The Giants defense may have allowed only 17 points to the Lions Monday night, but the way the defense is taking the loss wouldn't indicate such a performance.
Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who led the team with eight combined tackles, was only focused on the loss following the game rather than individual perfomances.
"At the end of the day, it's two losses," he said. "Whether they're good or not, we have to find a way to win. We're going out there playing good but obviously not good enough. As long as there's points on the board we have to find a way to have more points than them."
Fellow secondary man S Landon Collins did, however, admit to being surprised the Giants are in the position they are to start the season.
"Very surprised," Collins said. "I don't like losing. It's one of my pet peeves. It happens, it happens in this game. We got to work on it and I don't know."
Now 0-2, the Giants will face division rival Philadelphia Eagles, which is bound to be a tough matchup on the road. Rodgers-Cromartie realizes the pressure that will come in Week 3.
"Definitely. We put ourselves in a hole and they only get tougher," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I definitely know where we're going this week, we're going into a real hostile environment and that one's going to be tough. You have to go down there and take that one."
Collins added: "Once the season is here, we can't take these steps back. This is another conference game. So, it counts as two. So, we need this, especially going 0-2. We need this one."
"The urgency is over 200. Over that."
The Giants allowed two touchdowns to Lions QB Matthew Stafford who went 15-for-21 for 122 yards.
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As per usual, the Giants defense was solid despite the loss. However, if we want to pick on something, the secondary could have easily stopped the Lions touchdowns.
The first came on a soft, back-shoulder fade to Marvin Jones with Eli Apple draped all over him. It was a great seal by Apple who pinned Jones to the sideline. But he didn't finish off the terrific coverage as he was looking into the stands instead of locating the ball in the air.
I'm not sure what he was searching for, but Jones should never have hauled in that pass. Apple has been suspect in both games so far this season as he has let up some crucial plays with blown coverage.
Eric Ebron's touchdown grab was another instance of blown coverage. Safety Darian Thompson haphazardly picked up Ebron in his route, and instead of staying tight on his hip, he allowed too much space that Stafford took advantage of. Thompson also should have had an interception on a ball intended for Jones downfield. Instead, he mistimed his jump and let an easy interception through his hands.
I'm not saying the secondary needs to clean up its coverage because it has been one of the bright spots to start the season. However, in crucial moments like getting third down or red zone stops, they allow someone to get open too much for opposing quarterbacks to attack. Improve that and maybe this unit can come away with its first pick in Week 3.