Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca
The Giants come from behind OT win probably saved many jobs at the Meadowlands. It gives a lease on life to Gettleman and Garrett. This is pending of course what happens for the rest of the season. The Giants were headed to another start to the season where the first win occurs in late October like it has the past halfdecade.
Sunday’s game was the first time in 30 tries that you got an inkling that Daniel Jones may be the future starting quarterback for the New York Giants for years to come. He was 28 on 40 attempts, 402 yards, 10 YPA, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Sean Payton coached the game like the Giants played, awful, the first 3 weeks.
The Giants made a great comeback in the 4th quarter. It was even more amazing given that they were missing Shepard and Slayton. The offensive line had new players Price and Skura. They played surprisingly well and gave up zero sacks! Garrett called an innovative game. Maybe he heard the calls from the #TogetherBlue Giants Nation for him to be fired. They have gotten louder the first 3 weeks. He got Toney involved for the first time with 6 catches on 9 targets for 78 yards. Golladay had for 116 yards on 6 catches. Lattimore was not on him the whole game.
We even had the first appearance of John Ross. His claim to fame is that he holds the fastest 40-yard time at the Combine, 4.22. He caught a TD bomb that he fumbled going into the endzone. He had the sense to fall on his fumble or it would not have been a touchdown. Kudos for Gettleman for taking a dart throw on him because the rest of the league did not want him.
I am happy that the Giants finally won a game, which has been a rare occurrence the last 5 years, but Sean Payton handed the Giants the victory after he had an 11-point lead with 12:09 left in the game.
Sean Payton’s Blunders
His first bad decision was not to kick a 47 yards field goal from the Giants 29-yard line after a 9 play 6-minute drive. The game would not have been in overtime if he made it. It was well within the range of Rosas. I can remember Mike Francesca saying over 25 years ago, it’s always better to get the first score out of the way early as it becomes more difficult as the game progresses. On a 4th and 3 (3:51 minutes 1st quarter) Winston pitches the ball to Kamara who is 11 yards behind the first down mark. He gets stopped short and 3 points are wasted.
The second bad decision was to try a 58-yard field goal from theGiants 48-yard line. He didn’t try a 47-yard field goal, which is probable, early in the game. Peyton thinks he can hit a 58 yards field goal which is highly unlikely. He misses and gives the ball back to the Giants at midfield. On the next play Jones throws a bomb to Ross for the first score, a touchdown, of the day. The score should be Giants 7-3 not 7-0. It was good to see that Garrett took my suggestion in last week’s Pulpit about taking a touchdown shot after a change of possession. If the Saintspunted at best the Giants would have had the ball on their own 20.
The third bad decision was to have Taysom Hill throw a bomb to Harris. The ball travelled 50 yards in the air. It was an underthrown, wobbly pass to the outside of Harris, and he had no chance to catch it. Bradberry makes the interception. The ball had to be thrown to the inside, if you are going to throw a bomb, you have to have the stronger armed Winston deliver it. Hill was brilliant on 2 touchdown runs. On the first one 7 Giants had a chance to tackle him and he ran through and tossed away all of them. Peyton needs to have him stick to that.
The fourth bad decision was not to throw a pass to Kamara! Brees always hit Kamara in space. He has had 80+ receptions in all 4 years since he’s been in the league. Kamara in the 4 years he’s been in the league coming into this season, he has averaged only 188 fewer receiving yards each year than rush yards. We are talking slightly over 10 yards more rushing yards/game over his career. Sunday he had 0 receiving yards!
• The offense had 485 yards. The last time off the top of my head that they had as many was probably vs the Lions in 2019.
• The Giants only had 3 penalties as we finally see the discipline that Judge talks about.
• Saquon had his best game since his rookie year. The Giants usually win when he has over 100 total yards
• We finally see life from the Golladay and Toney. Because the Giants moved Golladay around he was not on Lattimore 100%. Garrett finally figured out how to use Toney.
Giants vs Cowboys Preview and Prediction
Turning to Sunday’s game, the Cowboys have a chameleon offense. They can beat you with the run or the pass. In week 1 vs the Buccaneers, Dak threw 58 times. That was because historically the Bucs have been great vs the run. With defensive back problems by the Bucs, Dak threw for 403 yards and 3 TD’s. The next 3 weeks Dak did not throw for more than 238 yards. Other than the Chargers game, where he was held in check, the last 2 weeks Dak only averaged 213 yards/game. However, he has been every efficient throwing 7 touchdowns the last 2 weeks on 35 completions! A 20% touchdown rate is unheard of!
The Cowboys can beat you on the ground. They are 2nd in rushing yards/game at 166 and 5.35 yards/carry. They have the Zeke and Pollard 1-2 punch. Zeke is back to his rookie year form and Pollard may be better than Zeke. He is more explosive.
The Cowboys will establish the run to use play action. They will also run to keep the Giants off the field. You have to be worried that given the fact that the Giants gave up 170 rushing to the Saints last week. You have to expect if the Giants have not made adjustments, the Cowboys will run for 150+ yards. Then Dak will look to take some shots. Gallup, the Cowboys deep threat, is on IR. Amari Cooper is nursing a sore hamstring but he should play.
The Cowboys have enough weapons still to get the win. CeeDee Lamb should see a lot of Bradberry defending him. Bradberry has not been the shutdown corner this year except on the Washington interception. He has been getting beat. I expect Lamb to have a good day. The Cowboys have 2 tight ends that will be active. Dalton Schultz is having a good year. He has been strong stats the last 2 weeks. He has 12 catches on 15 targets for 138 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Giants are 4th worst vs the tight end and I expect Schultz to have a big day, The Cowboys also have Blake Jarwin, a competent tight end.
When the Giants have the ball, hopefully Garrett will use the more aggressive game plan that he employed last week vs the Saints. The Giants need to get Barkley going again. He seems to be back from his injury. He had 126 scrimmage yards vs the Saints and 2 TD’s, one rushing and one receiving. It will be difficult to run vs the Cowboys as they only give up 81 yards a game rushing. Their linebackers, including probable defensive rookie of the year, Micah Parsons, have been all over the line of scrimmage
The way to beat the Cowboys is through the air. They give up 315 passing yards/game and 6.42 yards a play because of it. Even though Shepard and Slater are still out, the Giants have plenty of targets. Golladay had his first 100+ yard game with 116 yards. The Giants finally unleashed their first-round pick, Kadarius Toney. He had 78 yards from 9 targets and 6 catches. He may be the team’s best receiver after the catch. They also unveiled John Ross. He was a first round pick of the Bengals.He has had a bust career but he showed his 4.22 speed on a 52-yard touchdown last week. Jones, who won FedEx Offensive Player of the Week for throwing for 402 yards, has players he can work with.
The Giants had lost seven in a row in this series until then last game of 2020. The Giants beat the Cowboys in week 17 on an Andy Dalton wounded duck throw of his back foot in the end zone at the end of the game. If you have been reading this column, you know that the Giants are road warriors. They are 11-2 against the spread on the road their last 13 games. They are especially good as an underdog. Off the top of my head, they are probably 16-6 against the spread over the last 22.
This game will be close. It score will be within the 7-point spread. I am calling this one Cowboys 31 and the Giants 27.