NFL fans crowded their T.V.s, the air was crisp, and the night had a certain feeling to it. For the defending Super Bowl champions the New York Giants it was a night to start off the title defense. For the NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys revenge was in the air. And revenge they got as the Cowboys led by quarterback Tony Romo defeated the Giants on the road at MetLife Stadium with a score of 24-17. So let's dissect the offensive and defensive performances for both teams.
Tony Romo was sensational going 22/29 for 307 yards, 3 tds, and 1 interception. He was calm, and poised in the pocket as well as outside when rushed by the Giant defensive line. Not to mention he absolutely lit up the injured, and sluggish Giant's secondary. The two major plays that stuck out were a beautiful 34 yard fade from Romo to receiver Miles Austin that upped the score to 24-10 in the 4th Qtr, and his game clinching 13 yard first down strike to receiver Kevin Ogletree with 2 minutes left in the game. His O-line finished with too many penalties, especially left tackle Tyron Smith, but they only allowed 2 sacks against that vaunted Giant's defensive front.
The receiving star of tonight's game was receiver Kevin Ogletree who solitified himself as a fantasy stud, and as Romo's third receving option finishing with 8 rec, 114 yards, and 2 tds. He was sensational against the Giant's secondary, and was on the receving end of the game clinching first down.
Demarco Murray did a great job of running the ball, especially in the second half. He made some big time runs, which demoralized the Giant defense after the many penalties the Cowboy's offensive line had tonight (13 overall). Murray finished with the game high 20 carries, and 131 yards.
Despite the loss the lone bright spot for the Giant's offense was quarterback Eli Manning. Manning was careful with the football, and still led the team to a near comeback in the 4th quarter. Eli fell victim to some faulty play by his O-line who gave up 3 sacks, and an array of drops by his receivers most notably Victor Cruz. Manning finished going 21/32 for 213 yards, and 1 touchdown.
Tight end Martellus Bennett was the most productive receiving option for the Giant's, providing the only receiving touchdown which made the game 24-17 with a little under 3 mins to go. Bennett was hyped to go against his old team, and made some pretty good plays for the Giants. He finished with 4 rec, 40 yards, and 1 touchdown.
The rushing attack was the weakest point of this Giant's offense. Ahamad Bradshaw, and rookie David Wilson (had a fumble) could not get into a rhythm against the aggresive, and talented Cowboy's defensive front. Bradshaw finished with the team high 17 carries, 78 yards, and 1 touchdown.
The big playmaker for Bob Ryan's defense was of course Outside linebacker Demarcus Ware. He had 5 tackles, including 2 sacks on Eli Manning. With the pressure the defensive front was giving to the Giant's O-line, the new additions at corner Brandon Carr, and rookie Morris Claiborne did a really good job of keeping the Giant receivers from making big plays. This defense is one of the more talented one's in the NFL, and showed up when it mattered the most especially when defending the Giant's runshing attack.
The Giant's defense came out firing in the first half. Defensive tackles Linval Jospeh, and Rocky Bernard both had sacks on Tony Romo. The defensive front was stifling the running game, and linebacker Michael Boley had the biggest play a 51 yard interception return off of QB Tony Romo. However in the second half the defense collapsed. Specifically the secondary who in the second half lost starting corner Michael Coe, and suffered a complete shredding from the Cowboy's passing attack. Look for the Giant's to address the health issues, and focus on reassuring their defense.
Thanks for reading the first piece of 1st & 10's New York Giant's coverage. I will analyze every game, and keep you posted on all the regular season news. This was an exciting start to the NFL season, and it could only mean more action packed games for the season.
The New York Giants are 0-1, the next opponent will be the Tampa Bay Buccanears at Metlife Stadium on September 16th, at 1 pm on FOX.