By all accounts, the New York Giants did not look good last week against a Dallas team that clearly made some important moves in the offseason to improve their line-up. This obviously does not rule the G-Men out of the playoffs, but it is not a good sign going forward. They need to get their offense in sync and defense motivated if they even want to stand a chance of making the playoffs this year.
The biggest problem with the Giants currently is their offense. They looked sloppy and out of touch with each other throughout the entire game last Wednesday and repeatedly made mistakes. Victor Cruz dropped multiple passes on the way to their loss and Eli Manning looked nothing like a Super Bowl MVP throughout the game. They need to work to get back into the groove that led them to the Giants fourth Super Bowl trophy last season.
Of course, the problem does not lie solely with the Giants offense. Their defense allowed the Cowboys, and Kevin Ogletree in particular, to carve them up. The Cowboys offense scored three touchdowns, all from Tony Romo’s almost flawless passing game. They need to get their secondary up to par if they want to pull out their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. Otherwise, they may be looking at the number two in their loss column going into week three of this season.
One thing you should keep in mind when making your NFL picks this game is that the Giants are slow starters in the league. They need to win by eight points to cover the spread against a Buccaneers team that look solid in week 1. They may be able to do this, but I would not bet on it. Take the Buccaneers in week 2.