New York Giants fans are looking for answers after the team lost to the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, 24-17. Big Blue View writer Ed Valentine watched the entire game and came up with five things that he and other fans learned about the Giants on Wednesday.
Valentine first brings up the fact that the Giants' rushing numbers could be misleading to the naked eye.
1. The Giants still can't run
Other than one 33-yard run when the Cowboys were playing pass, the Giants averaged 2.7 yards per rushing play (49 yards on 18 tries). Not good. Despite the emphasis on improving here, the Giants still can't consistently block in the run game.
The next thing that Valentine brings up is for help in the secondary.
2. The Giants need Prince Amukamara
Michael Coe was so-so before getting hurt. Justin Tryon was awful when forced to replace Coe. The Giants need Amukamara to get healthy -- fast. And they need him to play like a first-round pick -- fast.
The third thing Valentine mentions is one matchup on the offensive line that never seems to go in the Giants' favor.
Right tackle, left tacke it doesn't matter. Get Ware lined up over Diehl and that is bad for the Giants. Ware had two sacks Wednesday, beating Diehl both times.
Thankfully, not all of Valentine's points are negative. He gives a compliment to wide reciever Domenik Hixon, who caught three passes for 55 yards on Wednesday, all coming off of knee injuries.
4. Domenik Hixon looks great
Hixon sure doesn't look like a guy who has missed most of the last two years with ACL injuries. He has no hesitation, and he can still make plays. Terrell Thomas can only wish his recovery had gone that well.
The last point that Valentine has to say about the Giants is about the no-nonsense style of head coach Tom Coughlin.
5. Tom Coughlin still has no tolerance for rookie mistakes
David Wilson fumbled. David Wilson disappeared. After his fumble cost the Giants a first-half scoring opportunity he never played another down on offense. After Wilson failed to field a kickoff cleanly Andre Brown was suddenly the return man.
The New York Giants' next game is against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept. 16 at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox.