NFL, Week 3 – Cowboys end Giants streak

Duel in the NFC East division to close the 3th daytime. Still without Dak Prescott, the Cowboys relied on a dominant ground game and a very solid defense to beat the Giants in New York.

The movie of the game

Q1Q2Q3Q4Final score
Giants (2-1)0310316
Cowboys (2-1)3371023

In front of their public, Daniel Jones and the Giants start better. Despite a sack from DeMarcus Lawrence, Daniel Jones and the attack sign a good drive. Alas, the field-goal attempt is countered by Dorance Armstrong. The Cowboys try to start their match, with a long win from Noah Brown, which leads to a successful field-goal for the opener (0-3).

The defenses are holding up, and that’s still the case for the Cowboys, notably with a sack from Armstrong. This time, Graham Gano passes his kick from 42 yards to equalize (3-3). A long run from Tony Pollard sounded the charge and brought Dallas to the redzone, but once again the attack had to settle for a field-goal (3-6). The Cowboys end the first half better but fail to widen the gap.

Better income after the break, the Giants accelerate. Daniel Jones wins several 1st downs with his legs, but the result is always the same with a field-goal from 51 yards (6-6). The difference will finally be made by Saquon Barkley on a nice run of 36 yards. The RB makes its speed speak and takes advantage of good blocks to score the first touchdown of the game (13-6). Dallas responds in late 3th quarter with a nice possession, which leads to a short touchdown from Ezekiel Elliott (13-13).

The Cowboys then regain control of the match and a superb reception from CeeDee Lamb gives them the advantage in the 4th quarter (20-13). They go on and break with a new field-goal from Brett Maher (13-23). The Giants reduce the gap a little with a third kick from Gano (16-23), but an interception by Trevon Diggs on Daniel Jones puts an end to New Yorkers’ hopes.

The Dallas defense does the job. Cooper Rush delivers.

On the sidelines of this match, Dak Prescott said he might be able to play again next week. Good news to be confirmed, of course, but which should give hope to Dallas fans. Because in the absence of QB number 1, the objective of the franchise was to limit the breakage. And so far, the Cowboys have won their two games with Cooper Rush.

The backup QB was solid last week against Cincinnati, and he was good again yesterday. Author of 215 yards and 1 nice touchdown pass for CeeDee Lamb, he was particularly successful in 2th half time. We must also pay tribute to the coaches, who play the right game to put him at ease. Yesterday, the ground game helped, with 178 total yards (105 for Pollard, 73 for Elliott), which took a lot of pressure off the QB.

The other point that was important in Dallas’ two wins is defense. The pass-rush took full advantage of the weaknesses of the Giants offensive line, with a total of 5 sacks on Daniel Jones, including 3 for DeMarcus Lawrence.

Saquon Barkley confirms his return to form

First loss of the season for the Giants, who had no answer to stop the Cowboys’ ground game in 2th half-time, and who failed to materialize their possessions. Daniel Jones wasn’t bad per se, but he was under too much pressure to be comfortable.

On the other hand, the return to the top of Saquon Barkley is confirmed, to the delight of New York fans and American football in general. Yesterday, he gained 81 yards on 14 carries, with a very nice 36-yard touchdown, and he also added 4 receptions for 45 yards. After 3 days, he displays 317 yards and points to the 2th place in the NFL behind only Nick Chubb (341). Barkley has mostly found the qualities that make him dangerous, namely explosiveness, agility and the ability to gain difficult yards.

Saquon Barkley vs Cowboys
Saquon Barkley seems to be 100% back (photo: The Comeback)

Match stats

New York GiantsDallas Cowboys
Daniel Jones20/37, 196 yards, 1 INTCooper Rush21/31, 215 yards, 1 TD
Saquon Barkley14 carries, 81 yards, 1 TDTony Pollard13 carries, 105 yards
Sterling Shepard5 receptions, 49 yardsCee Dee Lamb8 receptions, 87 yards, 1 TD
Saquon Barkley4 receptions, 45 yardsNoah Brown5 receptions, 54 yards

The next meetings

Another game against an NFC East rival awaits Dallas next week at home to the Commanders. Then, two perilous trips await the Cowboys, to the Rams and then to Philadelphia. Dak Prescott is expected to return for one of those encounters.

The Giants are staying at MetLife Stadium for the next game against the Bears, then they’ll fly to London to face the Packers in the NFL International Series.

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