Each Monday we will take a look at the numbers behind the Cowboy’s game the previous day. Check out the math that added up to Dallas dismantling the New York Giants this past Sunday night.
187– Total amount of yards the Giants offense accumulated going into the final meaningless drive of the game. The Cowboys pretty much chocked the life out of the Giants offense for all but 1 possession; the opening possesion of the 2nd half where New York went on a 10+ play drive spanning almost 10 minutes that ended with a sack by Tapper resulting in a FG.
2.9– Yard per carry from the Giants that totaled to 35 rushing yards. Albeit it is the Giants run game (or lack thereof) Dallas carried over its #1 ranked rushing defense from 2016 into the start of this season. Lead by Sean Lee the front 7 suffocated any attempt for New York to get going on the ground.
8– Speaking of Sean Lee, he led the team in tackles with 8 followed by Jalyon Smith with 7. Lee by himself was a machine, reading plays and disrupting them at will. His partner also had one hell of a debut in Jaylon Smith. He was second on the team in tackles and forced a fumble on a crushing hit to Sterling Sheppard. With Jaylon seemingly getting better each outing, this duo has the potential to be special, RIGHT NOW.
53%– Conversion percentage on 3rd down for Dallas going 8/15 on the night. The last time these 2 teams met up Dallas had one of its worst 3rd down performances of the year going 1-15. It was vital for Dallas to stick to its philosophy of grinding and controlling the game, in order to do that they had to be efficient on 3rd down. On the flip side Dallas had to get off the field while on defense, and they did that a lot. New York converted on only four 3rd downs out of 12 all night. The most stunning stat being only 2 first downs the entire first half.
140– Total number of yards RB Ezekiel Elliot had on the night. In the words of Tupac, “all eyes on me”. That was the feeling for Zeke heading into week 1. Everyone was watching to see how he would respond to his ongoing controversy with the NFL. He showed why he is a special back. He routinely turns losses into gains, short gains into quality runs, and was effective catching the ball out the backfield. Giants Head Coach Ben MaCadoo infamously stated before the game
“All backs run the same when there is nowhere to run”
That couldn’t have been further from the truth on Sunday night. Without getting into the end zone, Zeke was a difference maker in every sense of the word. If he indeed does play the entire year, Dallas will once again be a load to deal with on offense.
34:14– Total time of possession for the Dallas Cowboys. At one point the offense was on pace to run 90 plays for the night – mostly due to the dominating first half of football where the Giants could only tally 2 first downs. Time of possession is often a hot topic in and out of Cowboys Nation, but there is no denying the philosophy to control the ball and clock has had a resounding effect on the Cowboys in a positive way over the last 4 seasons.