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New York Giants: Winners and Losers from Week 1 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Terrell Thomas and Justin Tuck Had Winning Performances in Defeat

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New York Giants: Winners and Losers from Week 1 vs. Dallas Cowboys

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Justin Tuck had a winning performance for the New York Giants in Week 1.

COMMENTARY | Six turnovers doomed the New York Giants in a frustrating 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, September 8.

Now that the dust has settled, let's take a look back at the individual winners and losers from the game. In this case, there was one big-time loser -- guess who? -- and a few surprising winners for Big Blue.

Biggest Loser

RB David Wilson -- Wilson fumbled twice and missed a key block inside the Cowboys' 10-yard line which led to a sack of Eli Manning. His first turnover killed a promising drive in the first quarter and his second was returned for touchdown early in the second half to make it 20-10. Wilson, who finished with 19 yards on seven rushes, was benched in the second half and will have to win back the trust of head coach Tom Coughlin.

"They're not going to play unless they can hang on to the ball," Coughlin said in his postgame press conference. "He's a talented young man. We'll get him right, even if he has to run around the field with two hands on the ball. We need him."

Unfortunately, the Giants don't have a veteran running back on the roster for Wilson to lean on. Da'Rel Scott, who has 16 career carries, and rookie Michael Cox are the only other running backs on the depth chart. Thus, the Giants may have to bring in a more experienced player to back up Wilson or at least provide some leadership at the position.

Other players made mistakes against the Cowboys, but Wilson's miscues were so blatent, he deserves to be the only loser from Week 1.


CB Terrell Thomas -- You have to feel good for Thomas, who played his first regular season game in three years and more than held his own. Thomas had seven tackles and defended pass out of the slot corner position. He could end up playing a key role in the secondary. Prince Amukamara, who left the game with a concussion, must pass specific testing and protocols before being cleared to play again.

DE Justin Tuck -- Tuck had a team-high eight tackles, shared a sack with Linval Joseph and had two hits on Tony Romo. It was an encouraging sign for the veteran defensive end, who is coming off back-to-back disappointing seasons. Behind Tuck's stong game, the defense kept the Giants in the game and showed signs of improvement from last season.

Giants Wide Receivers -- It's impossible to single out just one. Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle turned Dallas' Tampa 2 defense inside out with a combined 15 catches (five each) for 333 yards. Cruz had three touchdowns, including a 70-yard TD before halftime to make the score 13-10.

It was an especially significant showing for Nicks, who suffered through an injury-riddled season last year. Plus, it was an outstanding start to the season for Randle, who hinted at a breakout season during training camp. This offense can be explosive without the turnovers.

Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo! Contributor Network during the team's Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Adam can be found on Twitter @Pegcitysports.


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