The Boys Are Back

The NFL’s first NFC East primetime matchup was a raucous event for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans. Although an uncompetitive game, the stars on both teams made the game thoroughly entertaining and left the Giants hungry for a rematch at the Meadowlands.


The Cowboys started off hot with Dak Prescott connecting with offseason addition Tavon Austin for an electric 64-yard touchdown. Nice runs by Zeke Elliot, Austin and Prescott got the team into the Giant redzone on their second possession where Dan Bailey would kick a 37-yard field goal to extend the Boy’s lead to 10 – zip.

(Sept. 15, 2018 - Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)


The game was a defensive back and forth for the rest of the first half. The Cowboys racked up 4 sacks on Eli Manning and held the Giants to just 79 yards of total offense. The Cowboys continued their pressure on the quarterback on the Giants first drive of the second half with Damien Wilson coming on a blitz to strip sacking Eli Manning and recover the football at the Giants 27-yard line. However, The Giants defense was able to keep their team in the game forcing a Dallas field goal bringing the game to 13-0. A 37-yard pass from Eli Manning to Cody Lattimer allowed the Giants to finally get past mid-field and convert a 28-yard field goal for their first points of the night with 4:34 left in the 3rd quarter. A 14-play 9-minute touchdown drive in the forth quarter solidified the Cowboys victory despite late scoring by the Giants with the game essentially out of reach.


Final Score: 20-13 Cowboys


Takeaways


If one were to simply look at the stats of this game they would be gravely mislead. 108 of the Giants 255 yards where gained on their final two possessions starting at the 5:45 mark of the 4th quarter with the game basically over. The Giants o-line was completely unable to protect Eli Manning from pressure and Giants receivers had a very difficult time getting open. On the bright side, the Giants defense showed resolve keeping their team in the game until the 4th quarter, and Saquan Barkely was juking defenders like Adrian Peterson in his prime.

(Sept. 15, 2018 - Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)


The Cowboys showed their front 7 to be a nasty, fast and explosive group sacking Eli Manning 6 times and causing a turnover. The defensive success allowed the offensive to have a lackluster performance with Zeke Elliot having only 87 total yards. Dak Prescott’s ability to run the ball added another dimension to the Cowboy’s attack the Giants could not stop.

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