Well that was not fun for Giant fans. The Giants put up a stinker on Wednesday night losing to the rival Cowboys by the score of 24-17. Lets break this game down for you:
1. The Giants Offensive Line Woes Have Emerged
The Giants offensive line tonight was terrible. In the passing game it seemed like Eli Manning had to step away from pressure the whole game. He was flustered. Especially David Diehl looked extremely slow tonight vs. DeMarcus Ware. In the running game there were really not a lot of holes for Bradshaw to go through if any at all.
Just a terrible performance.
2. The Giants DL Got Tired
The Giants came out looking like the defense that they were during that Super Bowl run last year, but the losses of Marvin Austin, Shaun Rodgers, and other key pieces really hurt them after the half. You saw the push that Rocky Bernard was getting at the beginning starting to fade away as the game went on, and that led to bigger holes for DeMarco Murray to run through.
Once they get healthy they should be a dominant defense again.
3. Ahmad Bradshaw Does Not Hit The Hole
Although the offensive lineplay was poor i felt as if Bradshaw was going east and west a lot more than north and south. In English, he was not hitting the holes when there were holes. Maybe he has lost a little burst but he struggled for most of the night due to his inability to hit the hole when it actually emerged.
4. Victor Cruz Had a Terrible Game
3 dropped passes, an illegal block and a couple of false starts. That is unacceptable. I understand that he was pumped for this game, but there should be no reason for him to be making those mistakes. The Giants need him and I thought Cruz’s miscues was as much a cause for this loss as the offensive line
5. Lets End On a Positive
With all the injuries the Giants were dealing with it was impressive to see them stay in the game for this long. It was only a matter of time before Romo started exploiting the terrible cornerback situation the Giants put themselves into. On top of that, you cant blame Eli because the Cowboys defense was just a lot better tonight. Finally on a closing note, Jason Pierre-Paul looked great. He disrupted a couple of plays from Tony Romo, but could not get the big sack.
What’s Next: The Giants take their talents to Tampa Bay next week to play the Bucaneers @ 1 PM.