Two weeks ago on national television, the Dallas Cowboys were embarrassed by the New Orleans Saints. Having a bye week to think about things, the Cowboys watched as the Philadelphia Eagles took over the NFC East lead. On Sunday, they faced a New York Giants team who had won four straight games after starting the season 0-6.
In Week 1, the Cowboys took advantage of six Giants turnovers en route to a 36-31 win at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. In the Meadowlands, the Cowboys weren’t fortunate to get six turnovers, but they did take advantage of the miscues by the G-men.
The Giants had two trips inside the red zone and could only muster up two field goals. The Cowboys’ first score came on another Giants turnover. Victor Cruz had the ball stripped out of his hands near midfield, and it landed right into the outstretched arms of Jeff Heath. Heath ran untouched to the end zone to give the Cowboys the lead.
The Giants are going to kick themselves when they watch the game film on Monday. Although Eli Manning didn’t have his best game against the Cowboys, the Giants ran the ball effectively. New York picked up 202 yards on the ground against the injury-depleted Cowboys, averaging 6.7 yards per rush. However, they committed 11 penalties for 81 yards. Some of them were costly too as they kept drives alive for the visiting Cowboys, or they stalled drives when they were moving.
The Giants had a chance to put themselves into the playoff picture, but with only five games left, it’s all but over now. With the win, Dallas moves into a tie with Philly in the standings, but they hold the tie-breaker right now because they defeated the Eagles earlier in the year. The way it’s shaping up right now, the Cowboys could be playing for the division title in the last week of the season for the third straight year.