The Giants are a team in crisis at 0-2 after a miserable, 20-13 loss in Dallas on Sunday night. And they're back to their same old offensive problems.
Here's a look at how their specific position groups played on Sunday night...
On the surface, it's hard to argue with a 33-for-44, 279-yard, 1-touchdown, no-interception performance. It's statistically solid. It's impressive considering Eli Manning was sacked six times, rushed countless other times and has been basically battered for years. I know everyone wants to blame Manning for a lot of the Giants' problems, but he seems to be operating as best as he possibly can under duress.
That's not to say his game was anything better than mediocre, though. He did rush throws at times when the rush wasn't necessarily there. It's understandable he's become skittish, but he has to be better. And while his receivers weren't open much, he did miss some big targets, including Odell Beckham Jr. running free in the end zone in the second half.
And maybe it's not fair to put it all on him, but somehow, some way, the quarterback has to find a way for the offense to be better than it was in this game. Like it or not, it reflects on him.
Where would the Giants be without Saquon Barkley? Probably stuck forever at their own 25, trying to figure out a way to pick up their first first-down. The rookie has been the best thing about the Giants' putrid offense, and he was a really effective receiver against the Cowboys, catching a ridiculous 14 catches for 80 yards.
But the running game remains atrocious. Take away Barkley's 68-yard touchdown run in the opener and he hasn't done much on the ground at all. Against the Cowboys he was ineffective with 11 carries for 28 yards. No, it's not his fault. But part of the excitement about Barkley was he was supposed to transcend the offensive line issues and gain yards on his own. He's doing that as a receiver, but not as a runner.
Manning spent far too much time checking down to his running back, which is a good sign that his receivers just aren't getting consistently open. Granted, they have to get open fast because the pocket is always collapsing. But that's the deal. They're supposed to get open quickly. The receivers totaled nine catches for 116 yards. That's one good Beckham day. It shouldn't be a team total.
Evan Engram proved to be a more reliable receiver in this game (7-67-1) but too much came late in the game, and his blocking was an issue. The tight ends don't get a pass for the offensive line disaster since they're supposed to offer a little more help.
Is there a grade lower than F? It seems appropriate, and it's turning into a lifetime achievement award for the Giants' line (even though this is basically a new group). Manning was sacked six times. He was constantly hurried. There were far too many times when a blitzer was coming through, untouched -- which in fairness might partly be a scheme issue, too.
There are no holes for the running backs. There's no time for the quarterback. And honestly, it's pretty much all five guys at this point. The leaks come from everywhere.
The line never actually sacked Dak Prescott, but there were more than a few occasions when he was rushed and forced to throw on the run or off his back foot. That's not bad considering their best pass rusher, Olivier Vernon, is still out with a sprained ankle. And their big defensive line did an excellent job against Ezekiel Elliott. He had 78 yards on 17 carries, and 19 of those yards came on one fourth-quarter run.
The linebackers -- Alec Ogletree in particular -- were a big reason for the success against Elliott. They were also really good in pass coverage underneath. Granted, the Cowboys don't have Jason Witten to torture the Giants anymore, but it's not like they were having great success with short passes or with mismatching targets against linebackers.
If there's one area the Giants' linebackers could be better in, it's containment. Prescott rushed seven times for 45 yards. Containment isn't easy against a quarterback who can run like him, but there are a lot of those around the league now.
On the third play of the game, CB Janoris Jenkins stumbled, which allowed Cowboys WR Tavon Austin to run free. And when safety Curtis Riley took a bad angle to cut him off, Austin was gone for a 64-yard touchdown catch.
After that, against an average-at-best receiving corps, the Giants' secondary was basically on lockdown. Prescott completed 15 of his 24 other passes for 96 yards. Eli Apple had a particularly strong game until he left with a groin injury, and the Giants didn't fall apart after that.
The special teams was mostly a non-factor, which is both good and bad. Their coverage was hard to evaluate since none of their kickoffs were returned and only one of their five punts was returned (for zero yards). That's pretty good execution in the punting game. Unfortunately, their own return game remains listless. Cody Latimer did average 28 yards on his two kickoff returns, which isn't bad. But even Beckham couldn't generate anything in his one punt return.
On the bright side, at least they didn't fumble any punt returns this time.