Alec Ogletree, Ezekiel Elliott
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New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree speaks on the struggles the Big Blue defense portrayed during Sunday’s loss in Dallas.

The New York Giants defense was the main issue during the team’s 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Along with allowing Dak Prescott to throw for 405 yards and four touchdowns, the pass rush didn’t achieve one sack.

Having finished with only 30 sacks all of last year, the rush was definitely something that needed to be improved. Needless to say, it wasn’t during Week 1.

After the loss, veteran Giants inside linebacker Alec Ogletree spoke on the struggles from the group of 11 that he tries to lead as a team captain.

“We had a lot of little mistakes that turned into big plays,” Ogletree said, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post “We know we’re a better team than that.”

In July, Ogletree made the claim that this defense had the potential to be a top-five group in the NFL. After Week 1, they’re 31st in the league in total yards allowed, having given up 494 yards to Dallas. Despite the abysmal performance, Ogletree is sticking with the claim he originally made this Summer.

“My confidence hasn’t been shaken,” he said, per Tom Rock of Newsday “I know we have a great defense here. It’s just a matter of us doing it.”

Ogletree had six tackles and one pass defended in the loss to Dallas.

The Giants defense will try to improve mightily when they head back to MetLife Stadium this week to face the Buffalo Bills. New York and Buffalo will kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET this coming Sunday.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.