PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Drew Bledsoe passed for 17 yards in the first half and had just 98 yards passing going into the final, futile drive. He was sacked four times in the game and threw two interceptions. He also had a fumble after a sack. He played poorly, but so did the offensive line, which was manhandled up front.
RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- The Cowboys still have not had a running back gain
100 yards in a game. They have rushed for less than 100 yards as a team in
three of the past four games. RB Julius Jones rushed 23 times for 74 yards
against the Giants. Again blocking woes were the biggest problem.
PASS DEFENSE: A -- The Cowboys confused QB Eli Manning into a 27.9
quarterback rating. He completed just 12 of 31 passes for 152 yards. He was
also intercepted twice by CB Aaron Glenn.
RUSH DEFENSE: C -- The Giants rushed 34 times for 127 yards, including 30
for 115 yards by RB Tiki Barber. Barber averaged 3.8 yards per carry and
had a long of 27 yards to help the Giants control the time of possession.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Never mind his 39.1 net punting average, it wasn't a
great day for P Mat McBriar. The coverage units were solid. Terrence Newman
had a 26-yard punt return. Tyson Thompson struggled on kickoff returns with
an average of 16.5 on four returns.
COACHING: D -- The Cowboys were no-shows on offense in what was the
biggest game of the season. They had a chance to take control of the NFC
East. Now they are in a wild scramble for one of two playoffs spots while
riding a two-game losing streak.
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