Fumble Pie: 4 Unsurprising Reasons the Giants Lost to the Cowboys
Added by Ken R. on September 6, 2012.
A fumble by rookie David Wilson hurt the Gaints in opening week loss. Photo credit: Jim McIsaac
When asked what he said to his team after their defeat to the division rival Dallas Cowboys, Tom Coughlin mentioned eating “humble pie.” And, while Tom Coughlin certainly has the pulse of his team, it didn’t appear that the New York Football Giants came out arrogant in their season opener at MetLife Stadium last night.
What was clear, however, was that the events that unfolded to ultimately cost the Giants the game were not surprising in the least. Here is a recap:
David Wilson’s Fumble
David Wilson fumbled. David Wilson is a rookie who had a penchant for fumbling in college. This is the definition of unsurprising. Wilson’s fumble was one of many plays in the game that took the air and hope out of the Giants. Even more unsurprising was the fact that Wilson was missing in action the rest of the night at running back. Tom Coughlin rarely relies on rookies, and stayed true to his practices by yanking carries away from the careless Wilson.
Look for Ahmad Bradshaw to cement his position as the unquestioned starter as the year progresses. It looks like Wilson will remain a work in progress both physically and emotionally, as he could be seen crying and sulking on the sideline after the fumble.
Perhaps the most crucial play of the season opener against the Cowboys was the embarrassing non-call by the referees on Victor Cruz in the end zone, as it robbed the Giants of momentum after a beautiful Michael Boley interception and return.
Replays confirmed what was already blatantly clear to anyone watching; Cruz was mugged, held, and had his shirt grabbed so that his designed in and out cut could not be completed. Replays also showed Manning purposely fire the ball to the spot, despite Cruz being held, because he felt pretty damn certain a flag was coming. Again, as the NFL continues talks with the real referees, viewers at home and in the stands remain unfazed by the constant missed calls on the field. Unsurprising.
There wasn’t a single Giants fan happy to see Michael Coe trot onto the field as the starting cornerback Wednesday night. Furthermore, there wasn’t a single Giants fan who was surprised when Kevin Ogletree scorched Michael Coe over and over again. And there definitely wasn’t a single Giants fan alive who felt better when Coe got hurt and Tryon trotted on the field, only to get burned just the same.
With Terrell Thomas out for the year, and Prince Amukamara taking over for Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass, the Giants find themselves in a very tough spot. The division is chock-full of wide receiver talents like Dez Bryant and DeSean Jackson, as well as big-armed quarterbacks like RG3 and Michael Vick. Look for the Giants to give Jayron Hosely an opportunity to step up and be the man.
The Running Game
We’ve heard it a million times this off-season, but the fact remains that the Giants thirty-second ranked running game doesn’t look any better at the moment. Ahmad Bradshaw was the lone bright spot in a game where the offensive line was man-handled, and the other running back fumbled, although much of his success came as the Cowboys defense began to protect against the big play. Still, Bradshaw remains one of the unsung heroes of this team. He fights for yards, finds daylight where there is none, and improvises as well as any of the top backs in the league. But he is only one man, and he can’t do it alone. This was evidenced by the pathetic first and second down runs after the Boley interception.
So what’s the solution? There may not be one. The offensive line hasn’t been the same since the departure of Seubert and O’Hara. David Baas has been a disappointment as a big money acquisition, and there isn’t much out there in terms of free agents. The Giants will continue to struggle running the ball against superior teams.