New York Giants: Five Takeaways From Week 1

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Aug 9, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21) during pre game warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

2. Steve Spagnuolo Turned The Giants’ Defense Around

Say what you want about the Giants’ defense, but besides the last minute of the game they played extremely well. The difference between last year and this year is mind-boggling. Steve Spagnuolo’s mix of youth in formerly aging Giants’ defense seems to be working out quite well.

Spagnuolo seemed to put all his concentration in the secondary, which ended up being just fine against the Cowboys’ high-octane offense. Dominique Rodgers-Cromarite showed flashes of his former days with the Denver Broncos and returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Unani ‘Unga proved that he is a very promising young player, but the Giants paid the price for letting a rookie start at middle linebacker. ‘Unga played well, but was clearly taken advantage of by Tony Romo and Jason Witten. The rookie held his own and managed to intercept Romo, but still showed that he needs improvement.

The one downside to the Giants defense is that they are desperately missing Jason-Pierre-Paul. Romo had way to much time to throw the ball and the Giants’ defensive line was manhandled by the Cowboys’ offensive line.

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