Last look at NY Giants loss to Dallas Cowboys

Sober thoughts: Giants can take positives from loss to Cowboys

9/10/13 in NFL   |   ZacWassink   |   74 respect

Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Giants had a difficult 23-hour stretch. They averaged a turnover in about one of ten offensive plays from scrimmage in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and they then had to watch as Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles handled their business against the Washington Redskins, who showed some fight in rallying back in the second half of that contest thanks largely to the returning Robert Griffin III. One would imagine that this isn't the start to the 2013 NFL season New York head coach Tom Coughlin had envisioned just a few days ago.

David Wilson isn't the only player who will be putting in a little extra work in practices this week.

Final thoughts on Giants loss to Cowboys: His job

The previously mentioned Wilson had a well-documented bad night in front of a national television audience, one that ended early when he was yanked out of the game by his head coach in a repeat of last fall's events. Knowing that Andre Brown isn't returning from injury until at least Week 10, the team could, according to some reports, be interested in working out up to five veteran running backs this week. Included in that list is former Giant Brandon Jacobs.

Da'Rel Scott, currently No. 2 at the position on the New York depth chart, didn't do himself any real favors against the Cowboys. He earned 23 yards on five carries, and he failed to react in time on an Eli Manning screen pass in the fourth quarter that ended with the pick-six that sealed the fate of the Giants. Unless Wilson shows zero progress between Tuesday and Sunday at 4:25 pm, it's unfathomable that Coughlin would even entertain the idea of sitting the second-year man for all of the Denver game.

Final thoughts on Giants loss to Cowboys: As good as advertised

One of the big stories coming out of Giants training camp was that wide receiver Rueben Randle had impressed his quarterback and the New York coaching staff to the point that he had earned himself more looks in August and, if all went well in preseason, September games. Randle made nearly the most of his six targets on Sunday, reeling in five Manning passes for 101 yards. Perhaps most remarkable about that stat is that he was third on the team in receiving yards, behind Hakeem Nicks (114) and Victor Cruz (118).

Part of the hope with Randle emerging as a threat was that he could serve as cover for Nicks, who has battled a laundry list of injuries during his career. Maybe Sunday night showed that, as often magically happens for pro athletes who are in contract years, Nicks is 100 percent and set to have a banner season. If that is the case, the Giants could shockingly go on to have the best passing attack in the NFC East.

Final thoughts on Giants loss to Cowboys: Even

Yes, it's early into the season, and a lot is going to happen in the next few weeks let alone the next several months. With that said, I'm confident in suggesting that the NFC East is a wide open competition. Philly's offense was Madden-esque on Monday, but Michael Vick was already visibly limping on the field in the third quarter of his first game of the season. RG3 is clearly going to need some time to find his form coming off the knee injury that sidelined him for nine months. Anybody overly impressed with the Cowboys beating the Giants is ignoring the fact that Dallas nearly lost that game despite forcing six turnovers.

There's no clear-cut favorite to win the division after Week 1. That's what teams who start out 0-1 like to see. Know what they don't like to see? Peyton Manning, coming off a historic seven-touchdown performance against the Baltimore Ravens, and the Denver Broncos coming to town. Eli is thus far 0-2 in the NFL edition of the Manning Bowl.

This coming Sunday would be a good time to pick up that elusive first victory.

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