It was almost fitting how the New York Giants ended their season against the Dallas Cowboys. It was a game the Giants should have won, but instead, Dallas snuck out of East Rutherford with a 36-35 victory and sent New York to 5-11 on the year.
Several games earlier in the year went that way for the Giants, and maybe if they had hung on to win some of those games, they would be headed to the playoffs now instead of the Cowboys or Eagles.
Instead, the Giants finished in last place for the second consecutive season and netted themselves the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
So, after the final game of a 16-game schedule, whose stock was up and down for the Giants?
Barkley was by far the best player on offense for the Giants all year long and he finished strong against the Cowboys.
Barkley had one last 100-yard game, rushing for 109 yards and scoring his 11th rushing touchdown of the season. With 1,307 rushing yards, Barkley finished second in the league behind Ezekiel Elliott.
The rookie also finished with over 2,000 total yards from scrimmage, becoming just the third rookie running back to ever finish with that total.
Barkley has put himself in prime position to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award given his tremendous season.
Riley didn’t exactly have the best season for the Giants, as he missed several tackles and took bad angles all year long.
But if there was one play that summed up Riley’s season, it came when he had a chance to make a tackle on Blake Jarwin that could have prevented a touchdown. Instead, Riley casually watched as Jarwin strolled right by him and into the end zone.
After that play, Riley was quickly put on the bench and deservedly so. If that play is the last one of Riley’s tenure with the Giants, then it sums up what a disappointment it was and emphasizes that the Giants need to find another safety in the offseason.