Cowboys - Giants Report Card

Vinny Testaverde threw for 891 yards in the first three games combined. On Sunday, he had a season-low 126 yards. In addition to being off target, Testaverde was undone by poor blocking up front.

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Vinny Testaverde threw for 891 yards in the first three games combined. On Sunday, he had a season-low 126 yards. In addition to being off target, Testaverde was undone by poor blocking up front. Tight end Jason Witten led the Cowboys with five catches but also cost the Cowboys a chance at a field goal with a fumble.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C --The Cowboys rushed for a season-high 166 yards, but it wasn't good enough to generate more than 10 points and it wasn't good enough convert a fourth-and-one at the Giants' 5-yard line. Eddie George, who rushed for a season-high 75 yards, was dropped for a two-yard loss on the fourth-and-one attempt.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- Kurt Warner didn't kill the Cowboys, but he was very efficient. He picked on rookie cornerback Jacques Reeves enough to keep the chains moving. And defensive end Greg Ellis' stellar game was offset by a facemask penalty and roughing-the-quarterback penalty that led to 10 points by the Giants.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- The Cowboys contained Tiki Barber for most of the day. But they didn't play four strong quarters, and Barber gashed them for a 58-yard run that led to the go-ahead touchdown. His 122 yards on the day marked the first time the Cowboys defense have given up a 100-yard rusher in six games, dating to last December.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Never mind Reshard Lee's huge return. Keith Davis kept a Giants scoring drive alive with a running-into-the-punter penalty. Billy Cundiff was short on a 51-yard field goal. And punter Matt McBriar's less then sterling season continued with a 37.3 average on three kicks.

COACHING: F -- Cowboys coach Bill Parcells panicked in the fourth quarter and made a bonehead mistake by going for it on fourth down from the Cowboys 43. The Cowboys didn't make it, the Giants turned a 16-10 lead into 19-10 and the Cowboys had no chance to win the game. He should have played field-position football, kicked it deep and set himself up for a game-winning drive. Parcells also gets part of the blame for the team's 11 penalties for 74 yards.

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