Giants Week 7 Review

For the first time since October 28, 2012 the Giants claimed a victory over their division nemesis the Dallas Cowboys by a final tally of 27-20. The first strike came from a new weapon in the arsenal in the form of Orleans Darkwa who gained 41 yards out of the 79 total yards on the drive. Darkwa finished the drive on a 15 yard run right down the Cowboys defense. Dallas was able to respond with their own rushing touchdown when Darren McFadden ran in a touchdown from 1 yard out but was aided on a controversial unnecessary roughness call that aided the Cowboys two plays before. The McFadden score gave the Cowboys a 13-7 lead but the Giants countered with their own Josh Brown field goal from 47 yards to make the score 13-10 Cowboys at half.

Momentum started to change on one play when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie beat Terrance Williams to the Matt Cassel pass and Rodger-s Cromartie raced down the sideline for a 58 yard touchdown. The Giants secondary capitalized on another Cowboys error when Brandon Meriweather intercepted another Cassel pass on the Giants one yard line. Eli Manning was able to drive the offense down to the Cowboy 8 yard line but had to settle a field goal. To the Cowboys credit Cassel and the Boys were able to regain their composure and tie the score at 20-20 after Devin Street hauled in a 25 yard pass from Cassel. To show how frenetic this contest was on the ensuing kickoff Dwayne Harris ran for a 100 yard touchdown return in what turned out to be the deciding score.

Pros

1. Turnovers: The Giants took advantage of the Cowboys inability to execute and benefited by collecting three interceptions and a recovered fumble. Two of those interceptions were converted into 10 points. The fumble recovery on the muff punt allowed the Giants to ice the game and allow Manning to come out in victory formation.

2. Running game: For the first time this season the Giants were able to eclipse the 100 yard rushing milestone. The works was divided between Shane Vereen, Rashad Jennings, Andrew Williams, and Darkwa with no player having more than 8 carries.

3. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: The 3rd quarter interception by DRC changed momentum against the Cowboys and in favor of the Giants. Dallas’s next two drives after the 58 yard interception return were each ended on turnovers with another interception being brought in by Rodgers-Cromartie.
Cons

1. Running Defense: The Giants defense has demonstrated an ability to stop the run in the first five weeks of the season. But after consecutive divisional games Big Blue D got run over by the Eagles last week and the Cowboys this week. Dallas ran an offense that would make Knute Rockne proud by gaining 233 yards on the ground, which was 6 more than Dallas gained in the air. The inability to stop the run led to the next con

2. Time of possession: The Cowboys had the ball for over 38 minutes against the Giants. This occurred because of the Cowboys effectively running the ball and the Giants returning an interception and a kickoff for a touchdown. While many will take the later reasons for losing the time of possession battle the Giants need to control time of possession in the second half. The Giants biggest weakness as of this moment is the lack of a defensive pass rush. Being on the field for over 38 minutes will further diminish the ability of an already lackluster front 4.

3. Giants’ Offense: As a unit the Giants offense was 3-11 (27.3%) on 3rd downs against the Cowboys. Dallas had 27 first downs while the Giants only moved the chains 13 times, 11 if subtracting first downs given because of Cowboy penalties. The combination of the Giants defense and Giants special teams outscored the Giants offense 14-13 this week. While this performance was good enough to beat a depleted Cowboys squad the offense needs to perform much better in the Superdome against New Orleans next week to come away with a vital road win.