8:20 PM Giants at Cowboys
lose to the Cowboys 20-13.
Eli Manning was 33 of 44 for 279 yards, and 1 TD.
Barkley rushed for 28 yards on 11 carries, and caught 14 passes for 80 yards.
Wayne Gallman rushed for 2 yards on 1 carry and caught 1 pass for 11 yards.
Stewart rushed for 1 yard on 2 carries.
Evan Engram caught 7 passes
for 67 yards.
Beckham Jr. caught 4 passes for 51 yards.
Cody Latimer caught 2 passes
for 41 yards.
caught 3 passes for 24 yards.
Rhett Ellison caught 2 passes
for 5 yards.
Rosas kicked 28 and 38 yard field goals.
the game at home is so different from the stadium experience. Still, I'm glad
I didn't see what I saw happening tonight first hand. After last week, even though
they lost, the Giants showed such promise playing the Jacksonville Jaguars. The
Cowboys are thought to be a weaker team, so I'm not ashamed to say I was expecting
to see the Giants come away with their first win. Instead they seemed overwhelmed
from the start.
I don't know what weaknesses the Cowboys saw from watching
game film, but they certainly did their job. Three plays into the game and the
Cowboys had a touchdown. On their next possession they added a field goal. All
the Giants could do was punt for the whole first half, and at the end of it they
were trailing 10-0.
The Giants got the ball to lead off in the third quarter,
and I was hoping for a comeback, but after a few plays Eli Manning was overwhelmed,
and in taking yet another sack, he fumbled the ball over to the Cowboys. They
were about 27 yards out, but the defense was able to hold them to just a field
goal. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard seemed to be almost invisible so
far tonight, but on Manning's next shot, he connected with Cody Latimer for 37
It got the Giants to the Cowboys 25-yard line, and they got down to
the three. Unfortunately there was an offensive holding call on Rhett Ellison,
and the Giants ended up with a field goal to make it a 13-3 score. After watching
Manning take another sack, you saw the Cowboys start off a drive that seemed to
last forever into the fourth quarter, and they finished it off with a touchdown.
The Cowboys were now up by 17 points.
The Giants came back right away with
their first touchdown of the game on a Manning to Evan Engram pass from the Cowboys
18-yard line. Now the Giants were down by ten with about a minute and a half left.
They did recover the onside kick, and Aldrick Rosas went on to kick a field goal
with 11 seconds left. The next try on the onside kick went out of bounds to end
things 20-13 in favor of the Cowboys. It wasn't a pretty game by any means, and
I guess the best part about watching from home is you got to switch off the TV
set and be done with it instead of fighting traffic while thinking about what
could have been."
would have thought the Giants paid Saquon Barkley the money that Odell Beckham
Jr. got the way they used Barkley and ignored Beckham in this game. Last week
Barkley rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries, had one touchdown, and caught 2 of
6 passes for 22 yards. This game Barkley had 11 carries for 28 yards and ended
up being the top receiver, catching 14 of 18 passes for 80 yards. Evan Engram
was next, catching (and hanging on to) all 7 passes thrown his way for 67 yards,
including one for a touchdown. Beckham was targeted 9 times and he pulled in 4
for 51 yards.
So all in all Barkley was the key man tonight. As a running back
he had one long 10 yard play which was good, but even with that, his average was
only 2.5 yards a carry. His receiving average was 5.7, which was less than any
other receiver who caught a pass except for Rhett Ellison who was 2 for 2 for
just 5 yards.
Behind this offensive
line, Manning barely has a chance to check down receivers as other quarterbacks
do. It seems as though Manning has to look to ensure his check down option, and
then if there is no defender in his face (usually there is), he can take a quick
look-see for a deeper pass. That's not how it's supposed to work, and the result
is what we got tonight, lots of completions for minimal yardage.
defense was caught in the headlights at the start of the Cowboys opening drive.
The third play of the game was a Dak Prescott to Tavon Austin pass that went for
a 64 yard touchdown. The Cowboys had to work to get downfield for their field
goal on their next drive, and then the Giants defense settled in. There was no
scoring for the rest of the half.
A sack fumble gave the Cowboys great field
position at the start of the third quarter at the Giants 27 yard line, and they
added a field goal. They worked to score one more touchdown at the start of the
fourth quarter and that was it for them. The Giants offense managed one touchdown
and two field goals in the game, so the Cowboys had a 20-13 win. The Giants will
need a better offensive game plan if they hope to get their first win of the season
in Houston next Sunday. Like the Giants, the Texans are also struggling and have
two losses on the season."
Tavon Austin 64 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett
3 plays, 75 yards, 1:34
- FIELD GOAL
Brett Maher 37 Yd Field Goal
plays, 64 yards, 3:58
- FIELD GOAL
Brett Maher 29 Yd Field Goal
plays, 16 yards, 2:39
- FIELD GOAL
Aldrick Rosas 28 Yd Field Goal
plays, 66 yards, 6:12
Ezekiel Elliott 6 Yd Run (Brett Maher Kick)
info: 14 plays, 82 yards, 8:23
Evan Engram 18 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick
11 plays, 75 yards, 4:18
- FIELD GOAL
Aldrick Rosas 38 Yd Field Goal
plays, 33 yards, 1:16
are 0-2 for the second year in a row and for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
have lost three games in a row to Dallas since sweeping the Cowboys in 2016. Giants
Saquon Barkley set a Giants franchise record with 14 receptions (for 80 yards).
23 Giants at Houston.
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