I understand they play with heart and effort and are probably overachieving even if they are one of the worst defenses statistically in the league. The way the Cowboys whisked through them to score the winning TD in the final minutes was perhaps one of the worst attempts to hold a lead I've seen in quite some time.
Overall Grade: D
DL: The Cowboys didn't light up the stat sheet like some of the Giants most recent opponents, gaining 385 total yards and 119 yards rushing. The defensive line has been trying to hold it together and has basically failed in big spots. They were only on the field 24 minutes, but looked worn out on that final drive. DEs Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore had sacks and Jon Hankins had five tackles. That's the good news. The bad news is that they applied little pressure on QB Tony Romo, hitting him a total of five times (including the two sacks). Grade: D
LB: Jameel McClain, filling in at MLB for Jon Beason, went down with a knee injury and was replaced by Mark Herzlich. That pretty much tells you where this team is at. No Beason, no Jacquian and no McClain, well, you get the picture. Spencer Paysinger and Devon Kennard actually played fairly well as did Herzlich (six tackles) but not much can be expected from these backups against one of the league's top offenses. They're not out there making a difference, they're just trying to survive. Grade: C
DB: Antrel Rolle always comes to play. I'm sure the others do, too, but they allowed way too many big plays down the field. GM Jerry Reese told us years ago this was a major problem with Perry Fewell's defense and it still is. A backup receiver named Cole Beasley beat them for two big plays and Dez Bryant continued his mastery over the Giants' defensive backfield with two more TD catches. Injuries have reduced them to a subpar unit and what's left isn't getting it done. Grade: D