It was another home game and another heartbreaking loss for the Giants this Sunday, as they fell to the Cowboys by the score of 31-28. Although Big Blue took a 21-10 into halftime, the margin didn’t hold up against a Dallas attack that the Giants have been unable to slow down this season. Here are your cheers and jeers.
Odell Beckham Jr.
In one of the most spectacular performance we’ve seen out of a Giants receiver in some time, Beckham caught 10 of the 11 passes thrown to him for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Most of the fireworks came before halftime, when the rookie caught both of his scores, including one that will be seen on highlights reels for years to come. With Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr pulling him to the ground by his jersey, Beckham reached back with one hand and snagged a 43-yard bomb from Manning early in the second quarter. The ball somehow stuck to Beckham’s fingertips as he fell into the end zone. It was something that had to be seen to be believed.
Although the Giants struggled to run the ball against Dallas on Sunday, Jennings was a huge asset in the passing game, as Manning couldn’t find anyone besides Beckham downfield. Instead, he often dumped the ball off to Jennings, who was shifty enough to gain 68 yards on eight receptions. His most impressive play of the night came in the fourth quarter when he turned an innocent-looking swing pass into a 27-yard gain to set up New York’s go-ahead score. It’s plays like that that make you wonder how Jennings flew under the radar for so long in his NFL career.
You have to hand it to Schwartz. After missing the first 10 games of the season with a toe injury, he suited up not as his regular guard position, but at right tackle due to the injury to Justin Pugh. The veteran held his own for the most part, paving the way for an 18-yard rush from Andre Williams and giving Manning enough time to throw for 338 yards. That sort of performance is a pleasant surprise for a Giants team that is all kinds of desperate on the offensive line.
Tony Romo never looked very uncomfortable in this game, and a lot of that is due to the poor play of Jason Pierre-Paul and the rest of the defensive front. Although he did make some nice plays in the running game to “limit” DeMarco Murray to 121 yards rushing, Pierre-Paul managed just one hit on the quarterback in the passing game. With Dallas needing a touchdown on its final drive, Romo had more time than he needed to find Dez Bryant in the end zone.
It wasn’t a good night for the Giants’ pass or run defense against the Cowboys. Herzlich allowed Murray to get the best of him with a stiff arm and the linebacking corps did not do a good enough job to keep the best back in the league from bouncing runs outside or falling forward for positive gains. This is a unit that has been overlooked by New York’s front office for too long, and that becomes even more apparent with performances like this one.