It wasn’t a sendoff to the bye week the New York Giants wanted on Sunday. The Giants lost a tough one on the road against their NFC East division rival the Dallas Cowboys 31-21, making it two straight losses going into their bye week. Unlike their 27-0 loss against fellow NFC East division rival the Philadelphia Eagles a week before, the Giants were in the game to the very end against the Cowboys and if not from some blunders on offense and defense, Big Blue would have been going into their bye week with a win. With that said, will start off this weeks segment of Cheers and Jeers: Giants vs Cowboys addition, with the factors that hurt the Big Blue chances of leaving Dallas with a victory.
3rd Down Defense: Overall, the Giants defense did not have a bad game and did a great job of keeping the Cowboys offense, especially their running game, in check during some spots in the game. The problem for the Giants defense though all game was stopping Dallas on third down. The Cowboys were 9-14 on third downs, one of which went went for a Dallas touchdown. If an offense completes over sixty percent on third downs, they're going to have a great chance of winning the game. The Giants defense needs to get better on stopping teams on third downs and getting off the field. That means the Giants pass rush needs to step on third down and the Giants need to get offense in more third and long situations.
Turnovers:For the past four games before Dallas, the Giants have done a great job of not turning the ball over. However against the Cowboys, the Giants had two turnovers that were big factors in the game. Both turnovers were on Giants tight end Larry Donnell, who has been a star offensive weapon for the Giants in the first half of the season. Donnell had two fumbles in the fourth quarter of the game, the first one killing a game tying drive that lead to a Cowboys touchdown and ultimately ending the game. His second fumble at the end of the game wasn’t a huge factor, but did hurt any chances the Giants have of making a miraculous comeback.
Even with some blunders on defense and offense, the Giants still saw great things from some of their players in the game. Here is your Jeers of the Giants vs Cowboys”
Odell Beckham Jr:The Giants have been waiting to see their 2014 first round pick Odell Beckham Jr in action and boy has he been worth the wait. Beckham has played great in the three games he has played this season and had huge game on Sunday against the Cowboys. Against Dallas, Beckham had four catches for 34 yards and two touchdowns. His great play has given the Giants another playmaker on the outside and with wide receiver Victor Cruz out for the season with a petalon tendon tear, the Giants need Beckham to keep stepping out and play well.
With the loss against the Cowboys, the Giants are now 3-4 on the season. If the Giants can correct their mistakes during their bye week and get healthy as a team, the Giants will be a tough team to play in the second half of the season. The Giants next game with be on Monday Night Football, November 3rd against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife stadium.