Scary hours for the Giants. Jones, Barkley, and Golladay leave with injuries and the wheels fall off
Five weeks in, and the narrative of the Giants can be described by many words. Unfortunate, underperforming, disappointing, and injury. Middle linebacker, Blake Martinez and offensive linemen Nick Gates and Shane Lemieux have sustained season ending injuries. Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard, two key members of the offense, have been ruled out with leg injuries themselves. It was an uphill battle heading to Dallas, with nobody rooting for the Giants, even after a promising. win.
It was all tied up at ten through in the second quarter and then New York's world was flipped upside down. Saquon Barkley's ankle swells up like a balloon. Daniel Jones was wobbling away after a hit to the head. Kenny Golladay's knee was reinjured. The top three weapons on the offense gone, and the game for the Giants ended in pitiful defeat.
Cowboys 44, Giants 20
It was a promising start for the G-Men. Prescott was off to a slow beginning, with a tip drill created by defensive lineman Lorenzo Carter, who reeled it in for his very own interception, and Prescott fumbling a snap on the Giants five-yard line. Once the injuries hit, all chances for a comeback were near impossible. With Mike Glennon and Devonta Booker leading the charge, it was painful to watch the Giants limp to the end.
Get the ball to Yung Joka. Kadarius Toney is becoming a legit option for WR1, and his separation and movement is unmatched. With 10 catches and 189 yards, he made the Cowboys secondary look minuscule. He was averaging almost 19 yards a catch. If the Giants offense wants to get rolling in the coming weeks, then Toney needs to be the focal point. His day ended with an ejection, which honestly was best case scenario from avoiding an injury.
The O-Line is the Achilles heel
As long as Nate Solder is on this offensive line, then there is no hope. The rush game is irrelevant, Daniel Jones is running for his life. No sacks were given up, so they aren't a total bust, but you can tell that the quarterback has no time to throw, and they will never be able to generate a quality rushing game.
James Bradberry and Leonard Williams aren't the Pro-Bowler of last year
Blown coverage and lack of any pass rush, the stars of the Giants stellar defense are now non-factors each week this season. I can't comprehend what the issue might be but it's disheartening to say the least. Another week without a sack for Williams, totaling only two tackles. CeeDee Lamb had 84 yards and a touchdown against Bradberry.
A serviceable backup in Booker
With Barkley out, RB2 Devontae Booker stepped in. Although it wasn't enough, the backup did produce two touchdowns on both sides of the field. If Barkley does miss time, hopefully we can see this from Booker in the coming weeks.
QB Daniel Jones: 98 yards, 9 yards rushing | 4.82 points
RB Saqoun Barkley: 2 car., 9 yards rushing |0.9 points
RB Saqoun Barkley: 16 car., 42 yards rushing 1 TD, 3 rec. 16 yards 1 TD |0.9 points
WR Kenny Golladay: 0 rec. 0 yards | 0 points
WR John Ross: 1 rec. 13 yards | 2.3 points
WR Kadarius Toney: 10 rec. 198 yards | 29.6 points
TE Evan Engram: 4 rec. 55 yards | 10.5 points
TE Kyle Rudolph: 1 rec. 14 yards | 2.4 points
Defense + Special Teams: 1 INT, 2 sacks, 1 FR 40 PA | -3 points
K Graham Gano: 2/3 FG, 2/2 XP |11 points
Bets and Odds
Giants +7 X
Giants Moneyline X
NYG/NO Over 52 ✓
Saquon Barkley total rushing yards: Over 55.5 X
Daniel Jones total passing yards: Over 270.5 yards X
Kadarius Toney total receiving yards: Over 51.5 yards ✓
The rolling Rams head to the Giants for Week 6. Things won't look too great if the injured list keeps growing.