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What others are saying about Sunday’s loss
The Giants scored first with an impressive 91-yard touchdown drive after forcing a Cowboys punt on their first possession. It was the only pleasant surprise of the day for a Giants team that showed no signs of life on the defensive side of the ball at any point before Dallas pulled their starters. The Giants suffered from blown coverages in the secondary, a lack of speed in press-man coverage on the outside, and the end result was a 405-yard passing day from Dak Prescott. The Giants allowed four passing touchdowns and didn't force a single turnover on defense. On the offensive side of the ball, Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram did their best to prevent the Giants from getting the dreaded "F" grade. Both players are clearly the focal point of an offense that totaled 470 yards -- and only one scoring drive came when the game was already over.
The Giants are going to have a problem on the defensive side, as a season-opening loss to the Cowboys exposed their insufficient talent. No pass rush. An inability for any cornerback other than Janoris Jenkins to cover. No difference-makers or playmakers. The Giants were outclassed by the Cowboys, allowing almost 500 total yards despite Dallas shutting it down early in the fourth quarter. And now the Giants will travel to Buffalo next week to face a team that overcame a 16-0 deficit to beat Jets on Sunday.
The Giants are tiptoeing around the edge of “irreparably broken”
Pat Shurmur’s offense put to bed the fears that they would overwork star running back Saquon Barkley in a loss to the Cowboys on Sunday by … essentially not using him. He had fewer than 10 touches heading into the midway point of the third quarter, despite averaging more than 10 yards a carry and almost 10 yards a catch.
The team has already cost themselves so many rebuilding opportunities by perpetually affixing temporary bandages to the roster in an effort to appease Eli Manning. The issue now, though, is that they are legitimately squandering the prime of a truly special player. Look at the production arcs for running backs after the age of 24 and tell me that isn’t the window of opportunity the Giants should truly be worried about.
Golden Tate coming back isn’t going to fix anything beyond another reliable target that Manning can’t maximize in the context of this offense. Every week that they delay the inevitable transition is just another week where Barkley is out there getting taxed like a workhorse starting pitcher without an offense behind him. Maybe Daniel Jones isn’t the answer, but he needs a large enough sample size to make that determination clear.
You want to blame Eli Manning for Cowboys 35, Giants 17 in Sunday’s season opener at AT&T Stadium?
Go ahead. Have at it. But this loss was not on the quarterback. This loss was on exactly what we thought the Giants’ most glaring weaknesses were all along entering the season: their young, inexperienced cornerbacks and their nonexistent pass rush.
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