First-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. played in every offensive down and recorded two touchdowns.
Beckham made four catches for 34 yards with two scoring plays. He was targeted two more times. He also had one rushing attempt, on a reverse, that went for 13 yards.
Beckham is looking to replace Victor Cruz’s output, but the team still misses their star receiver.
“It’s definitely hard not having him out there,” Beckham said. “Just his presence. It’s something where all the receivers just have to step up now and fill his shoes.”
Beckham scored the Giants first touchdown, tying the game in the second quarter, and their last touchdown, bringing the team within a score with five minutes left.
If you look at the statistics, it looked like the Giants went toe-to-toe with the league’s hottest team. Each team had 11 possessions. The Cowboys ran 60 offensive plays, the Giants ran 59. Both teams had 20 first downs, were perfect in the red zone and scored three TDs via passes. In addition, both clubs committed the same amount of penalties (6). It was an even game by many accounts.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Except it wasn’t. The Giants’ two lost fumbles proved to be one too many and the reluctance to scrap the run game when it clearly wasn’t working cost the team dearly.
Overall grade: C
QB: Eli Manning completed 21 of 33 passes for 248 yards with three touchdowns, was not sacked and threw no interceptions, finishing with a passer rating of 116.7. He also had an 11-yard run for a first down. It was his first no-sack, no-INT game since an Oct. 14, 2012, victory in San Francisco. Eli continues to play clean and efficient football, which was the goal at the outset of the season. Unfortunately for him, it hasn’t been enough at times.
RB: Without Rashad Jennings, the Giants rushing attack has ground to a halt. Rookie Andre Williams (18 rushes, 51 yards) has been a disaster as a feature back in Jennings’ absence. Peyton Hillis (6 rushes, 29 yards) fared a little better, but hasn’t gotten much of a chance to establish himself. Williams was also targeted three times in the passing game, but did not have a reception. If he had not broken off a 22-yard run, his statistics would read 17 carries for 29 yards (1,7 YPC). He was stopped for losses or no gain for most of the day and an early whistle saved him from losing a fumble. A 13-yard reverse by WR Odell Beckham, Jr. and an 11-yard scramble by Eli save this facet of the game from getting another F grade.
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The Giants reveal what went wrong in Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, as they head into their bye week with a 3-4 record.
Recap: The Giants couldn’t keep up with Dallas in the second half as they dropped to 3-4.
Need to Know: Larry Donnell’s fumble on what would have been a first-down catch with 11:05 left in the fourth quarter proved costly, setting up Tony Romo and the Cowboys (6-1) for their fourth and final touchdown. Donnell fumbled a second time late in the game.
Romo was 17-for-23 passing for 279 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He wasn’t sacked and had no incompletions in the second half.
The Cowboys’ Gavin Escobar caught two TD passes, Terrance Williams one. Dez Bryant had nine catches for 151 yards for Dallas.
DeMarco Murray ran 28 times for 128 yards and a score and became the first NFL player to open a season with seven straight 100-yard rushing games.
A week after the Giants were shut out, Eli Manning was 19 for 31 for 229 yards and three TDs, two to Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants’ Cullen Jenkins (calf strain) and Jon Beason (toe) left the game and did not return.
Links: AP recap | Box Score
What’s Next: After a bye week, the Giants host Indianapolis Monday Nov. 3 at 8:30 p.m.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
I picked the Giants to win today, but I guess this is going to be one of those seasons where we don’t know which Giant team team to expect each week.
Last week, we got the comatose Giants. Today, we had a cognizant group that appeared to be opportunistic early on, but then slid back into that coma.
For the record, I’m not going to expect a whole lot going forward. Neither should you.
The Giants are 3-4 heading into their bye week, but a killer schedule awaits them on the other side: Indianapolis, Seattle, San Francisco and the Cowboys again. They are already three games behind Dallas in the division and by Week 12 when they meet again could be in an even deeper hole.
What I liked….Odell Beckham, Jr. Although I lobbied hard for the Giants to take Zach Martin over Beckham, it looks like Beckham was worth the selection. He’s smooth. I see good things ahead for him…the offensive line did not give up a sack after surrendering eight last week….Danlel Fells continues to fly under the radar, catching another TD.
What I didn’t like…..The Giants had a handle on DeMarco Murray and it looked like they were going to lock him down after he twisted his ankle, but then failed to do so….Prince had a nice battle going with WR Dez Bryant all afternoon making a few nice plays, but Bryant got the better of the play catching nine passes for 151 yards…Donnell’s fumbles really hurt, especially the first one….and the Giants are still trying to figure out who was supposed to cover TE Gavin Escobar (3 rec, 2 TDs) another one of Jerry Jones’ supposed hare-brained draft picks.
Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and linebacker Jon Beason left Sunday’s game in Dallas because of injuries in the first half (AP, Oct. 19).
Jenkins had a calf strain, Beason of a toe injury. The Giants said after halftime that both players were out the rest of the game. X-rays on Beason’s toe were negative.
The Giants (3-3) try to put their shutout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles behind them when they travel to Dallas to play the 5-1 Cowboys.
Kickoff: 4:25PM EDT
Site: AT&T Stadium
Surface: Matrix artificial turf
Weather: Partly cloudy, high 70s (if retractable roof is open)
TV: FOX — Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter)
Radio: WFAN 660AM, 101.9FM — Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross SIRIUS: 133 (NYG), 85 (Dal) XM: 85 (Dal)
Referee: Jerome Boger
The Line: Cowboys by 6 1/2; O/U 48
The Series: Dallas leads 59-42-2 and has won three of past four meetings.
Last meeting: Cowboys 24 at Giants 21 (11/24/13). Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 86 yards and tight end Jason Witten had two touchdown catches. Cowboys safety Jeff Heath scored on a 50-yard fumble return.
Last meeting at Cowboys Stadium: Cowboys 36, Giants 31 (9/8/13). Dallas wide receiver Miles Austin had 10 catches for 72 yards. Cowboys defense had three interceptions, including cornerback Brandon Carr’s 49-yard interception for a touchdown.
OUT: RB Rashad Jennings (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Spencer Paysinger (hamstring), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back, hamstring)
PROBABLE: LB Jon Beason (toe), P Steve Weatherford (left ankle)
OUT: LB Bruce Carter (thigh), T Doug Free (foot)
DOUBTFUL: DE Jack Crawford (calf)
PROBABLE: WR Dez Bryant (shoulder), LB Cameron Lawrence (thigh), LB Rolando McClain (groin, not injury related), RB DeMarco Murray (illness), T Jermey Parnell (chest), QB Tony Romo (back, ankle), T Tyron Smith (ankle), DE Anthony Spencer (knee, foot)
Quarterback Eli Manning has won four of five starts at AT&T Stadium & has a 100-plus rating in three of those five. Manning has started 157 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.
Running back Andre Williams leads NFC rookies with 228 rush yards.
Wide receiver Rueben Randle had 5 catches for 101 yards last year in Dallas. Tight end Larry Donnell has four touchdowns, the past three coming on the road. Donnell is tied for the lead among NFC tight ends with four receiving touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.. made five of his six catches on first down (83.3 percent).
In past the three meetings in Dallas, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had four sacks and scored a touchdown on a 28-yard interception return. Pierre-Paul is the only defensive end in the NFL with two interceptions for touchdowns since 2012. Safety Antrel Rolle has an interception in three of the past four games; those three have him tied for the NFL lead.
Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins had two sacks last year against Dallas. Defensive end Damontre Moore has a sack in two of the past three games.
The Cowboys have won five in a row and are 5-1 for the first time since 2007.
Quarterback Tony Romo aims for his third win in a row against the Giants. Romo has a 100-plus QB rating in seven of his past 11 starts against the Giants. He had a 110.2 rating last week and is third in the NFC (100.5).
Running back DeMarco Murray leads the NFL with 785 rush yards and six rushing touchdowns. Murray has 100-plus rushing yards in all six games this year and joined Jim Brown (1958) as the only players with 100-plus rush yards in a team’s first six games. In the past three meetings, he has 391 yards from scrimmage (130.3 per game), including 303 on the ground (101 per game).
Since 2011, Bryant has 38 receiving touchdowns, the most in the NFL. Wide receiver Terrance Williams has four touchdowns in the past four games.
Tight end Jason Witten has 900 career catches. Whitten, 32, is the second-youngest to reach this mark. In 2012, he had a career-high 18 catches and 167 yards against the Giants.
Cornerback Brandon Carr had an interception for a touchdown at MetLife last year. Defensive end George Selvie had a sack and fumble recovery last year in Dallas. Safety Barry Church has 22 tackles and two forced fumbles in their past three meetings.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
This game could be one of those hidden land mines like last week’s whitewashing at the hands of the Eagles. No one saw it coming. Everyone to a man felt the Giants would either win the game or put up a lot of points in a close loss. This week, the Cowboys are flying high and appear to be unbeatable. No one is buying that the Giants can hang with Dallas this afternoon. The betting line, which opened at Cowboys -4, has ballooned to 6 1/2.
So, can the Giants win this game? Yes, they can. Consider this…
No home field advantage. Dallas owner Jerry Jones built one of the league’s biggest and best venues and has reaped the monetary benefits the past few years. He did not, however, foresee the downstream effect that year-after-year he’s got to fill that stadium. What has happened is many unsold and secondary market tickets are falling into the hands of fans of the opposing team. In a recent home game vs the Houston Texans, QB Tony Romo had to go to a silent count due to the noise from the thousands of Texans fans. Expect many fans to show up in Giant gear today and do the same thing.
On offense – the Giants will try to run the ball (surprise!), and this week they may succeed. Dallas may not be able to crowd the box like Philly did last week. With the cowboys best linebacker, Bruce Carter, out today they just don’t have the defensive depth and ability the Eagles do. Their defense has been competitive this season but are shallow and have benefited from the offense hogging up the clock, which has kept them off the field. If the Giants can wear them down up front, they can open up the offense and make a game of this.
We know Eli will show, he loves this building. The offensive line may not be under the duress they experienced last week, so expect a better performance and results. RB Andre Williams will fight for yards and we believe he will get them. With Victor Cruz gone, TE Larry Donnell has to get more looks and WR Rueben Randle has to make more plays. He has been getting the targets (49 targets, 28 receptions), but for the offense to be successful, Randle has to use his size and ability more aggressively. The Cowboys would be foolish not to keep a keen eye on rookie Odell Beckham Jr., which could open up Preston Parker to be a silent weapon. The Giants have to get into the red zone more than once this week. When they do, Donnell and WR Corey Washington should be in the lineup to create mismatches.
On defense – the main objective is to slow down RB DeMarco Murray, the league’s leading rusher. Easier said than done. Last week, MLB Jon Beason was nowhere near 100% and was rusty. Expect him to be hitting the holes faster and do a better job closing on the ball. The Giants will need to get some speed on the field, and they will have options at their disposal. Devon Kennard is back from a hamstring and Jayron Hosley will be the slot corner. As long as Hosley doesn’t get isolated by a bigger receiver on the outside, he can be an effective play-maker. Kennard, combined with Jacquian Williams should be able to limit edge runs by Murray.
DE’s Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore and Robert Ayers should also have a better showing. Both Cowboy tackles, Tyron Smith and Doug Free, are injured. Smith (ankle) will play but Free (foot) will not. He will be replaced by Jeremy Parnell, who has just two NFL starts under his belt. The Giants may be able to finally get some pressure off the edge and hurry Romo.
Special teams – Josh Brown did not get back on the field after the opening kickoff last week. That’s always a bad sign. The Giants will be satisfied with the special teams if they don’t turn the ball over and don’t allow a big run back. That would be considered a win. Yes, that’s what its come to.
Prediction: Giants 34, Cowboys 27.