In the grand scheme of football omens, turning over the ball on both your first pass attempt and your first run of the season doesn't exactly bode well. And yet that's precisely what happened to the New York Giants on Sunday night, an Eli Manning interception and a David Wilson fumble marking the first of six New York turnovers. Only the fact that Dallas could manage just three points from those first two turnovers — well, that and two touchdowns from Giants receiver Victor Cruz — gave New York even a faint chance against the Cowboys.
Just after halftime, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that the first half of the game was "the worst half of football I've ever seen in my life." That was only because he hadn't yet seen the second half. With opportunity after opportunity squandered and then lost, the Giants looked pretty much like they always do in the regular season — flailing, frustrated, yet without the usual end-of-game salvation that keeps their fans from rising up en masse and rebelling against an organization that can't seem to stay out of its own way for very long.
Tony Romo wasn't exceptional, but he didn't need to be. Merely competent sufficed this evening. He was 36 of 49 for 263 yards, despite taking a pincer-like hit to the ribs late in the second quarter that knocked him briefly out of the game. He returned to start the second half, however, and ended the game with two touchdowns against one interception.
New York lost Andre Brown to injury in the final week of preseason, and it's clear that this injury is going to have a ripple effect on the Giants. Neither David Wilson nor Da'Rel Scott could handle the load, and New York now finds itself already in trouble in the very first week.