Let’s make this as simple as possible. The Cowboys out-rushed the Giants, 156 to 104. You can start there, because everything else is secondary.
The front seven — specifically LBs Jameel McClain, Jon Beason and Jacquian Williams — must hold their ground and fill those rushing lanes in order to contain DeMarco Murray.
A total collapse would have been tough enough for the Giants to swallow. But to do so against a division rival, and lose WR Victor Cruz for the season with a torn patellar tendon on top of it?
We know that rewarding Odell Beckham in his NFL debut might be the thing to do. But we try to go a bit deeper here whenever possible.
They hit the switch during Wednesday’s practice. Everybody on the 53-man roster participated and the players discovered their swagger as they prepared for Sunday’s home meeting with the Falcons.
The Redskins must have thought that Larry Donnell’s receiving stats after the first three games were a misprint, because they didn’t pay close attention to him.
Rashad Jennings carried the ball a career-high 34 times against the Texans, and it would be unrealistic to expect him to repeat that workload.
Jennings responded with career highs of 34 carries and 176 yards, including a 1-yard TD run that made it 14-0 late in the first half.
It’s time for the Giants to look in the mirror and figure out how they need to play. Houston has been able to execute, while coach Tom Coughlin’s team has failed to do so.
The fourth quarter contained the worst infractions: a punt return allowed for a TD, four dropped passes and two lost fumbles.
Only time will tell, but you would think it’s critical for the Giants — particularly the offense — to get off to a good start in their home opener on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Maybe the Giants could have used more preseason reps. Then again, maybe those would not have been enough, either, given the poor matchup against the Lions.
If the Giants are going to run the ball, they’ll have to make sure to neutralize one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in the league: Ndamukong Suh.
Don’t kid yourself. If this O-line doesn’t get it together, whatever improvements were made to the rest of the roster will go for naught.
Giants general manager Jerry Reese knew he had plenty of work to do, and he plugged a ton of holes in free agency. Now comes the hard part — the NFL Draft.