Not even a slow start, or a black cat running on the field of MetLife Stadium could prevent the Dallas Cowboys from earning their sixth straight victory over their NFC East foe New York Giants, 37-18 on Monday night. Despite the lopsided score, the game was actually close going into the 4th quarter, before a Dak Prescott 45-TD pass to Amari Cooper put the game out of reach.
America’s Team improves to (5-3) on the season, retaining a half game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. A lingering problem for Big D is their tortoise like starts, Monday night was no exception. On the night’s first play, Prescott threw an interception inside the Cowboys 10 yard line, however the Giants red zone offense was terrible.
New York had five trips in the red zone, yet managed only a single TD while settling for four field goals. The Cowboys defense was nasty, forcing three turnovers, sacking Giants QB Daniel Jones five times.
The turning point of the night occurred during the warning minutes of the first half. Trailing 12-3, Prescott escaped a swarming G-man pass rush, extending the play with his mobility he threw a short pass to tight end Blake Jarwin. Jarwin blazed down the field for a crucial touchdown.
Prescott threw for 257 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, while Running Back Ezekiel Elliot dashed through gaping holes en route to 139 yards. Cowboys counterparts Giants Daniel Jones completed 26 of his 41 passes for 210 yards, a touchdown and a pick on the night. Giants Running Back Saquan Barkley had 95 yards from scrimmage, most of those yards coming on a screen pass, Barkley displayed his lightning quick speed in the open field for 65 yards on the play.
The play of the night was on a crucial third down. From the Giants 31 yard line, Prescott threw a pass to Wide Receiver Michael Gallup, who ran down the sidelines, jumping over the Giants defender landing on one foot, bunny hopping over the pylon, for a TD. Making it 23-15 in favor of the Cowboys. Dallas has won 44 games in a row when leading by seven or more points entering the 4th quarter.
The next few weeks will tell us more about the Cowboys. Continuing their primetime run, the Minnesota Vikings visit next Sunday night, followed by a matchup against the Detroit Lions, the shockingly good Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots.