The Cowboys are up by seven at halftime against the New York Giants but that doesn’t really tell the story of this game. Despite clearly outclassing their competition, Dallas’ mistakes have allowed their division rival to take a manageable 17-10 score into the break.
The biggest story thus far have been injuries for the Giants’ offense. RB Saquon Barkley had to leave with an ankle injury and then QB Daniel Jones went out with a concussion on their last possession of the half. Both were carted off the field and statuses for the second half are still unknown.
Jones’ injury occurred near the goal line and, despite his exit, New York was able to punch it in for a touchdown to tie the game at 10-10. The Cowboys responded with a touchdown drive in the final minutes of the half, capped by a scoring pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper.
Earlier in the game, Prescott found Ceedee Lamb for a beautiful 49-yarder for Dallas’ other touchdown.
Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t scored but he’s been highly effective; 71 rushing yards on just 12 carries thus far. Tony Pollard’s chipped in 31 yards himself as this duo has continued to produce as well anyone in football.
Defensively, Dallas has held New York to just 154 yards. Trevon Diggs has nearly come up with another pick on a few throws. Randy Gregory has been getting heavy pressure on the QB, but so far we haven’t any sacks or turnovers.
It’s been Cowboys turnovers that have kept New York in the game. On the first possession, one of Prescott’s passes got tipped and intercepted by Giants LB Lorenzeo Carter. Later, a fumbled snap by Dak was recovered by Reggie Ragland.
If they can clean up the mistakes, Dallas should be able to handle their business in the second half.