EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (TBEN) It’s time for the New York Giants to ignore all the hype that comes with their first 2-0 start since 2016.
After five consecutive losing seasons, it’s easy to see why Giants fans are going crazy over a team that defeated Tennessee and Carolina under new coach Brian Daboll.
New York has not been in the playoffs since 2016. It hasn’t started a 3-0 season since 2009. Oddsmakers at FanDuel Sportsbook even made the Giants, who were 4-13 last season, a 2 1/2-point favorite against the defending NFC East champ Dallas Cowboys on Monday, Sept. 26.
Forget that the Cowboys have beaten the Giants in nine of the last 10 games. Many think they are not the same team with Dak Prescott hurt and Cooper Rush quarterback.
What’s important to remember is that the Giants could just as easily have been 0-2. They defeated the Titans 21-20 with a late touchdown and 2-point conversion. Their three-point win over the Panthers was helped by six early gift points after Carolina sales.
Security Julian Love, whose looting of Baker Mayfield ended the Panthers’ final drive late in the fourth quarter, said on Monday nothing has changed. The Giants discussed what they had done wrong against Carolina and began preparing for Dallas.
“I think Coach Dabs did a great job of highlighting what’s important,” Love said. “He hammered it with us today. As a team we understand that we won two games. I know, it’s a little different from the last few years, but in the end it’s two games. And we want, you know, stack up and go 1-0 next week.”
The Giants will have a chance to do that, but there will be obstacles. Dallas has an explosive offense and defending it has put the Giants in trouble for the past few years.
This game should show if the Giants can focus on football and stay competitive. If they can, they have a chance.
With starters outside linebackers Azeez Ojulari (calf) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) from the first two games, Oshane Ximines has stepped up. The 2019 third round pick had two tackles, a pass defense, a quarterback rush and one of Baker Mayfield’s two sacks by the Giants on Sunday. For the season, he has defended eight tackles, a sack, two passes and three QB rushes.
Ximines spent most of the past year in the dog house. He has responded to the coaching changes and helped himself off-season by lifting weights with Ojulari in Georgia.
Kenny Golladay may be at rock bottom. The wide receiver who signed a $72 million four-year contract has been on the field twice. Daboll said he told the veteran he wouldn’t be playing a big part in the game plan because David Sills got his part.
With Golladay earning a base salary of $13 million, he was paid $722,222 for a week of practice, preparation and two plays, or $361,111 per play.
Top defense lineman Leonard Williams injured a knee in the third quarter and left the game. He didn’t think it was serious after the game. Thibodeaux said that after he injured his knee in the preseason final. He has yet to play. Expect Williams to miss a few games.
39: The point difference between the Cowboys and the Giants after Dallas won both regular-season games last season. And the Giants are favorite?
The only step for the Giants is to follow the same formula as for the past two weeks: play hard and protect the ball. New York has turned the ball twice this season, both in the first game against Tennessee. Daniel Jones is 39 of 55 for 364 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. His quarterback rating is 99.4. The defense of Wink Martindale gives away an average of 18 points. Keep it up and New York every game has a chance.
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