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Giants’ Defense Too Much For Prescott And Cowboys

Giants bring strong defensive pressure and beat Cowboys ARTURO PARDAVILA III VIA FLICKR


Cowboys’ Offense Struggles With Defensive Pressure From Giants

Sunday Night Football was a nightmare for both offenses involved. The pressure of the Giants‘ pass rush was the reason they were able to sweep Dallas this season, handing them their only two losses so far. Outside of big touchdown plays to Terrance Williams and Odell Beckham, it was a low scoring, physical, and defensive game. Knowing these two offenses and what they’ve accomplished this year on that side of the ball, it was quite odd to see such a dominant defensive performance from both sides.

After losing to the Giants in week one, analysts and fans figured the Cowboys were going to look a lot different and possibly come away with a win in New York. Ezekiel Elliott had a great game on the ground, but Dak Prescott played like a true rookie Sunday night. The Giants seem to have this offense figured out and they were able to slow the Dallas passing attack all game long.

Dak Prescott was held to just 165 yards while completing 17 out of 37 pass attempts. He hit Williams on a great play fake for a 31 yard touchdown early in the game. What stood out the rest of the game was the turnovers. Prescott threw two interceptions and fumbled against the Giants. This was Prescott’s first multi-interception game of his young career. It’s never easy playing in New York and the Giants made it a priority to come after Prescott often. The defensive pressure was felt every play and Prescott’s game was shaken.

What has helped Prescott develop as a player is his athletic ability. He only gained one yard on the ground Sunday night. The Giants collapsed the pocket and contained Prescott. By forcing the rookie to stay in the pocket, the Giants put him in many tough situations. The goal was clearly to force Dak to make great throws in tight windows and it worked beautifully. Dak’s average yards per attempt was just 4.5. He was forced to take the short gains and make the easy throws underneath.

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The Cowboys are still 11-2 and atop the NFC. It’s still a big deal that they have lost twice to this Giants team and nearly lost to a strong Vikings team as well. The last two games have been tough road games for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott struggled the last two match ups against playoff caliber defenses on the road. This stands out to me because it shows how important home field will be for Dallas. Their rookie quarterback has looked inconsistent and has struggled on the road against strong defenses. His play has to be of some concern going forward this season and in the post season.

With strong defensive pressure and great secondary coverage, the Giants were once again able to defeat the Cowboys. The final score was 10-7 and the Giants stopped the Cowboys‘ offense twice in the final three minutes. They were able to take away Dez Bryant from the Cowboys‘ offense and force Dak Prescott to make great throws. The Cowboys now have two losses on the season, both have come from the Giants.