The New York Giants had a chance to start the season on the right note and erase the horrid memories from last season. They failed miserably at this task on their way to a 36-31 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night. Read on to find out the Greats and Goats following New York's opening week defeat.
The New York Giants had a case of the turnover bug all night while coughing up six turnovers against the Dallas Cowboys. Everything that went wrong last season, continued to look bad during the opening week. Eli Manning threw questionable passes, the running backs fumbled the football, and the wide receivers dropped easy balls. As for the defense, it didn't look much better. The front seven was unable to apply pressure on Tony Romo and the secondary was unable to contain the Cowboys' wide receivers.
All these problems added up to a Giants' defeat. Now there is news that Big Blue has signed running back Brandon Jacobs to a contract. The Giants need to solve their running back issues quick. They all need to be able to stop the opposing passing game. The Giants are heading into the Manning bowl against the Denver Broncos a week after Peyton Manning tied the single game record with seven touchdown passes against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
The Giants star receivers both stepped up during the opening week, but it was not enough to lead them to victory. Cruz is fresh off a new contract and is proving why he received a major pay day. Cruz picked up right where he left off last year with five receptions for 118 yards and three touchdown catches. Cruz's speed was hard to keep up with and Manning loved releasing the long ball to his slot receiver.
Nicks was also a threat in the passing game. Manning found Nicks five times for 114 yards against the Cowboys. Nicks is look for a pay day of his own and hopes to show he can become an elite receiver in the NFL. He has the athletic ability and height to do so.
You can blame the lack of pressure put on Tony Romo, or the turnovers by the offense, but the secondary could not keep up with the Dallas Cowboys. Romo began the season with a stellar performance throwing for 263 yards and two touchdown passes. This is a new group of players in the secondary. Aaron Ross
is back from the Jacksonville Jaguars
, Terrell Thomas
returns from his third ACL injury, and Ryan Mundy
came over from the Pittsburgh Steelers
to replace the injured Stevie Brown
. Mundy had a 91 yard interception return, which was one of the lone highlights of the night for this secondary. Mundy will have to continue to perform well because the Giants lost Brown for the season. Brown was the team leader in interceptions with eight last year. They will have a rude awakening against Peyton Manning if the defense does not fix this during practice this week.