You can’t execute a week one gameplan much better than the Dallas Cowboys did in their 35-17 win over the Giants. Yes, they are the New York Giants, but aren’t good teams supposed to dominate bad teams? If so, then the Cowboys did exactly as they were supposed to as they roasted their NFC East rival.
They don’t always start off great...the Cowboys offense was dealing with a little miscommunication and the defense was a little too aggressive and forgot to be disciplined in their assignments:
Twas a pretty easy setup for Eli Manning. New York struck first:
Not a great start for the Cowboys. Got the ball first, punted, defense forced a fumble but didn't recover, gave up a 59-yard Saquon Barkley run, allowed Eli TD pass after a Maliek Collins personal foul penalty near goal line.— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 8, 2019
8:06 left in the first quarter: Giants 7, Cowboys 0
Though it was sort of a sluggish beginning, there were definitely a few things taking shape offensively under first-time playcaller, Kellen Moore.
The Cowboys' offense has lined up in at least 6 different formations I'm not used to seeing to this point in the first quarter.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) September 8, 2019
Folks, this is not a drill. The Cowboys have wrinkles:
I can confirm that the cowboys have ran more play-action in the first quarter than they did all of last season combined.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) September 8, 2019
Dak Prescott decided if you want to tie this one up, it’s best to get the “Giant-Killer” Blake Jarwin involved:
That’s the 4th TD for Blake Jarwin in his last 5 quarters against The Giants. Had 3 in week 17 last season— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 8, 2019
It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish; the first quarter came to a close as the Cowboys were in rhythm:
Through two possessions, Dak Prescott is 8 of 12 passing, 98 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 119.4 passer rating.— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 8, 2019
Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb, Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin and Ezekiel Elliott all have at least one catch already.
The Giants next drive was promising as they reach Dallas territory and were facing a 3rd and 1 inside Nick Rosa’s field goal range. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett made an important call that set-up a series of unfortunate events for the visitors:
Jason Garrett getting that timeout in before Cowboys were called for 12 players on the field was big. Cowboys & Leighton Vander Esch then stop Eli Manning on 3rd-and-1, get an intentional grounding & force Giants out of FG range.— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) September 8, 2019
Forcing the punt was huge there for the Cowboys defense as the Cowboys offense and more importantly, Dak Prescott was ready to take flight.
Remember the struggles that Dak had connecting with Michael Gallup in his rookie season?
The demons were exercised on back-to-back gains, the first one was a masterpiece:
Dak Prescott to Michael Gallup looked good in training camp. Cowboys duo connects for 36 and 23 yards on consecutive plays— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) September 8, 2019
Randall Cobb, the Cowboys new receiving weapon wasted no time in showing the difference between he and the departed Cole Beasley:
It wouldn’t feel right without a proper celebration of the G.O.A.T.’s return against the Giants in the end zone. Play-Action for Jason Witten. TOUCHDOWN.
Through three offensive possessions— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 8, 2019
- 14 of 18
- 193 passing yards
- 2 touchdowns
After a quick three-and-out for the Giants, the Cowboys had another possession before the half and they made quick work of it. The flood gates opened up with this beautiful throw to Dak’s top guy, Amari Cooper:
Going back to the first week of Oxnard...— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) September 8, 2019
Kris Richard to Gary Brown: “We a passing team now?!?!”
Gary Brown: pic.twitter.com/LIKpzYIiic
Just like that the Cowboys extend their lead and they have their field general, Dak Prescott, to thank for it.
Dak Prescott’s stats heading into halftime.— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) September 8, 2019
20/26, 256 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 145.6 passer rating.
We will give you all 4 seconds to delete all your negative tweets.
Well this new offense has been fun to watch. Dak has found 7 different receivers in the first half and Amari Cooper gives the #Cowboys another TD with a minute to go in the first half. Jerry currently pic.twitter.com/yMHCjdaMPF— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) September 8, 2019
While we’re handing out congratulations, we can’t forget to give props to the Commander of the offense:
Cowboys fans: Was Kellen Moore a good hire at OC? I hope the offense is fun to watch this year.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) September 8, 2019
The Giants were going to need a shot of life to contend but you can’t match field goals with the Cowboys’ touchdowns. The Giants tried that to start the third quarter but the Cowboys respond.
After Dak Prescott finds Amari Cooper for 45 yards, Randall Cobb finishes this drive with an exclamation point.
That’s four for number four as the Cowboys carved the Giants defense up with ease and precision:
YOU GET A TD, YOU GET A TD, YOU GET A TD, YOU GET A TD! - Dak, probably pic.twitter.com/m812Z8EBL1— Taylor Stern (@TayStern) September 8, 2019
The Giants would make a trip to the red zone but that’s when the Cowboys defense stole their souls after Eli Manning decided to be cute:
Backed up against their own end zone, Dak Prescott finds Michael Gallup who gives them a little bit more room to work with:
Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are both over 100 receiving yards.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 8, 2019
Nothing better than getting immediate returns on your investment, Ezekiel Elliott gave Jerry Jones his:
The third quarter is over with the damage too severe for the Giants to overcome:
End of the third quarter: Cowboys 35, Giants 10— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 8, 2019
Dak Prescott: 24 of 30 passing, 393 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 158.3 passer rating
The New York Giants would score a touchdown just ahead of the two-minute warning as the Cowboys offense called off the dogs. The Giants last possession ends with a fumble, recovered by Chidobe Awuzie and the Cowboys are 1-0 on the season.
A complete dismantling of their NFC East rival Giants is too sweet and Dak Prescott set the franchise record for opening day performances. He also joined some elite company: