Oct 19, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar (89) celebrates scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat New York 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Glorious. That’s the adjective that comes to mind when I watch these 2014 Dallas Cowboys play football. It’s impossible to not be impressed by the sheer manner in which they impose their will on the opposition throughout the game. It’s also key to note that it’s not just that the Dallas Cowboys are winning again; it’s that they’re doing it with the swagger of a lunchroom bully. You gon’ eat your cornbread?
For weeks now, we’ve sat back and watched most of our opponents be placed at Heaven’s Gate by the media as a means of explaining how we have no chance of winning. And each week after we’ve answered the bell, the excuses came as to why that elite team or player must have had an off day. Yeah, solid defenses usually have a lot to do with that.
I love that kid [DeMarco Murray]- Tony Romo
Enter our old foe, the New (Jersey) York Giants. Fresh off of a waterboarding at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles last week, the Giants were looking to bounce back in a big way and hand the Dallas Cowboys a divisional loss in the process. This was indeed a trap game if we ever saw one. Especially considering that the Giants have a record of playing well in AT&T Stadium.
The Cowboys were fresh off of shocking the world (again) by putting a paddle to the backside of the Seattle Seahawks on their seemingly invincible home field. Would they now play down to their competition as they did in the first half of the St. Louis Rams’ or Houston Texans’ games? Or, have they learned their lesson? Thankfully, the answer is the latter.
In true 2014 fashion, these Cowboys continue to learn from their mistakes and use what they’ve learned to continue to rule over opponents. They would see a “slow” start in the first half going up 7-0 followed by 14 straight points by the Giants which, in large part, was due to wide receiver Dez Bryant slipping on a deep route which led to quarterback Tony Romo‘s sole interception. The first half was not Bryant’s friend as it also included dropped passes and an incorrect pass route.