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Giants 20, Cowboys 19: Williams, Elliott, Other Disappointments

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Cowboys Headlines - Giants 20, Cowboys 19: Williams, Elliott, Other Disappointments

Terrance Williams, known more for the passes he fails to catch, will now be known for the one we wish he hadn't.

With 12 seconds left on a potential game-winning drive, Williams caught a crossing-route just past the 50-yard-line and was headed for the sideline. He elected to change direction and head for the middle of the field, perhaps thinking he needed to get the team into field goal range.

One problem; the Cowboys had no timeouts left. Time expired. Giants won.


Dallas squandered domination of the clock, 36 minutes to just 23 for New York. The Giants were able to take advantage of their limited opportunities, running the ball with ease and finding the endzone three times through the air.

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Ezekiel Elliott's first game featured his first career touchdown, but not much else. The rookie was held to just 51 yards on 20 carries, perhaps the day's biggest disappointment. The Cowboys running attack looked weak compared to the Giants', which is hardly what was expected going in.

Other Notes

  • Dak Prescott was more impressive than his stats will indicate. He remained the same calm, collected passer who handled pressure and delivered the ball well on the majority of his throws. Most of his 25 completions went to Jason Witten and Cole Beasley, who combined for 16 catches.
  • Dez Bryant was given some opportunities for heroics but failed to complete the catch on a few tough throws. Just one or two of those jumpballs going his way would have likely changed the outcome.
  • Elliott's lack of run success was so surprising that it deserves another mention. The lanes did not seem to be there for him, although Alfred Morris did have some better results. Elliott did not appear to be hesitant or dancing, though, and simply didn't have the same good looks.
  • Brandon Carr had an interception for the first time 2013. He played textbook man defense on Sterling Shepard and broke on a curl route to snag the turnover.
  • Benson Mayowa had a sack in his Dallas debut. Eli Manning held the ball too long as the Cowboys had the play well covered, giving Mayowa time to get free and bring him down.
  • The Giants had no trouble running the ball right up the middle of the Dallas defense. Terrell McClain had a few good individual stops but for the most part there was little resistance. New York isn't even one of the league's top rushing teams, so the Cowboys will have to figure that out quickly to avoid further domination.


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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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

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BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


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Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."


The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.


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