No one expected a blowout, although many New York Giants fans would’ve appreciated that type of game instead of what had to be endured last Sunday night. The way some are acting however, one would think that the Giants never had a chance and the season is over just as it begins. Stop.
Some things were known going into the first week of the regular season. One: injuries would affect the team. It just so happened to be protection issues for quarterback Eli Manning. Most thought it would be the secondary (which was beyond thin) and the linebacker corps that would falter. That defense held Tony Romo & Co. to two touchdowns and three field goals (23 points). They weren’t to blame for the L.
While both teams played sloppy ball, the Giants did their best on the offensive line to make sure Manning had no time to feel comfortable back there or get timing established with his receivers. Despite that, three of those wideouts had over 100 yards. Hakeem Nicks (114), Victor Cruz (118), and Rueben Randle (101) took over for a stagnant running game and managed to get open enough for their offensive captain. Easy E had three recorded interceptions, but only one was arguably his fault — to Will Allen. On one, Will Beatty let DeMarcus Ware go inside, into the passing lane, and Eli subsequently dumped it off to No. 94. Oops. From their own 20, the Giants held Dallas to three. It could have been worse, so thank the defensive line. On the other interception, we all saw how Da’Rel Scott tipped the ball up to Brandon Carr for that pick-six. That, perhaps, is one of the most debated plays in recent memory.
Another “known” as blue suited up for the season: that secondary had some serious question marks on it. What wasn’t known (or expected by most) was how well defensive back Terrell Thomas would come back and be right back in the same form he was (at aggressive nickel) pre-ACL tears in 2010. Six solo tackles, one assist and a pass defensed as he flew around the field. No one can say they aren’t happy for No. 24. As safety Ryan Mundy struggled early on, he settled in and actually had the only interception (tipped from Prince Amukamara) of the game for Big Blue.
One last “we knew that” was that no matter what, you cannot count out these New York Football Giants. Despite five turnovers by the end of the fourth quarter and 1:50 left (on their own 49), the Giants were in perfect position to again win in Dallas and in the same fashion that they had been winning. The resiliency of this team remains. Most realistic Cowboys fans that don’t yell “five rings!” during any debate admitted that they were nervous until Carr sealed their win.
What we know after week one is that all complaints fans (and a frustrated Tom Coughlin) have are all fixable issues: fullback Henry Hynoski’s rust, running back David Wilson’s fumbles (he was stripped), Eli forcing passes, and lastly, the Giants now added a very familiar big body to help block (in Brandon Jacobs) as center David Baas is to rejoin his fellow linemen — moving Boothe back to guard. Sure, there’s much to build upon, but who thought that the team would be perfect?
This is the NFL, where anything can happen any given Sunday (or Thursday, Saturday, or Monday).
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