Game Recap: Cowboys win 4th straight as Elliott, defense pummel Giants 44-20- K.D. Drummond, Cowboys Wire
The Cowboys keep their winning streak alive with a dominant performance against their division rival.
Kellen Moore’s offense once again rolled, compiling 515 yards of total offense. Dan Quinn’s defense, not to be outdone, scored once again and record two turnovers for their fifth-straight game in 2021. The Dallas defense has a streak of 9 straight going back to last season, the longest streak in the league since 2010.
Trevon Diggs came through with the first, then late in the fourth quarter Anthony Brown sealed the game with a Pick-6 of backup Mike Glennon.
Dallas was committed to the run once again, striking in the passing game when necessary but deciding that bludgeoning the Giants’ defense into submission was the best plan for the day. For the fourth-straight game Dallas gained over 150 yards on the ground, this time 201, as Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard once again looked like an unstoppable storm of crackling thunder and electric lightning.
Elliott finished with 112 total yards and two scores.
One year after his season-ending injury, Dak Prescott blessed and grateful- Charean Williams, ProFootballTalk
When the Cowboys hosted the Giants in week five nearly a year ago, Dak suffered a season-ending ankle injury. 364 days later, Prescott is simply grateful for the opportunity.
“As much as I’ve tried to put off, as much as I’ve tried to not think about it, I think it just naturally does [enter your mind], yeah, and it’s in the back of your head unconsciously or not,” Prescott said after the Cowboys’ victory over the Giants. “I would say I didn’t quite feel as energetic or as myself early in the game, and I don’t know if that played a part in it or not, but yeah, once I threw that touchdown to CeeDee [Lamb] is kind of when I started rolling and got in a groove. I don’t know if it was that or not.
“I’m grateful. I’m grateful to be, as you said, almost a year past this thing, but I’m thankful for just the way I’ve grown and everything. It’s allowed me to learn about myself and the support that I’ve had through it all. I’m just blessed and grateful.”
Prescott threw an interception and lost a fumble on two of the Cowboys’ first three drives, but he finished 22-of-32 for 302 yards with three touchdowns in Dallas’ 44-20 thrashing of the Giants.
This is the Cowboys' best start to the season since 2016. The same year Dallas finished with a 13-3 record.
Cowboys defensive back Trevon Diggs made his sixth interception in five games this season on a deep pass from Glennon in the third quarter. Anthony Brown capped off the Cowboys’ scoring, intercepting a Glennon pass and going 45 yards for the touchdown in the final seconds of the game.
Elliott finished with 110 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving).
Just like 2016
The Dallas Cowboys started the 2016 regular season with a loss before reeling off 11 straight wins with Prescott and Elliott bursting onto the national scene.
This year, the Cowboys dropped their season opener at Tampa Bay and have now won four straight games. Dallas will play at New England next week for a 3:25 p.m. CT kickoff on CBS.
In a game where the Cowboys scored 44 points, there are a plethora of noteworthy plays. Here are a few that defined Dallas’ victory.
Taking advantage of the dropped pick – Late in the first half, the Cowboys and Giants were tied 10-10 but the offense answered the bell with a touchdown. But there was a pass Dak threw that nearly was picked off by James Bradberry, who jumped to the route to Noah Brown. But the incomplete pass set up second down and Dak came back to hit Amari Cooper on a 24-yard touchdown pass to take the lead 17-10 at halftime.
Cox tackle on Daniel Jones – The irony of the play Jabril Cox made to run down Daniel Jones by the goal line was not lost. Cox is a player on the field now after Jaylon Smith’s release. Cox showed the obvious speed upgrade in the way he chased down Jones at the 1. But more than that, Jones was tackled head-first to the turf and suffered a concussion that proved to be his final play of the game. Backup Mike Glennon filled in and while the Giants scored two more touchdowns, he threw two interceptions – one returned for a touchdown.
Biadasz recovers Pollard fumble – It was an interesting day for center Tyler Biadasz, especially with some of his errant shotgun snaps. But his alertness late in the third quarter saved a chance to get three points. The Cowboys led 24-13 but Tony Pollard fumbled the ball on third down, only to have Biadasz recover it at the 20. Greg Zuerlein hit the field goal on the next play to give Dallas a 14-point lead.
It has become clear the Cowboys are the class of the NFC East. But the division could be clinched before December.
This year, the Cowboys have an embarrassment of riches in various position groups, including wide receiver and linebacker. CeeDee Lamb has set the NFL aflame, streaking downfield opposite Amari Cooper for impressive touchdowns week after week. The Jaylon Smith cut made the Cowboys’ depth at the position apparent, something the Smith cut clarified is not the case for many teams in the NFL.
With 17 regular season games, the division winners will look a little different this year. If the Cowboys only afforded four losses, they would still finish with 13 wins, a ratio that would likely clinch the division.
While the rest of the NFC East teams flounder as they did last year, the Cowboys have proven that they were one player away from a playoff berth. Who knows — the Cowboys could be resting their starters long before Week 17.
Trevon Diggs is beginning to draw some rather lofty comparisons after his sixth straight game with an interception.
Without a doubt, he’s the best cornerback in the NFL right now. He might even be better than that, with guys like Richard Sherman tweeting out that Diggs is the favorite to be the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Of course, we’re still a little more than a quarter of the way through the season, but for Diggs to have six interceptions in five games is just something I’ve never seen before – ever.
I can’t believe I’m about to say this or write this, but it’s got to be true. I haven’t seen a Dallas cornerback play like this since Deion Sanders, who actually never had more than five picks in a season with the Cowboys.
But it’s just more than picking off passes with Diggs. What he’s doing is carrying the defense because he’s able to clean up any kind of mess that’s out there.
When is the last time we’ve seen a real playmaker like this? I would say Deion but even he didn’t make these plays, mainly because teams weren’t throwing the ball to him as much.
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