Well, that was a dud.
Ugly, wet, disappointing, demoralizing…you pick the descriptor of your choice.
The game’s first three minutes were the best we saw from the Giants last night. After that, the team was manhandled and beaten in every phase of the game by the Cowboys. Nothing went right for the Giants last night.
The organization implored fans to come in Giants Blue. The fans left (many of them early) singing the blues or maybe just boos.
The stadium boos at halftime “rained down” heavier than the precipitation that fell from the sky.
When you have the entire preseason to prepare, fans are right to expect better performance from the Giants, or any team for that matter.
The Giants gave up touchdowns via special teams, offensive giveaways, and defensive lapses. They have now lost their last 11 games to the Cowboys. It certainly looked like Dallas was in the players’ heads.
Worse yet, the Giants’ All-Pro left tackle, Andrew Thomas, injures his hamstring trying to run down the player after the blocked field goal. He’s then left in the game for the next series and falls down trying to tackle the Cowboy defensive back on the pick-six. After that, the Giants’ offensive line, particularly the right side, resembled the turnstiles on the NYC subway platforms. Dallas rushers kept coming through them or hopping over them all night.
Giants’ QB Daniel Jones had no chance to set himself in the pocket. RG Mark Glowinsky and RT Evan Neal were no match for the Cowboys’ bull rush and stunts. All the new offensive weapons the Giants have are of no use if the offensive line cannot block and give Daniel Jones time to find them.
I will give a shout-out to Safety Xavier McKinney. He was the one player who showed effort and the ability to tackle all night for the Giants.
There’s never been a better time for the team to get on the road. Flush this game out of their minds. Reset. It’s Cardinals week on to Arizona. Then stay out west for the Thursday night 49ers game.
It will get better fans.
GM Joe and Dabs will make sure of it.