The Dallas Cowboys answered a lot of questions about their 2017 defense on NFL Sunday Night Football as they proceeded to clobber the New York Giants. The Cowboys held the Eli Manning and the Giants to 3 points.
Rod Marinelli and Matt Eberflus left the contest with huge smiles on their faces as the defense was fully engaged in the contest. The improvements to the front seven reared it beastly head as DeMarcus Lawrence has come back to life.
D-Law provided 2 sacks and a couple of dandy tackles in the backfield. Lawrence made his way into the backfield to clobber Manning on several occasions, proving he is back to his old self.
Charles Tapper added a sack of his own to Eli Manning’s record. Benson Mayowa had a decent evening himself applying constant pressure and helping to wear away the Giants offensive line.
The interior of the Dallas defensive line was a pleasure to watch. Maliek Collins, Stephen Paea, and Tyrone Crawford kept the middle lanes plugged up all night, shutting down any rushing the Giants had schemed for them.
Sean Lee was in beast mode, leading the team with 8 tackles and he wasn’t alone. In his NFL debut Jaylon Smith proved seven tackles of his own. This is going to be an epic group of linebackers. It goes to show the wisdom of the Cowboys, who drafted him in the second round last year, knowing fully well he would not take the field in 2016. When the Cowboys play only two linebackers, these two regulators are on guard and totally capable of punishing ball carriers.
Orlando Scandrick started out hot, leading the secondary until he fractured his hand early in the first half. It is unsure how much time he will miss at this point.
When I watched Anthony Brown in training camp last year, I knew he was someone special. The second year veteran stepped in to replace Scandrick. To fill Brown’s shoes, the Cowboys installed rookie Chidobe Awuzie. Awuzie, like Brown, was completely up to the task. Brown had a nice interception at mid-field to squash any thoughts of a Giant’s comeback.
Byron Jones and Jeff Heath played as well as they needed to and didn’t make any mental errors.
Chris Jones continued his talent of pinning the Giants inside the ten yard line when he was called upon to punt.
Dan Bailey was 4-4 on field goals. AUTOMATIC! Bailey accounted for 13 of the Cowboys 19 points.
Ezekiel Elliott continued his march to lead all rushers for the second season with a 104 yards on 24 carries. Zeke added 5 catches for 36 yards.
Dak missed Dez on three consecutive end zone passes, throwing the ball too high. Dak Prescott wasn’t perfect, but he was good enough to maintain perfect ball control.
“Iron Man” Jason Witten continued to feast on the Giants’ linebackers and safeties. On his second catch of the game Jason surpassed Michael Irvin’s record for All-Time Receiving yards in a Dallas uniform.
Cole Beasley made on the finest receptions I have ever seen. Odell Beckham has nothing on Cole. Beasley picked a bobbled pass off the back of his helmet with one hand and kept his feet cleverly in-bounds!
Terrance Williams suffered an ankle sprain on the second play of the game; however, TWill came back into the game to provide some added flash and a couple of badly needed first downs.
The offensive line was everything advertised. Chaz Green and La’el Collins did not miss a beat as replacements for Ronald Leary and Doug Free. With the way Collins was able to clobber Jason Pierre Paul evening, he has shown the ability to make this o-line better than last year.
The Cowboys offense made this game seem a lot closer than it was. Hopefully, they have knocked the rust off for next week’s game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. Where they fully intend to clobber the Broncos.