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    Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

If you expected an offensive shootout between these two teams, then you were disappointed. Last year, these teams combined to score 101 points with 13 touchdown passes in a game that was decided on the final play. Sunday’s game however was a unsystematic game between both teams that resulted in no offensive touchdowns until the 4th quarter. But, it too, was decided on the final play. Let’s recap what went down.

Giants Running: D

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Pretty much was non existent in the whole game. Both Jennings and Vereen combined to rush for64 yards on 32 carries(2.0 yards per attempt) which is an atrocious stat given what they did last week against Dallas. If this continues going forward, then there is a reason to be concerned if neither Jennings or Vereen can establish any kind of running attack.

Giants Passing: C

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In the first half, the offense was a disaster, in terms of protecting the football. Vereen, Cruz, and Manning each fumbled on 3 consecutive possessions that could’ve been costly. Yet they somehow woke up in the second half with the three-headed monster of Cruz, Beckham, and Shepard each combining for 293 yards on 20 catches. Both Shepard and Cruz respectively each had critical catches in the game’s final drive that helped set up the game winning field goal from Josh Brown. Let’s also not forget Eli who delivered an encore performance throwing for 368 Yards on 32 completions.

Giants Run Defense: B

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While the Saints may not be known as a running team, the Giants sure made aware of that by making the running attack a non-factor. For Mark Ingram to rush for only 30 yards on only 9 attempts proved that. Sure, Ingram wasn’t a focal point in the game plan for the Giants, but that didn’t stop the D from taking advantage of stopping the Saints dead in their tracks.

Giants Pass Defense: A

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Redemption at its finest and to me the overall winners of this team of the week. After allowing 7 TDs from Drew Brees last year, the Giants’ showed its trust in its defense by deferring to New Orleans after winning the coin toss. The D stifled Brees’ and company by holding them to 53 yards on just 21 plays on the Saints’ first five drives. The first two sacks of the Giants’ season came from the secondary in Landon Collins and Leon Hall (also the first in their careers). If you hold the Saints’ to 3 of 13 on third down and Brees to just one touchdown, then that is a win for the defense on so many levels.

Honorable Mention: Special Teams

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The first score of the game didn’t come from the offense or defense but from the special teams. Who knew? In the second quarter, the Saints’ lined up for a 38-yd attempt when DT Jonathan Hankins blocked it back to the Giants’ 35 where CB Janoris Jenkins scooped up the ball and went the distance with 2:30 left to play. K Josh Brown should also get some love. After coming back from a one-game suspension , Josh Brown came thru in the clutch by kicking the game winning 23-yard field goal after missing one from 53 yards earlier and making two from 48 and 19.

Overall Grade: C

No matter how sloppy or imperfect the performance was from the G-men, they won the game and a win’s a win no matter what despite the turnovers, and the drops, and the penalties. They are now 2-0 for the first time since 2009. As they await the game between the Eagles and Bears on Monday Night, the Giants’ sit atop the NFC East with three road games coming up with one next week against the Washington Redskins or the Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Josh Norman matchup we all wait to see. But let us cross that bridge once the day approaches and celebrate this win for another couple of days. 

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    Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

It is the most wonderful time of year again. The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants for the second year in a row kicked off the NFL season in a divisional showdown. With the Cowboys now relying on a rookie quarterback to guide them until Tony Romo comes back, the faced a daunting task of opening the season on the road in Jerry’s World. Here are some Week 1 Grades for the G-Men.

Giants Passing: B

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Eli Manning looked efficient and somewhat smart. I say somewhat because of the 1 INT he threw early in the 2nd half which was intended for Shepard was really no excuse other than mis-communication. Manning did throw for 207 yards on 19/28 for 3 TDS. The touchdowns to Cruz and Shepard were a welcoming sight for Giants fans especially for Cruz who for the first time in over 2 years saw him with a touchdown reception and a salsa dance to go along with it.

Giants Running: C+

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The Giants’ running game ought to be be a more integral part of the offense Eli Manning has a awful performance. But the running game was slow to pick up any kind of momentum up until the 2nd half.

Jennings 18 carries for 75 yards and Vereen with 6 carries for 38 yards stepped up to hold on to the lead in the 4th quarter. Jennings had 2 key first down runs to keep the clock moving, but the conservative approach prevented any kind of consistency being done for the running game to keep it being a focal point.

Giants Run Defense: B

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The $200 million dollar upgraded defense paid big dividends against Ezekiel Elliott. The rookie had a struggling time to get any kind of running room rushing for only 51 yards on 20 carries averaging only a almost putrid 2.5 yards per carry. While this is only the 1st week against a studded rookie running back, holding him to just a smidge amount like that is a positive step in the right direction for this defense that has high expectations.

Giants Pass Defense: C

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While the Run defense carried the load for the Giants’ on stopping Ezekiel Elliott, the pass defense however had a different story as the rookie quarterback Dak Prescott got comfortable. From the 1st possession, it looked as if Prescott got into a rhythm and was in a comfort zone which is something that the Giants’ defense should’ve exposed early on.

In the second half however it was a different story as Oliver Vernon disrupting the offensive line up the middle while Jason Pierre-Paul pressured the edge helped the Giants become formidable once again. With 1:05 left in the 4th, the Cowboys had one more chance to take the lead. Yes they looked erratic at the final drive, but when Prescott connected with Terrance Williams to try and set up a field goal, Williams had a brain fart moment when he failed to get out of bounds to stop the clock. Thus ending the game.

Overall Grade: C+

Did the Giants look perfect? No chance. Which most of us did not expect them too anyway. But this 20-19 win looks promising for Giants fans to feel a little optimistic about this coming season. There were some positives to take away from the game, but there were also some negatives that the Giants outta work on. Not to mention the Josh Brown replacement Randy Bullock which went “Bullocks” missing what could’ve been a costly extra point. Nonetheless the 1-0 Giants have something to build towards against their next opponent which will be the Saints at home next week.  

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The road to Super Bowl LI will kickoff tonight with a rematch between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. We have waited 8 long months without any kind of excitement towards a new season to kickoff. The anticipation is always kicked up a notch when football is back and all's right with the world again. Here are 5 reasons why you should be excited that football is back.

Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Josh Norman

Since last season, Josh Norman has not been one to shy away from speaking his mind when it comes to Odell Beckham Jr. The fireworks sparked when the two squared off last season in which an ejection seemed to be apparent from the first whistle blown. Now that Norman is a Washington Redskin, expect the rivalry to continue when these two meet twice a year in the same division. Keep the fingers crossed that there will be no ejections, but also expect this matchup to reach a fever pitch when these two clash on the gridiron.

2. Is Dak Prescott the answer in Dallas?

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With Tony Romo on the shelf for 6-10 weeks, the Dallas Cowboys season will now hand over the keys to Dak Prescott. The rookie has shown flashes of excellence and capable of leading this team (albeit in preseason). If Prescott continues to shine like he did in preseason with his arm and legs, Dallas will be stuck in a predicament. It may be conceivable that Tony Romo may never start for the Cowboys again.

3. The Colin Kaepernick storyline continues

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No doubt that Colin Kaepernick will be one of the most compelling storylines to follow for the season. His play may not be where it was in the 49ers Super Bowl year, hence why he wasn’t named the starter, but how his stance against police brutality and racial inequality affect his on-field performance will be an interesting one to keep up with.

4. Will Victor Cruz make any kind of impact?

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He’s been away from the game for almost two years. Now after surviving the Giants’ 53 man roster, he’s back on the field with a vengeance. Can Victor Cruz bring back the magic he once delivered to this Giants’ offense?

5. Jimmy Garoppolo’s 4 week tryout in New England

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With the 4 week suspension of Tom Brady, Garoppolo will now have the chance to audition for the NFL. His trade value could grow exponentially if he does well by leading the Pats’ to a 3-1 or 4-0 record. Another interesting decision for the Pats would be whether to hold onto him for another year as Brady’s backup, or get a good draft pick in a trade.

Football will be in full bloom tonight when the new NFL season begins. The leaves will change color, the weather will get cooler, and football is returning. If this doesn’t get you excited, you don’t have a pulse.

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