Giants spooked by Cowboys on Monday Night Football as they suffer fifth straight loss

Giants spooked by Cowboys on Monday Night Football as they suffer fifth straight loss


A black cat bounded into MetLife Stadium on Monday night just in time to watch the Giants burn through all nine of their lives  Pat Shurmur’s feisty-but-flawed team squandered its first lead since September and let its fifth straight loss slip into a 37-18 blowout defeat to the Dallas Cowboys, the sixth consecutive loss to their division rival Advertisement  Now the lowly Giants (2-7) enter Week 10 desperate for a win over the pathetic Jets (1-7) to at least save a bit of face before their bye week  “(We need a win) in the worst way, for everyone in this organization, the facility, players, coaches, front office, everyone,” safety Michael Thomas said in a quickly-emptied locker room “We need it, and we’re gonna find a way to get it.”  Monday’s late Halloween visit from the Giants’ feline friend with 5:20 remaining in the second quarter foreshadowed doom and misfortune And sure enough, while the Giants tacked on a field goal shortly after to take a 12-3 lead, they fell behind 13-12 by half and never led again  Daniel Jones turned the ball over three times and his offense couldn’t score touchdowns in a game that grew heated against the NFC East-leading Cowboys (5-3)  The Cowboys put a finishing touch on the blowout in the final seconds with a Jourdan Lewis 63-yard fumble return for a TD on Jones’ final turnover of the night, a sack fumble  Dallas QB Dak Prescott, meanwhile, picked on beleaguered Giants rookie corner DeAndre Baker incessantly late as “the wheels came off” and “it just kind of came loose” on defense, Thomas said  When Baker finally made a play on a deep third-down pass intended for Amari Cooper, the officials made a questionable pass interference call to keep the Dallas drive alive The Giants only trailed 23-18 at the time.  But soon after, Baker busted a coverage and played zone while his teammates were in man-to-man, surrendering a 45-yard touchdown to Cooper that put the game out of reach for the home team It was the second straight TD on which he’d been victimized.  “I don’t undress teammates, but we just got some young mistakes right now,” Thomas said “And we gotta learn. Once we as a team get rid of those young mistakes that’s happening, growing pains, we’ll play winning football ”  “It sucks,” linebacker Alec Ogletree said of watching the game slip away.  The Giants could have activated corner Sam Beal off injured reserve to play in the game but for unknown reasons opted not to They did bench Grant Haley in favor of Corey Ballentine at slot corner, but the first-round rookie Baker stayed in and continued to struggle  Dallas swept this season series for a third straight year, outscoring the Giants a combined 72-35 in two games, including a 35-17 Cowboys home win in Week 1  The Giants, meanwhile, are in full-blown crisis mode.  Ownership wants to see this franchise headed in the right direction, and while John Mara and Steve Tisch aren’t measuring that by victories alone, they want to see wins They also want to see Jones progress and stop turning the ball over. Advertisement  In the rookie’s first start against the Cowboys, however, he committed a pair of giveaways that allowed the Cowboys to take the lead and hold it  A 49-yard Blake Jarwin touchdown from Dak Prescott narrowed the Giants’ second-quarter lead to 12-10 And then Jones threw an interception on a prayer downfield with 25 seconds left in the first half that Cowboys safety Xavier Woods returned 29 yards to the Giants’ 39  Jones was put in that position by Shurmur’s decision to play aggressively before the half The head coach said he had no regrets, though.  “The flip side of it is you just take a knee and go into the locker room, but we wanted to give our guys a chance,” he said “But we can’t have those bad plays happen. No (I did not contemplate taking a knee) There’s 30-some seconds left. Go play. Why not?”  Brett Maher then booted a 52-yard field goal to give the visitors a 13-12 lead at half The game would have been tied, but Aldrick Rosas had missed a kick for a third straight game — an extra point after Latimer’s one-yard touchdown grab  Jones then fumbled on the second drive of the second half, setting up another Maher field goal for a 16-12 deficit  Wideout Cody Latimer was a bright spot for the Giants, catching a first-half touchdown pass and bringing out two big second-half kick returns His TD was set up by an incredible one-handed catch from Golden Tate down to the goal line James Bettcher’s defense also forced two Cowboys turnovers in the first half: an opening drive interception by Antoine Bethea on the first Dallas play from scrimmage, and a Jabrill Peppers forced fumble on Randall Cobb that Bethea recovered  Ezekiel Elliott had his way on the ground, however, despite Leonard Williams’ deadline trade addition to the Giants’ defensive front And Saquon Barkley struggled to get going outside of a late 65-yard screen pass to the Cowboys’ 11-yard line that they couldn’t cash in for a touchdown anyway  And the Giants were left once again staring up at the fat cats of the NFC East, wondering what it must be like

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