The New York Giants can breathe easy for now after their 27-20 victory against their NFC East division rivals the Dallas Cowboys, on Sunday afternoon.
Big Blue for another week will stay atop the NFC East, and for the first time since 2012, will have a winning record going into the month of November.
With all that hoopla now out of the way, it’s time to grade out the G-Men performance in their win against the Cowboys.
The Giants aerial attack against Dallas was not much to talk about. In fact, the overall performance of the Big Blue offense was not something to brag about against the Cowboys defense. There were some good plays for Big Blue in the passing game. Rueben Randle made a great one handed catch for 44 yards, that got the Giants out of their end zone and led to a field goal. Dwayne Harris also had a nice 38 yard run and catch that also led to a Big Blue field goal at the end of the first half. Quarterback Eli Manning only throw for 170 yards and completed a season low 13 passes. Manning was only sacked though 2 times, which showed that the Big Blue offense line played better upfront this week. Overall not bad in the passing game, but just average.
Today the Giants saw what they hoped was a sign that their running game is getting to the next level. The G-Men rushed for a season high 132 yards in the game. It was a collective effort by all four Giants running backs in the running game against Dallas. In fact Shane Vereen only rushed for a team high 56 yards. The main guy though that stood out for the Giants running the football vs the Cowboys, was a surprisingly, Orleans Darkwa. Darkwa rushed for 41 yards on Big Blue’s first scoring drive of the game, that gave them a 7-3 lead at the time. Crazy enough, Darkwa touchdown was the only touchdown that the Giants offense scored in the game, when it was all said and done. It was big day on the ground for the G-Men and hopefully will jump start it going forward this season.
When your secondary gets three interception in a game, it likely means your team’s passing defense played pretty well. The Giants passing defense played outstanding. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie showed he is still one of the best corners in the league, with his two interception game. The Cowboys passing attack in total, only accounted for 227 yards through the air. The Giants pass rush was able to get 2 sacks in the game, but again at times was nowhere to be seen. Also there were again mistakes made in the Big Blue secondary. Biggest one being Devin Streets touchdown catch that tied the game at 20-20 in the fourth quarter. Solid performance for the defense in the passing game, but still have areas to improve on.
The Giants defense were one of the best teams defending the run coming into their game vs Dallas. After the game, not so much. The G-Men defense allowed the Cowboys offense to rack up 233 yards on the ground. Running Back Darren McFadden rushed for over 100 yards for the first time since 2008. He pounded out 152 yards rushing on the ground overall in the game. Big D offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage most of the game and was the reason why Dallas doubled New York in time of possession. In a game where you knew that the only way the Cowboys could win was if they can could run the football well, the Giants didn’t seem like they did a good job planning to stop it. They buckled down at the end to get the win, but Big Blue defense had a bad game defending run.
At the end of the day, the Giants won this game because of the big plays they made on special teams. Harris ran one back to the house for 100 yards on the kickoff return for a touchdown that gave Big Blue the 27-20 lead. Myles White fumble recovery later on the muffed punt by Cowboys returner Cole Beasley, sealed the game for Big Blue. Punter Brad Wiig was good all game and kicker Josh Brown, was perfect in the kicking game. The Giants won the special teams battle and that’s why they won the game!
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, showed why he is a hall of fame coach. He prepared his team well for this game, and that helped the G-Men come through with the win against Dallas. When your team makes big plays on special teams, forces 4 turnovers and doesn’t commit a turnover, it’s a reflection of great coaching. Coughlin coached a great game and earned his 100th career victory as a head coach for the New York Giants.
Those are your final grades for the Giants week seven win against the Cowboys. Big Blue improved to 4-3 on the season and stopped their five game losing streak to Dallas.
Giants will travel down to Louisiana to play the New Orleans Saints in Week 8. Game time is set for 1 p.m.