EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants have had a disappointing season to say the least. The Giants entered Week 9 with a record of 2-6, and many people have written this season off as a “rebuild”. Amidst all the criticism, the Giants have not quit on this season just yet.
Monday night, the Giants squared off against the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has been the Giants most bitter rival, which has made for some exciting games over the years. This was no different, as there was no shortage of action.
The first half both teams struggled to grab any type of rhythm. The turnover bug plagued both teams. Dak Prescott started the game off by throwing an interception on the first play of the game. Randal Cobb would lose a fumble and Daniel Jones added an interception of his own later in the half.
With a combination of penalties, red zone inefficiency and turnovers, both teams were only able to muster a combined 25 points. The Cowboys were able to take advantage of the awful Jones interception, to tack on a FG before the end of the first half. Dallas took a 13-12 lead into halftime, which was to the delight of the many Cowboy fans in attendance.
Things didn’t get better for the Giants, as they were held to just six points in the second half. Jones was sacked a total of five times, and lost two fumbles. Dallas took advantage of New York’s offensive futility, by adding 21 points in the 4th quarter. The Cowboys used this late game surge to take a 37-18 win in MetLife Stadium.
In the locker room, the Giants said all the right things as far as accountability. However the visible frustration is something that can’t be overlooked. This team consistently can’t put together four straight solid quarters, and it shows on their faces.
Next week, New York has an ideal match-up facing the New York Jets (1-7). With how the Giants have been playing, this game still is not a guaranteed win. Should the Giants lose this next game, you have to seriously consider the job security of Coach Shurmur.
Barry Holmes is a Senior Writer for PureSportsNY.com. Follow him on Twitter @BHO732
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