The Giants are measuring whether to build around its two offensive superstars, Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, so watching both get carted off the field with injuries before halftime is a particularly cruel way to follow a stirring first win.
Barkley’s ankle injury does not appear to be season-ending, just October-ending, and with maybe a bit of November missed, too. Jones, meanwhile, got carted off following a helmet-to-helmet hit he initiated on a run on third-and-goal that left him swerving back to the huddle.
And so this was the context in which Joe Buck, the Fox play-by-play announcer, opened the second half, uttering eight of the most dispiriting words in football: “Now we’ll see what Mike Glennon can do.” We sure did.
I’m a Jets fan — I know from experience dispiriting, in other words. But this season the Giants have kept stealing my attention, and remember, dumpster fires can be hard to look away from. Before Jones got leveled at the goal line, he had led the Giants downfield on a march of dimes, looking not just promising but officially good — dual-threat dangerous, ready to go chunk play for chunk play with Dak Prescott if that’s what it took to fall just short of winning.
By the time Barkley’s ankle had swollen to tuber size, Giants fans were getting cautiously optimistic again: What if Jones can carry this offense all by himself? What if Danny Dimes is the real deal? Then the ex-Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, now Jones’s offensive coordinator, sabotaged him by calling a quarterback keeper on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line that everyone in Texas knew was coming, and now the Giants’ funnible future is temporarily on hold.
Verdict: Maybe circle back in early November?
Not only did the Giants lose to their N.F.C. East rival Cowboys, falling to 1-4, they also lost quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley and big ticket wide receiver Kenny Golladay to injuries during the game.
For a team that was already struggling to put together complete games, that’s an insurmountable personnel loss — no offense to Mike Glennon, the backup quarterback, and running back Devontae Booker, who scored a receiving touchdown and rushed for a score.