Stud: DeMarcus Lawrence, EDGE
It was a big night for DeMarcus Lawrence, who got started early. He had a sack on the opening drive, then nearly picked up a second on the ensuing drive, but Daniel Jones just got away from him. From there, he had several other pressures, including one that forced a fourth down that led to Graham Gano’s first field goal make. This tied the score at three, but it was a win for the defense after the way the Giants were cutting through the defense for much of that drive.
He kept attacking and recorded his third sack in the third quarter, which ties a career-high for No. 90. Perhaps he could have had even more, but a foot injury sent him to the sidelines — which was the only thing that could slow him down on the night.
Dud: Peyton Hendershot, TE
Again, this one was all about penalties. Peyton Hendershot made it to the 53-man roster due to his ability in the passing game, and he was given a big opportunity on Monday with Dalton Schultz out, but didn’t make a great impression.
On the three-yard line, he was called for a false start, forcing Dallas to walk back to the eight on third-and-goal. That led to an incomplete pass and the second field goal of the night for Maher.
During their next drive, Pollard ran it for 10 yards, which should have given Dallas a fresh set of downs … had it not been for the second flag on the rookie, this time for holding. This gaffe by Hendershot put them in a huge hole that they only climbed out of thanks to a 27-yard run by Ezekiel Elliott.
He did have a few catches, but went out of bounds late in the game, keeping Dallas from running the clock out.