4:25 pm - Giants at Cowboys
lose to the Cowboys 31-21.
Eli Manning was 21 of 33 for 248 yards and 3 TDs
and had 1 run for 11 yards.
Andre Williams rushed for 51 yards on 18 carries.
Hillis rushed for 29 yards on 6 carries and caught 1 pass for 4 yards.
Donnell caught 7 passes for 90 yards and had 2 fumbles.
Randle caught 6 passes for 74 yards.
Beckham Jr. caught 4 passes for 34 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 13 yards
on 1 carry.
Daniel Fells caught 1 pass for 27 yards and 1 TD.
Parker caught 2 passes for 19 yards.
Pierre-Paul had two sacks.
Prince Amukamara had 1 interception.
"The Giants couldn't
do it today, but they sure looked like a lot better team than they were last week.
I'd say that the Cowboys had to earn this one, that is up until the Giants gave
the game away in the fourth quarter. Trailing by seven Larry Donnell made a great
catch and then trying to ensure a first down he fumbled the ball away.
allowed the Cowboys to have great field position to score and they went up 28-14.
Donnell made amends on the next series with two nice receptions. Coupled with
that, Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. kept things going with their catches
that included the one that Beckham caught for a touchdown.
That closed the
gap to 7, but the Giants defense couldn't slow Tony Romo using DeMarco Murray
and Dez Bryant enough to keep them out of field goal range to put the game out
of reach with a 31-21 lead.
The Giants had just about a minute left with no
time-outs so this game was about over. Eli Manning connected with Donnell for
13 yards and then again for six when Donnell fumbled the ball away once again.
It didn't really matter at this point, but I really felt bad for Donnell having
that and the other happen and having to remember it for the next two weeks before
the Giants get to play again coming off their bye week.
The Giants didn't
score at all last week and in this game they had the lead at one point in the
first half. That was something to feel good about even with the Cowboys tying
things up 14-14 at the half. At the end, Manning had thrown for 3 touchdowns and
had no interceptions. Even though the Cowboys were able to stuff the run, they
couldn't get past the offensive line for a sack and Manning even had an eleven
yard run. I'd say he did all he could working without a running game, and we'll
have to hope that Rashad Jennings makes it back for the next game against the
Colts. Jennings seems to be able to make more out of nothing."
"Larry Donnell is a mystery man at this point. He became the Giants leading
receiver in this game by catching all 7 passes thrown his way for 90 yards, but
then again he also fumbled two away to the opposition. The first one gave the
ball to the Cowboys on the Giants 27-yard line and a few plays later they scored.
The Giants had a 28-14 fourth quarter hole to climb out of and the offense actually
cut the lead to seven points before they stalled once again with a costly mistake.
Rookie Andre Williams, in his first start, ran the ball 18 times for 51 yards
and four of those went for 6, 6, 9 and 22 yards. What does that tell you about
the other 14? Do the math or let me just tell you that 14 running plays resulted
in only 8 yards gained. It makes almost no sense and this is not some kind of
new math. There were a few minus and zero yardage plays and it all adds up to
no running game for Eli Manning to rely on. Not all of it was on Williams with
the level of blocking he was getting. Passing
to the running backs was no answer either as Manning was unable to connect with
Williams on 3 attempts and did so only once for 4 yards to Peyton Hillis on his
Overall Manning played a smart game. He threw the ball away and killed plays when
there was nothing to be had instead of gambling on having either one great play
or one that would end in disaster.
I would have liked to see Manning pass the ball more, but that's easy to say now,
and actually this game could have gone either way up until that fourth quarter
mistake. The Giants defense, actually Jason Pierre-Paul, got to Tony Romo for
two sacks, but mostly he was able to elude them when he had to.
They let down
in the second half, but to be fair, it should be noted that defensive tackle Cullen
Jenkins and middle linebacker Jon Beason were no longer playing, having been injured
in the first half. Worrying about running back DeMarco Murray, they allowed Romo
to complete every pass in the second half of this game. The Cowboys are the best
in the league on third down, and it played out that the Cowboys converted on 9
of their 14 third downs to continue to lead the league in that area. Cowboys tight
end Gavin Escobar caught all three of Romo's passes and two went for touchdowns.
Maybe having former Giants coach Mike Pope on their team is a real good influence.
Why is he not still with the Giants?
As things move on and the Giants rest
on their bye week, there is a lot to mull over. The Cowboys have shown they have
a balanced offense that can sustain long scoring drives, and the Eagles are overcoming
whatever deficiencies they may have to put up wins. The Giants have their work
cut out for them in this division and the upcoming schedule is not easy by any
means while trying new schemes with a lot of new people in key positions. This
is especially so now with key players such as Victor Cruz, Rashad Jennings, Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie, Cullen Jenkins, and Jon Beason either out or dealing with injuries."
Gavin Escobar 15 Yd pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey
Drive info: 11 plays, 76 yds, 5:59
Odell Beckham Jr. 9 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yds, 4:28
Daniel Fells 27 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown
Drive info: 1 plays, 27 yds, 0:07
Terrance Williams 18 Yd pass from Tony Romo (Dan
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:36
| Third Quarter |
Gavin Escobar 26 Yd pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey
Drive info: 6 plays, 93 yds, 3:18
Fourth Quarter |
DeMarco Murray 1 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick)
info: 4 plays, 27 yds, 1:54
Jr. 5 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80
- FIELD GOAL
Dan Bailey 49 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays,
49 yds, 4:29
have lost two games in a row in AT&T
Stadium after winning their first 4 games there.
Eli Manning had no interceptions for 3 straight games, the first time since Oct.
Giants Eli Manning's 11
yard run was his longest since he had a 12-yarder on Sept. 29, 2013.
tight end Daniel Fells is now tied with Larry Donnell for the team lead with 4
Cowboys DeMarco Murray
set an NFL-record with 7 straight 100-yard games to start a season.
are the only team in the NFL with six wins.
Nov 3 - Colts at Giants.
Tickets - Buy
Nov 9 - Giants at Seahawks.