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DAL 21, NYG 6: Cowboys Get 10th Win on 4 Takeaways

The Cowboys defense isn’t just stealing the show these days; it’s the key to success in the second half of the season. Four takeaways were critical today as Dallas picked up a 21-6 road victory over the New York Giants.

Dallas picked off backup QB Mike Glennon three times, highlighted by Trevon Diggs’ 10th interception of 2021. A poor throw was laid up to Trevon late in the game and initially ruled an incompletion, but a challenge by Mike McCarthy led to the correct call as Diggs was down before the ball was stripped away by the Giants’ receiver.

Jourdan Lewis and Malik Hooker also had picks today. In the first half, Carlos Watkins recovered a fumble after DeMarcus Lawrence punched the ball away from Saquon Barkley.

The one area where the Cowboys defense was surprisingly quiet was sacks. While they got pressure on Glennon and Jake Fromm at times, only one sack shared between Dorance Armstrong and Neville Gallimore was recorded.

The turnovers were important as the Cowboys offense was again lackluster. A conservative gameplan led to low production; only a 5.9 average on passing plays and 4.2 yards on the ground. Dak Prescott did hit Dalton Schultz for a TD in the third quarter but only had 217 yards total for the game.

Schultz led all Cowboys receivers today with eight catches for 67 yards, including some key 3rd-down conversions. CeeDee Lamb added six catches for 50 yards.

Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for 126 yards on 28 carries, with Zeke scoring the game’s first touchdown early. Greg Zuerlein went 3/3 on field goals but missed both of his extra point attempts.

The lack of consistent execution on offense is a concern with the playoffs looming closer. The Giants were very shorthanded thanks to injuries and COVID-19, reduced to signing former Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith just two days ago and playing him today.

Nevertheless, the Cowboys improved to 10-4 and should shortly clinch the NFC East. If it doesn’t happen by the end of Week 15, next week’s home game against Washington can make it official.

What do you think?

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Written by Jess Haynie

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  1. Conservative game plan or not, with four take aways there ought to be more points on the board than 21. It was somewhat encouraging to see the running game look a bit more productive, but this offense is still a shadow of what it was at the start of the season. The D is looking really good, but let’s face it…the Giants are awful. The Boys are 10-4, but of those 10 wins only two of them are against decent teams. Tyron Smith not being in there makes a huge difference, but the Packers had four of their five linemen out today and looked awesome. It is time for this line to man up and get the job done.

  2. The defense played great. The offense was pretty good, liked DP rolling left and hitting CD on the sideline, showed some good mobility. DS, DP’s security blanket, played very well, showing good strength. GZ missing TWO extra points is baffling. Still against the Giants, and with all those takeaways, should have hit the scoreboard more.

    Bottom line, 10-4, and the playoffs in sight, can’t complain too much.

  3. Well I think I’ve figured out what the Cowboys are doing on offense! They are playing a pre season offense not showing anything until playoffs starts then bringing the wow factor!! ………….. I hope this is what they are doing?? Any other ideas??

  4. One other thing , Vam I can’t complain too much either after seeing TB get beat by the Saints and the Cardinals getting mashed by the Lions!! Maybe we will start Jelling in the next few weeks!

  5. CF Ed, that sounds good, but I don’t think that’s what’s happening here. Unfortunately, DP, for whatever reason, is not in top form. He appears to be an inconsistent QB now, and if another playoff team gets him in one of his lesser performances, well it could be one and done. Hope I’m wrong, but this is what it looks like right now.

    The good thing is the defense is playing very well, albeit against the Giants. As a matter of fact, the last few games, they were playing against second and even third string QBs, so while the record looks good, it has to be tempered somewhat when factoring in the quality of the opponents.

    Hopefully, DP can get his stuff together and play like he did earlier in the year. Then we they have a good chance of going long in the PS.

  6. Even if the Cowboys weren’t showing much on offense and holding back for the playoffs, that doesn’t explain the very poor accuracy Dak has had over the past few weeks, practically gave Safety Collins for WFT a early Christmas gift, as well as many other instances, it’s almost become routine where he’ll throw one or two balls a game where I’m like “what are you doing? ”

    Overall though it was a very conservative gameplan by MMC and Moore, Dak looked quite a bit better, he seems to be getting some of his mobility back, not all of it but some, and he looked more accurate overall in this game albeit against the Giants, only thing is i wished i would’ve seen more deep shots in this game, and then I’d get an idea as to whether Dak is FINALLY getting back to form or not

    Our team is great, our D is looking stout, though i will say that we’ve only played WFT and the Giants so far with our D line fully healthy, interesting to see how we’ll fair against the Cards as they’ve been floundering here as of late, if we can keep up the D, along with a hopefully healthy O Line and healthy RBs, and have Dak HOPEFULLY getting back right,

    we ought to be pretty stout in a NFC race that doesn’t look that difficult to win

    after the Bucs bad L vs. Saints, oh and they’ll be WO Chris Godwin, cuz he’s hurt with i believe a ACL or some sort of injury like that for the entirety of this season,

    The Cards look very questionable rn after losing to lions and they won’t have D Hop with a injury

    The Rams have looked very questionable all year long

    The Packers about lost to Ravens backup QB if he would’ve seen Brown in the back of the endzone instead of staring down Andrews on the 2 pt conversion to win the game

    We ought to be in a good spot, just got to get everybody on the same page now

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