Giants Season Opener: Ugly & A Reminder of the Importance of #13
by John Jastremski
Sep 12, 2017 | 1293 views | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Giants have had memorable season openers in the past. I think it’s fair to say Sunday’s opener against the Dallas Cowboys doesn’t exactly fall into that category.

Unless you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan.

The Giants offense was a complete no show in a 19-3 loss that wasn’t even that close.

For the Giants to score only three points and muster up a lowly 233 yards of total offense is absolutely pathetic considering the Cowboys defense isn’t against going to remind you of the '85 Bears or the 2000 Ravens.

The Giants couldn’t protect their quarterback, their quarterback couldn’t make plays, and the weapons around him were beyond invisible.

There’s no question that a lot of the struggles for the New York Giants offensively over the last year and change circle back to the lack of a high-quality offensive line.

However, this was supposed to be a much-improved Giants offense regardless of the woes of the line.

This team acquired Brandon Marshall in free agency, drafted a physically gifted tight end in Evan Ingram, and welcomed back Shane Vereen from injury.

On Sunday, Marshall was a non-factor. Engram and Vereen had their moments, but you were reminded who truly is the guy on the Giants offense that stirs the drink.

The most dynamic weapon for Big Blue was not wearing his Beckham jersey and dancing in the end zone. but instead was rocking shorts and a t-shirt on the sideline.

Playing without your superstar wide receiver is not exactly the right formula for taking down the team that had the best record in the NFC a year ago.

The talent and importance of Beckham shouldn’t be considered breaking news. Odell Beckham, Jr. is the best player on the New York Giants.

He’s been one of the best receivers in football and, yes, he is your classic diva, high-maintenance wide receiver.

Have I had frustration with Odell Beckham, Jr. over the years? Absolutely, but the idea that the Giants are a better team without him is comical.

Yes, I’ve heard that argument from a select few Giants fans who have grown tired of Beckham’s antics. Whether your like him or not, the 2017 New York Giants need Odell Beckham, Jr.

He’s a player that’s capable of taking any play at any moment to the house for a touchdown.

There are only about five or six playmakers in the league who posses that sort of game-breaking offensive ability.

Beckham is one of those guys. The Giants need him and they’ll especially need him early in the year.

He is the sort of player that can spark a group. He’s the sort of guy that can win you a game by himself and it’s why quite frankly at times why you have to deal with some of the “me first” nonsense.

At the end of the day, the Giants are always going to be a better team with Odell Beckham, Jr. suiting up.

It looks like the Giants will have enough problems trying to find their way offensively throughout 2017. They need to show that they can address their issues that, at the moment, remain unsolved from a year ago.

The Giants offense has enough questions, the health and status of their most explosive talent doesn’t need to be on that list.

JJ’s Week 2 NFL Unlocks (3-2 on the year)

• Houston +4

• New England -4.5

• Green Bay +2.5

• Oakland -13.5

• NY Giants -5


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