Sunday Night Football kicked off the season with an NFC rival matchup as the New York Giants took on the Dallas Cowboys.
With such a big rivalry featuring two of the NFL’s rising stars, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. and the Dallas Cowboy’s RB Ezekiel Elliot, the focus on these teams is always magnified!
The game was originally only supposed to feature one of these stars as Elliot should have been serving a 6-game suspension. However, that suspension was upheld and now Elliots has clearance to possibly play the entire season.
Unfortunately for Beckham, due to an unnecessary dirty hit in the preseason, the Giants would be without their star wideout. Beckham however, did make his way back onto the practice field later in the week but wasn’t cleared for the game. It’s clear he’s too important to the franchise to rush him back. With no Beckham, the Giants anticipated bigger roles from Wide Receivers Sterling Shepard and newly acquired Brandon Marshall, in addition to rookie vertical threat TE Evan Engram.
It only took a few snaps to see that it’s pretty clear the Giants O-line needs a lot of work as they allowed Eli Manning to be pressured and sacked multiple times. And with no ground game, the G-Men are one dimensional making it extremely easy for defenses to focus more on their offensive key players.
New York’s defense held their own for the most part as they were able to contain Dallas Cowboy’s 2nd-year Quarterback Dak Prescott. Giants Defensive Back Janoris “Jack Rabbit” Jenkins shined when the spotlight was cast on him, locking down Pro-Bowl Wide Receiver Dez Bryant.
That was probably the only positive takeaway from the Giants 19-3 loss. Despite the valiant efforts by the Giants defense, if the offense can’t produce points and protect Eli, it’s going to be a long season for Big Blue.