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Early National Reactions To Cowboys' 31-21 Win Over Giants: The Joy Of Six

Early national headlines following the Cowboys' win over the visiting New York Giants that gives the Cowboys the best record in the league at 6-1.

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Cowboys rise to greater heights -
The Cowboys keep improving on their 2014 season, becoming the first team to hit six wins and looking like the best team in football, per Will Brinson.

The Dallas Cowboys are an incredibly well-balanced football team playing smart, efficient offense and greatly exceeding their defensive expectations through maximizing effort and minimizing time spent on the field.

But that doesn't make it any less weird writing it.

Which is what makes the defense so impressive: they're not great and maybe not even good. But they're flying to the ball right now and completely snuffed out the Giants running game. New York has a nice offensive line and Andre Williams is a bruiser but Dallas held the Giants to 104 net rushing yards. That's a week after holding Seattle to 80 net rushing yards. This defense is playing well.

Cowboys' Murray sets record with 7th-straight 100-yard game -
Murray now owns the NFL record for 100-yard rushing games to start the season with seven. Note that last year, LeSean McCoy led the league in 100-yard rushing games with - you guessed it - seven.

DeMarco Murray casually runs into history in win over Giants | New York Post
"Casually." LOL.

Cowboys ride 'Big Three' to sixth consecutive victory -
DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant combined for almost 280 offensive yards as the Cowboys rolled the Giants on Sunday.

The Cowboys won because their Big Three -- Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant -- looked like the three best players on the field. Bryant couldn't be covered in the second half, piling up 136 yards on seven catches in the final two quarters.

There aren't many quarterbacks playing better than Tony Romo right now. Romo has posted a passer rating of 110.0 or higher in four of the past five weeks and is moving around in the pocket well enough to make you forget about those back surgeries.

Cowboys new 'Triplets' leading NFL's best offense - Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys, with DeMarco Murray, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, have a dominant offense reminiscent of the championship teams of the 1990s, JJT notes.

The Cowboys have the NFL’s best offense. Yes, the Cowboys’ offense is better than Peyton Manning's show in Denver. It’s better than Andrew Luck's offense in Indianapolis. It’s better than Drew Brees' offense in New Orleans or Aaron Rodgers’ offense in Green Bay.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo didn't throw an incompletion in second half? 'No [bleeping] way,' says Giants CB |
Romo completed all nine of his pass attempts for 146 yards and two touchdowns (seven completions went to Dez Bryant) in the second half. That didn't set well with the Giants.

"No [bleeping] way. I didn't know that," cornerback Prince Amukamara said. "Heck, yeah [it's frustrating]. It's definitely taking a shot at our DBs as a whole. Definitely take it personally. You can't let a quarterback do that."

"Good for him," defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said. "He's a great quarterback. What can you say about that? It doesn't surprise me at all. He did what he had to do to win. Gotta give him some respect."

Heavily criticized 2013 draft class coming up big for Dallas Cowboys - Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas
Travis Frederick, Terrance Williams and Gavin Escobar have been key in the Dallas Cowboys' 6-1 start, MacMahon observes.

Remember what a fool Jerry Jones was during the first two days of the 2013 draft? The Dallas Cowboys’ doofus of an owner/general manager got fleeced by the San Francisco 49ers in a first-round trade-down deal, reached for a midround-graded center late in the first round and selected a soft, small-school tight end in the second round.

Hindsight being 20/20, Jones and his Valley Ranch advisory committee put together a heck of a draft class.

Cowboys keep validating with sixth win in a row - USA Today
Jim Corbett concludes that the Cowboys are legitimate NFC contenders, and also draws parallels to the 90s Cowboys teams.

It's a simple, proven formula straight from the early 1990s of Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin: Pound Murray behind an offensive line studded by three first-round picks since 2011 and open the throwing lanes wide for quarterback Tony Romo to pinpoint his targets downfield off play-action.

"In the offseason, coach (Jason) Garrett stressed this and it's the way we've evolved," tight end Jason Witten said. "Everything comes off that running game. Now we just have to keep it going."

Giants vs. Cowboys: 3 things we learned from yet another Dallas win -
One of the three things Louis Bien learned: The Cowboys' offense is ridiculously deep.

Dez Bryant is the Cowboys' leading receiver by receptions and yards, but it's Terrance Williams who leads the team in touchdown receptions with six. Jason Witten is the Cowboys' leading tight end, but he has just one touchdown reception to Gavin Escobar's three. Escobar caught two scores Sunday. The Cowboys have enormous receivers across the board, and can get unexpected production from the likes of Escobar, Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle and Dwayne Harris on a weekly basis. That depth of talent makes Dallas' offense perhaps the most dangerous in the league right now.

Giants castaway Mike Pope gets game ball for coaching Cowboys tight ends to big day |
Pope, fired by Tom Coughlin in a surprise move last winter after 23 years as the Giants tight ends coach, got a game ball from new boss Jason Garrett after the Cowboys’ victory over his old team in Dallas, because Pope's two tight ends came up big on Sunday.

Witten made a clutch third-down catch to move the chains during a second-quarter drive that ended with a Cowboys' touchdown that made it 14-14. A second-year pro, Escobar put on a show, catching a career-best three passes for 65 yards and two scores, the second a brilliant 26-yarder in the third quarter that put the Cowboys ahead for good.

"I couldn't believe all those collisions that (Escobar) had ... and those soft, pillow powder puff hands," Jones said. "That ball just disappears in them. We've got some of the best hands I've ever seen."

Snap Judgments from Week 7 |
Don Banks summarizes the Cowboys’ "conquest of the visiting Giants."

It’s getting almost boring in Dallas. DeMarco Murray runs for 100-plus yards, Dez Bryant makes a bunch of key plays, Tony Romo takes good care of the football and the Dallas defense holds up far better than anyone ever dreamed.

National predictions: Cowboys could win 10 games or three | Dallas Morning News
The venerable DMN engages in a little bit or trolling, and looks at a sampling of national predictions for the Cowboys 2014 record. Funny stuff.

Win probability Cowboys - Giants - Advanced Football Analytics
The Giants briefly had a chance around halftime, but it all went downhill from there.

Win probability DAL NYG

These New York Giants are clearly not contenders - ESPN New York
Our old NFC East friend Dan Graziano writes that the Giants are not a terrible team, but they're not a contender either.

Instead they're a rebuilding team that doesn't have the pieces to hang with top teams. The Cowboys' offensive skill-position players Sunday around quarterback Tony Romo included Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Terrance Williams, Jason Witten and emerging tight end Gavin Escobar. Their opposite numbers on the Giants were Rueben Randle, Andre Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells. Size those groups up against each other and there's no reason to believe the game should have been close. That Giants' core has talent and promise, but no neutral observer could think it compares to the Cowboys' offensive personnel at this stage in the careers of the people on those lists.

2015 Mock Draft -
Way too early for mock drafts, especially because we are going to be busy with other things in January. But the interesting thing with these mocks is to see where the Cowboys are picking, and what it means. In Dane Brugler's latest mock, the Cowboys lose to the Broncos in the Super Bowl (and pick a defensive tackle).

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