It wasn’t easy for the New York Giants on Monday to come back to their practice facilities at the Quest Diagnostics Center, and go over the tape from their heartbreaking loss to their NFC East Division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants had to relive and reflect on a game, that they should have won. Watching their team both offensively and defensively have mental breakdowns on the last two possessions of the game that cost them their first victory of the season.
“ I know just for myself this is probably one of the toughest losses that I’ve had in my career,” Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins said on the loss to the Cowboys. “ I found myself, even today, needing a boost. Definitely devastated.”
From quarterback Eli Manning making the mistake to throw the ball away instead of taking a knee that would stop the clock, to the Giants defense allowing the Cowboys offense to march down the field on them like it was a video game, Big Blue needs to find ways to help close out games more efficiently.
“I think, for us, especially the last drive of the game, we mentally had gotten a little down and we can’t let that happen,” Jenkins felt about the Giants defense execution on the last drive if the game. “ I think that the assignments, some of the technique in the assignments, weren’t the best. We just couldn’t close it out and finish it. ”
It’s a devastating loss anyway you put it for the Giants. They had a chance to beat a division rival on the road and take advantage of the NFC East, but for the fifth consecutive year they are 0-1 to start the season.
Also, the fact that they were outplayed for most of the game, and still were in position to win at the end, shows the Giants that their team can be really tough to beat when they are clicking on all cylinders.
Now the Giants will need to rebound from the Dallas debacle, and need to rally around each other if they want to have a quick turn around.
“We just have to rally together, stay behind each other, and get through this together,” Jenkins said. “We were playing together really well, and I thought we showed a lot of good things out there. It’s something that we can build off of, and understand that we can be even better, and even more dominant.”
The beginning of the recovery from the Dallas loss for the Giants, will start on Wednesday at practice, when they will need to turn their attention to getting ready for the Atlanta Falcons.
If the Giants can beat the Falcons this Sunday, it will help turn their season around tremendously and help push the loss to Dallas into their rearview mirrors.
Remember an NFL team has 16 games they play in a regular season. The Giants still have 15 more games left to play and no doubt can still make a run at winning at the NFC East.