The New York Giants opened the 2013 season with a 31-36 lost to the Dallas Cowboys.
Eli Manning went 27 for 42 with 450 yards passing, four touchdowns and three interceptions. The first of Eli’s interceptions came on the opening play of the game. The Giants had six turnovers altogether. Two fumbles came from second-year running back David Wilson. One turnover came off a punt that hit a Giant who was falling back to protect the punt returner. There was simply no way for the Giants to have won this game with that many turnovers.
The good that came from this game was that Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks looked healthy and were able to put up some big numbers. They both had five receptions and more than 100 yards receiving. There was also the 70-yard touchdown catch by Cruz.
But Victor wasn’t done: Cruz finished with three touchdowns. There were question about both receivers’ health coming into the game, but with the numbers they put up I would say those questions have been answered.
Another bright spot was Ruben Randle, the second-year player out of LSU. He had five reception for 101 yards. The Giants are expecting him to produce good numbers this year.
Now for the bad that came from this game. The running game was a complete non-factor in this game, other than giving up 2 fumbles. David Wilson, Da’Rel Scott and Eli Manning all combined for 50 yards. If the Giants have any hope of winning games, they need more production out of the running game.
The two fumbles have already landed Wilson in Tom Coughlin’s dog house. The team is already bringing in free agents to work out. They need to find the answer to this problem fast; without a running game a lot more pressure will fall on Manning to produce offense.
With the all the turnovers and lack of running the ball I would not be so quick to judge the defense. The defense found themselves with a short field to defend a lot of the time because of turnovers. Two of the touchdowns scored for Dallas were on defense. The Giants defense only gave up two touchdowns and forced the Cowboys to settle for three field goals. That is one of the reasons the Cowboys did not run away with the game. We’ll have to see how the defense performs in the next few games. The next opponent is Denver and Peyton Manning is coming off one of his best games ever. Lets see what the defense can do against him.
Another person to keep an eye on is Eli Manning. Every time he threw an interception he shook it off and tried to lead his offense on the next drive. If Eli can avoid making costly mistakes and put up the passing numbers like we’re accustomed to seeing, he should have a great season. It only the first week: one game can not make or break a season this early.
The season is a marathon, not a sprint: it’s not how you start, but how you finish. We have only just started.