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    DAL 19, NYG 3: Cowboys Defense Dominates Giants

    The opened their in style, slaying the New York Giants 19-3 in the most one-sided victory between the two rivals in several years.

    The Cowboys was the real story of the night, sacking three times and rarely letting them even get close to the endzone. had two of those ; a rare feat for a Dallas defender. In all of 2016, only had a two-sack game for the Cowboys against the .

    The other sack came from , making his NFL debut after missing all of his rookie season with a spinal condition. 2016 classmate also debuted and was second on the team with seven tackles. Unsurprisingly, led the way with eight.

    Ezekiel Elliott, Giants
    RB (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

     

    On , Ezekiel Elliott had 104 rushing yards and another 36 yards receiving. The Cowboys lone touchdown went from to , who led the team with seven catches for 59 yards. also had a nice night receiving; 68 yards on six catches.

    Prescott wasn't as sharp as we're accustomed to but still made critical plays and never turned it over. He completed 24 of 39 passes for 268 yards, and also had 24 yards rushing. He was only sacked once and wasn't pressured too often, which is a credit to new starters and .

    The Giants were missing receiver , who was deactivated as his ankle hasn't healed fully. Their offense was held to just 233 total yards and couldn't find the endzone without its franchise player.

     

    The Cowboys had lost three-straight games against the Giants, getting swept last year and losing their second meeting in 2015. Dallas leads the all-time series between the division rivals with a 63-46-2 record.

    With only three points, the Giants scored the fewest points in the Cowboys-Giants since 2003. Ironically, that was also a 19-3 win by Dallas. Jason Witten was a rookie then and also had a touchdown catch in that game, thrown by the immortal Quincy Carter.

    Other Notes

    • started 2017 looking once again like one of the greatest kickers in NFL , hitting 4-of-4 all right down the middle. His longest was a 48-yarder.
    • Jason Witten became the Cowboys all-time leader in receiving yards tonight. He also closed with one score of for third in all-time receiving touchdowns.
    • CB left the game early with a left hand injury. It has since been confirmed as a fracture and his return timetable is not yet known.
    • Speaking of cornerbacks, made a key interception in the 4th quarter, all but killing the Giants' hopes of a comeback and setting up the Cowboys' final field goal. Brown's one INT last season also came against the Giants.
    • Elsewhere in the today, the got a road win in Washington. The Cowboys won't play another divisional opponent until Week 8 when they also head to the nation's capitol.
    • Dallas' next game will be on the road against the Broncos. Denver opens their season tomorrow night, hosting the Chargers.
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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    Russ_Te

    Linehan again called a questionable Giants game IMO. Too conservative playing for FG’s when in range, too many inside runs. The Giants defense is stout up front and are going to stuff most of the inside plays. If you didn’t have RB speed it would be a different matter. The one pitch to Elliott, went for about 10 yards.

    I think you are better off to wear them down with numerous outside runs. All the more reason it made no sense to have Morris as EE’s backup when you have McFadden & his speed. Twice on 2nd & 10, hand off to Morris, stuffed. Who would call that?

    Dak: rust early but got going

    Collins: Not a bad RT debut against JPP

    Chaz Green: Just stay healthy

    Lawrence: has a motor. If you could leave him at LDE, quality player

    Tapper: Saw the burst off the ball that some have mentioned. I don’t see why a DE who can do that falls to the 4th round, but maybe so. He needs to platoon at RDE with Taco & see who wins the job.

    Jaylon Smith: It seems rushed to start him but the guy was active. Looks quicker than I expected at this point. Had 2 wicked shots on Shepard. A lot of intensity and will to win with this player. At least he is off the field on long downs, that may help him get back to 100%

    Young secondary: Got a big break with Beckham sitting, did what is expected in that situation – get the rest covered.

    Giants: Years now without a quality OL or RB, never seem to get it fixed. Long year for Eli, great to see the Cowboys send him to it on the wrong foot… ;^)

    Jess Haynie

    Good stuff, Russ. I think the reason Tapper fell in the draft was that he played 3-4 DE at Oklahoma and there wasn’t enough tape of him really getting after the QB. Nice to see him being used the right way now.