3 huge Giants mistakes that helped the Cowboys win on Thanksgiving
1. Poor Coverage Choice for Dalton Schultz
The first of the three touchdowns that put the Giants away in this game was a 3rd and goal touchdown to tight end Dalton Schultz. It was the Holmes penalty we just spoke about that led to this play nine plays later.
The problem here is that this felt like a clear mismatch in coverage.
Schultz is a 6-foot-5, 244-pound tight end who is known to be a security blanket, especially in the end zone, for Dak Prescott. For some reason, the Giants thought it would be a good idea to line him up against a 6-foot-0, 193-pound second-year cornerback on a play that was clearly going to be a pass to the end zone.
Kellen Moore likely saw the size mismatch as it felt clear from the line of scrimmage that the ball was going to Schultz. Prescott evaded the pass rush and threw a 50/50 ball up into the endzone confident that his tight end would be able to make the play.
Sure enough, Schultz lept right over McCloud and brought in the touchdown to put the Cowboys ahead. From there, Dallas would never look back.
One can only assume that Wink Martindale will regret having sent his second-year, 6-foot CB to go up against a guy five inches taller than him in the endzone when he goes back and watches this game film later.
It may not have been the blowout we all expected, but the Cowboys got a much-needed victory to have them sitting pretty at 8-3 on the year.