The Dallas Cowboys get revenge on the New York Giants, defeating their NFC East rivals in Week One of the 2017 NFL regular season.
The Dallas Cowboys opened their regular season with a Week One victory over their NFC East rivals, and the only team to defeat them twice last season, the New York Giants. The Cowboys were able to defeat the Giants on Sunday night, 19-3, on the back of a strong defensive effort by America’s Team.
One of the bigger question marks heading into this divisional matchup was the play of the Cowboys defense. Losing several of their starters from last season due to free agency, how this defensive group would preform against a revamp Giants’ offense was unknown. But Dallas’ defense played big on the nation stage, limiting the G-Men to just three points in primetime under the big lights of Sunday Night Football.
The Dallas defense held Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning to 210 passing yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Manning was under pressure all night from the Cowboys defensive line. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence registered two sacks himself, while his teammate, Charles Tapper, sacked Eli once in his professional debut.
Cowboys veteran linebacker Sean Lee led the team with a combined eight tackles. His teammate, Jaylon Smith, was right behind him on the stat sheet with seven total tackles in his first regular season game as a pro. Second-year cornerback Anthony Brown recorded the game’s only interception.
Offensively, the Cowboys used running back Ezekiel Elliott early and often. The second-year back ended the day with 104 rushing yards on 24 carries. Elliott also recorded five receptions for 36 yards.
Through the air, quarterback Dak Prescott had an average yet still efficient game, completing 24 of his 39 passes for 268 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Prescott also ran the ball for 24 yards.
Tight end Jason Witten led the team in receptions with seven catches for 59 yards and a score. The future Hall of Famer became the Cowboys all-time leader in reception yardage in this contest, passing legendary wide receiver Michael Irvin on that prestigious list.
With a freshly minted win under their belts, the Dallas Cowboys will next head to Colorado in order to face the Denver Broncos at home on Sunday, September 17th at 3:25 p.m. CDT.