Unbeaten Giants can’t afford to believe hype before Dallas

Unbeaten Giants can’t afford to believe hype before Dallas

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) It’s time for the New York Giants to ignore all the hype that has come with their first 2-0 start since 2016.

After five straight losing seasons, it’s easy to understand why Giants fans are going over a team that beat Tennessee and Carolina under new coach Brian Daboll.

New York hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2016. It hasn’t started a season 3-0 since 2009. Oddsmakers at FanDuel Sportsbook have even the Giants, who were 4-13 last season, by 2 1/2 points. you prefer. against the defending NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys on Monday, September 26.

The Cowboys have beaten the Giants in nine of their last 10 games. Many think they are not the same team with an injured Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush at quarterback.

What’s important to remember is that the Giants are just as easily 0-2. They beat the Titans 21-20 with a late touchdown and 2-point conversion. Their three-point win over the Panthers was aided by six giveaway points early after a Carolina turnover.

Safety Julian Love, whose sack of Baker Mayfield late in the fourth quarter ended the Panthers’ final drive, said Monday that nothing has changed. The Giants got over what they did wrong against Carolina and started preparing for Dallas.

”I think coach Dabs has done a great job of emphasizing what’s important,” Love said. ”He rocked it today with us. We understand as a team that we have won two games. I know it, it’s a little different than it has been in recent years, but at the end of the day, it’s two games. And we want to, you know, steel up and go 1-0 next week.”

The Giants will have a chance to do that but there will be obstacles. Dallas has an explosive offense and its defense has given the Giants problems in recent years.

This game should show if the Giants can focus on football and remain competitive. If they can do that, they’ll have a shot.

STOCK UP

With starting outside linebackers Azeez Ojulari (calf) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) out the first two games, Oshane Ximines has stepped up. The 2019 third-round pick had two tackles, a pass defense, a quarterback rush and one of Baker Mayfield’s two sacks Sunday at the Giants. For the season, he has eight tackles, a sack, two passes defensed and three QB hurries.

Ximines spent most of last year in the doghouse. He responded to the coaching changes and helped himself in the offseason by lifting weights with Ojulari in Georgia.

STOCK DOWN

Kenny Golladay may be at rock bottom. The wide receiver who signed a four-year, $72 million contract was on the field for two plays. Daboll said he told the veteran he didn’t have a big part in the game plan because David Sills was giving it to him.

With Golladay earning a base salary of $13 million, he was paid $722,222 for a week of rehearsal, preparation and two plays, or $361,111 per play.

INJURED

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams injured his knee in the third quarter and left the game. He didn’t think it was serious after the game. That’s what Thibodeaux said after injuring his knee in the preseason finale. It is still to be played. Expect Williams to miss a few games.

KEY NUMBER

39: The point differential between the Cowboys and Giants after Dallas won both regular-season games last season. With the Giants favored?

THESE FIRST STEPS

The only step for the Giants is to follow the same formula as the last two weeks: Play hard and protect the ball. New York has turned the ball over twice this season, both in the opener against Tennessee. Daniel Jones is 39 of 55 for 364 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. His quarterback rating is 99.4. Wink Martindale’s defense is giving up an average of 18 points. Keep that up and New York will have a chance every game.

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