The Giants didn’t get off to the start they were hoping for as they fall to the Dallas Cowboys 24-17 in the season opener at MetLife Stadium.
Tony Romo and Kevin Ogletree had their way with the Giants secondary tonight. The Cowboys passing game definitely opened things up for Murray and the running game which would begin to wear down the Giants defense.
Demarco Murray, 20 yards carries for 131 yards … after a slow start, the Cowboys running game went into another gear.
Kevin Ogletree came up huge tonight for the Cowboys. 8 catches 114 yards, 2 tds
The story tonight was how comfortable Tony Romo looked running the offense for the Cowboys.
Eli Manning didn’t throw any interceptions tonight, however it was basically an uphill battle for him and the Giants offense throughout the second half.
The secondary already banged up takes another hit … Cornerback Michael Coe had to leave the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Coe started in place of the injured Prince Amukamara.
The Giants defense didn’t play well tonight. The defense had a chance to stop Dallas and get the ball back for their offense late in the 4th quarter however could not get it done. …. The pass rush wasn’t there and Romo had plenty of time in the pocket to hit his receivers. The secondary is a patchwork job right now and unless the Giants can get healthy in a hurry they may struggle this season. Their one consistent starter at cornerback Corey Webster was burned on plays by Dez Bryant and Ogletree.
Penalties … Dallas had 13 for 84 yards.
Martellus Bennett had an impressive debut for the Giants tonight. 4 catches for 40 yards, 1 TD
Victor Cruz … 3 big dropped passes tonight. A False start and called for an illegal block. Cruz had a long night out there.
David Wilson didn’t have the rookie debut he was hoping for tonight. Wilson only carried twice for 4 yards. The fumble he had in the first quarter may have played a factor in how much he saw the football after that.
The Giants are going to have to tighten up that secondary as best they can going forward. Their really going to need Amukamara to be ready to play in week 2.
Week 2 at home for Tampa Bay. Head coach Tom Coughlin is going to have his work cut out for him this upcoming week as the Giants are going to have this shake this loss off quickly and be ready to go against the Bucs.