MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17: Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17 2010 in Minneapolis Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 24-21. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Despite a 10-0 start, a 20-7 lead and 2 interceptions on Eli Manning's first 4 passes (none of which were completions), the Cowboys were dismantled by the Giants. The obvious, big headline for the night was Tony Romo's broken clavicle, but the Cowboys' issues went beyond that.
Don't be fooled by the somewhat close 41-35 final score. They are now 1-5 and looked it.
The Giants gave the Cowboys every opportunity to get back into the game or even run away with the game early. The Giants threw 3 interceptions and fumbled the ball 3 times, losing it twice. Dallas didn't win this game because they were so obviously outmatched on defense.
The Giants tore apart a Cowboys defense that looked pretty bad in every facet. In fact, the defense looked scarily similar to a terrible defense we know all too well. The pass rush was nonexistent for the majority of the night with the exception of one sack/fumble forced by Demarcus Ware.
Don't let the 3 interceptions fool you. The Cowboys secondary looked bad. Eli Manning completed 25-35 for over 300 yards and 4 TDs to go with the 3 INTs. Eli passed the ball whenever he wanted, wherever he wanted and generally did so without feeling any heat from the Dallas pass rush. Whether it was Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith or Mario Manningham, someone was always abusing the secondary.
When all was said and done, the Giants ran a balanced offense of 35 passes and 36 runs for over 500 yards of total offense. The Cowboys threw 40 passes and ran the ball 13 times for 267 yards of total offense.
Should the Jaguars chalk this one up in the victory column? Not even close. But they need to realize the opportunity they have to bounce back against a team that's on the ropes. At 4-4 on the bye week, the season is still very much alive. At 3-5, it's all over. It's do or die and the Cowboys are some good looking prey right now.