How Bout Them Cowboys!
The Dallas Cowboys walked out of week 1 with a 19-3 victory over their NFC East rival New York Giants. But wait, don’t the Giants have the Cowboys number? The Giants beat the Cowboys twice last season, leading to most people saying the Giants owned the Cowboys. That whole thing never made any sense to me at all! Yes, the Giants won twice, but they won by a total of 4 points. How on earth is winning by 4 points total having someone’s number? It’s not. The Dallas Cowboys definitely proved that’s not the case last night. Dallas controlled the game on both sides of the ball.
The offense didn’t seem to be as explosive as it was last year, but the Giants defense is one of the better defensive units in the league. Although we didn’t see the Cowboys put up big points, they’re offense still dominated the game.
Dak Prescott got off to a slow start, but he picked it up as the game went on. He completed 61.5% of his passes for 268 yards and threw 1 TD pass. He finished with a QB rating of 90.5. In two meetings last season, Prescott combined for 392 passing yards while completing just 51.2% of his passes. In those two games, Prescott had 1 TD and 2 INT’s.
Ezekiel Elliot had 104 rushing yards on 24 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. In two meetings last season, Zeke combined for 158 yards on 44 carries, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. The first game for Zeke brought his numbers down. His second game against the Giants was actually pretty good, as he rushed for over 100 yards. Overall though, Zeke didn’t look like his usual self against the Giants.
Both Prescott and Elliot had better games against this Giants defense. You know what that tells me? It tells me that last year Prescott and Elliot were two rookies who faced one of the best defense’s in the league twice. It tells me that both players are improving, growing, and learning on the field. Both players are learning to adapt to NFL defense’s. The Giants winning wasn’t a result of them having the Cowboys number, it was because the Cowboys young players hadn’t figured them out yet.
The Cowboys had a great season last year because of the spectacular play of Dak and Zeke. Every player has a weakness, and the Giants was theirs last year. To be great, you learn how to overcome your weakness, and that’s exactly what Dak and Zeke did. Ezekiel Elliot reminded us why he’s one of the best running backs in the league. Dak Prescott made us forget about a Sophomore slump. He showed us why he’s the leader of the Dallas Cowboys. He works hard to improve, and then he goes out and performs.
The Dallas defense had some major questions going into this season. They lost some key contributors from their defense a year ago. They replaced them with veteran Nolan Carroll and young draft picks. We know the defensive line has been a question, and their defensive questions went way beyond that.
Despite all the questions on defense, this unit allowed the Giants to score just 3 points. Their new secondary looked great covering receivers, the defensive line was putting pressure on Manning all night, and they forced a key turnover.
Some may use the absence of Odell Beckham Jr. for the reason the defense looked so good, but that’s not a good enough excuse to score just 3 points. Eli Manning has won 2 Super Bowls. He still had Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall, Shane Vereen, and other weapons. Beckham makes a difference, but come on, 3 points!
The Cowboys defense looked good, much better than we all thought. They held the Giants to 49 yards in the first half, 35 total rushing yards, and 233 total yards. They had 3 sacks, and forced a turnover. They held the Giants to 3 points!
Big Night for Dallas
This was a huge night for the Dallas Cowboys, and in more ways than getting a victory of the Giants. Jason Witten pass Michael Irvin for the most receiving yards in Cowboys history. He also caught the Cowboys only TD of the game. Second year LB Jaylon Smith started for the Cowboys after recovering from a serious knee injury. Not only did he start, but he played well. He finished second on the team in tackles behind, guess who, Sean Lee. Most importantly, the Cowboys put to rest the talk of the New York Giants having their number. As a Cowboys fan myself, I’m glad I don’t have to listen to that ridiculous garbage any longer. Go Cowboys!