wins in the NFL.Our defense came out in the second half and held them scoreless. We’ve got to go down and get a touchdown on that first drive. It was good we got it moving. You can’t go three-and-out against their offense; when they are out there they can control the clock and tire you out. We’ve got to do our part. We didn’t that in the first half.”

Brandon Marshall on his unproductive Giants debut ...

“We had high hopes. It was Sunday night football, and we wanted to put on a good show for ourselves, and our fans. It didn’t happen, and it’s disappointing. But it’s a long season. That’s a division foe, and they played a hell of a game. We’ll see them again come winter time (on Dec. 11 in MetLife Stadium), and we’ll have to come prepared. We’ll be ready”