The Giants allowed 405 yards through the air to the Cowboys, a main reason why the scoreboard read 35-17 Dallas at the end of the day.
Heading into the season, the Giants knew they were inexperienced at the position with the exception of Janoris Jenkins. It was a young yet hopeful group that the team believed would translate well.
But that was the exact opposite outcome with the Cowboys' receivers doing whatever they wanted on the field. Dallas' social media team posted a recap video on their Twitter that proved receivers like Amari Cooper knew they had the upper hand.
So what did the Giants think about that after taking a beating in the passing game? Safety Jabrill Peppers, another young but talented player in that secondary, thought the Cowboys deserve to talk some trash with how the Giants played.
"Man, they were kicking our a--," Peppers told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "That bothered me more than anything they could ever say to me. You know what I mean? If we were kicking their a--, we'd be talking sh-- too. That just comes with the territory."
Cooper was having a field day, totaling 106 yards on just six receptions. Michael Gallup led the group with 158 yards on seven catches. And whether it was Deandre Baker, the Giants' first-rounder who didn't have the rookie debut he was hoping for, Antonio Hamilton, or even Jenkins, there just always seemed to be an open receiver.
But it wasn't getting simply out-played. Talking at the Giants' facility on Wednesday, Peppers saw it more as blown assignments and a lack of communication that had the Cowboys wide open throughout the day. That's why he's still very confident in these young corners to get the job done moving forward.
"Definitely extremely confident," he said. "I think we got a great group of guys, smart guys that play fast. Just gotta do a little bit extra this week. Sometimes you got to see it for yourself to make the proper changes. You know, I was running with those guys. So I have the utmost confidence in these guys."
It was "definitely a shock," though that Peppers saw such a breakdown on the back end. The Giants will have to shore that up against the Bills, who have speedy, elusive receivers like John Brown, Zay Jones, and Cole Beasley -- a Giants' killer with the Cowboys in past years -- on their roster.
So it isn't the time to point fingers. Instead, the Giants secondary will work this week to fix their mistakes and play a one unit heading into Sunday. Peppers said he'll be watching the young guys to see how they adjust and help out where needed.
But he's also looking at himself and the other veterans (Antoine Bethea included) that also needed to take responsibility for what happened in Dallas.
"Well, we got in here, we corrected it," he said. "Today is going to be the first real work day, so I'll have more of a gauge on that. See how the preparation changes, how we prioritize things. At the end of the day, everybody had a hand in it."