New York Giants: 3 Keys to Victory in Week 2 vs. Cowboys

In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) calls out at the line of scrimmage during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. New York was about to put a damper on another festive prime-time opener Sunday night. Instead, the Giants were stunned 27-26 on a winning drive by Tony Romo after Manning admittedly made a crucial mistake. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) ORG XMIT: NY165

In Week 1, the New York Giants fell short to the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-15. The Giants had plenty of opportunities to come out with a victory, but they didn’t capitalize on them. Against a team like the Jaguars, who have an elite defense, you need to execute to near perfection to get the win. The Giants were unable to do that and lost their first game in the Pat Shurmur era.

The Giants did have a few positives that came out of their Week 1 loss though. For one, Odell Beckham Jr. looked like he was in mid-season form already. Beckham was able to have his way with Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars’ secondary, finishing the game with 11 receptions and 111 yards. He probably could’ve had two touchdowns if Eli Manning was able to hit him on two crucial throws he missed. Sometimes those things can cost you a game.

Another positive was their second overall pick, Saquon Barkley, showed the potential he can have in the NFL. Barkley started slow, rushing for just 29 yards on his first 11 carries. He would then break off a 68-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, breaking a few arm tackles on his way to the end zone. The former Nittany Lion would complete the game with 18 carries and 106 yards. Hopefully, he can replicate that success in Week 2.

The Giants will play their first division game of the year already in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys. Division games always mean more than other games especially in the NFC East where the division could be wide open this year, even with the defending champ Philadelphia Eagles in the division. The game will be on Sunday Night Football, so the whole world will see both teams on display early in the season.

In the NFL, you need certain things to happen or go your way to win a game. Here are a few things the Giants will need to do to get their first win of the season.

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