5 crucial takeaways from Cowboys' Week 1 beatdown of NY Giants

The Cowboys demolished the NY Giants in primetime!
Sep 10, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Stephon Gilmore (21)
Sep 10, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Stephon Gilmore (21) / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite trepidation from fans heading into Week 1, the Dallas Cowboys rolled over the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. This one was all but settled by halftime, as the Cowboys opened up a 26-0 lead after two quarters thanks to touchdowns of the special teams and defensive variety in the first quarter.

Despite rainy conditions, the offense did its part. Dak Prescott took care of the football and would've had a touchdown or two if not for a couple drops in the red zone, but Tony Pollard got the job done with two short TD runs.

When the dust settled from MetLife Stadium, the Cowboys won 40-0 for their biggest shutout win in franchise history. We could ramble on for hours about the performance, so let's jump right into our biggest takeaways from the win.

5. Just wait until the offense gets going

The Cowboys put up a 40 piece and Dak Prescott didn't even throw for 150 yards. He only completed 13 passes and no Dallas pass-catcher not named CeeDee Lamb had more than 30 yards receiving.

Prescott admittedly was off on some throws -- he missed Lamb high in the end zone -- but the conditions weren't conducive to a prolific aerial attack. By all accounts, though, the quarterback looked more comfortable and decisive with head coach Mike McCarthy calling plays. That's the most important thing.

Prescott and Co. face a stiff test against a talented Jets defense in Week 2, but it's downright scary that Dallas won by five touchdowns and the offense hasn't kicked it into high gear. Heck, they had things in cruise control for most of the game with the defense turning in a performance for the ages.

More on that in a minute.