Quick Hits From Cowboys-Giants Defensive Slug Fest

Notes from Cowboys' 19-3 win over the Giants

Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) breaks a tackled by New York Giants defensive end Romeo Okwara (78) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

-While the offense wasn’t great, it did enough to stay balanced and move the ball. The real credit has to go to the Giants defense, it is the real deal folks. That is an elite defense in New York.

-The difference in this game compared to the other two from last year was the experience of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. I will most certainly study the all-22 to get a better idea but just from the eye test, you can tell having that experience made a huge difference. Dak’s ability to make pre-snap and post-snap adjustments were key while Zeke’s patience and talent turned 1 or 2-yard gains into 3 or 4-yard gains and continually just wore down their defense.

-In regards to Prescott, he had moments where he was erratic. Some of it was New York’s defense, some of it was him but it isn’t anything to panic about. He did miss Dez for a touchdown on a slant and I’m sure he is going to want that one back. But the experience showed in moments he had to make a play to move the ball.

-I’m this far in and haven’t mentioned the defense, wow. They look FAST and FURIOUS – the pass rush was all over Eli all game and the backers were explosive. The secondary was phenomenal even in the absence of Scandrick. Now sure we have to take into consideration the Giants’ offense isn’t that good, but it is not like the Cowboys will be playing world-beating offenses over the next 3 weeks (Denver, Arizona w/o David Johnson and LA Rams).

Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) intercepts a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis (18) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

– Jaylon Smith ladies and gentleman. Wow, did he look good! For his first action, he was flying to the ball and moved a lot better laterally than I have seen him do all offseason. He brings the wood too, the forced fumble was an excellent tag team execution by Lee and Smith. As the season goes on, those two will be a formidable pair, and when Hitchens gets back will be the deepest in the NFC EAST.

-I know Demarcus Lawrence deserves the most credit on the defense, but I want to acknowledge my two favorite standouts on that side of the ball: Anthony Brown and Charles Tapper.

-Brown was lights out and shut down anything on his side, allowing 1 reception on 6 targets with 1 INT. He is picking up where he left off and if Scandrick has to miss time, Brown allows Dallas fans to breathe a little easier.

-Charles Tapper’s speed is REAL folks. His get off was too much for the Giants’ tackles at times, and it showed during his sack. He also had some pressures caused by his speed. This pass rush should only improve with the return of Moore in 2 weeks and Irving in Week 5.

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