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Week 9 Game Recap: Dallas Cowboys 37, New York Giants 18


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Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys simmered for much of the game against the overmatched Giants until finally separating for the comfortable road win in the fourth quarter. Ezekiel Elliott and the offensive line controlled the game, rarely stopped for less than a four-to-five-yard gain. Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper both got loose for long touchdowns and Jason Witten found a few yards-after-catch opportunities as he led the team in targets. Dallas returns home in Week 10 for a critical NFC matchup against the Vikings.

New York Giants

1. Jones and the Giants struggled massively in the redzone and the redzone efficiency has to improve. They kicked 4 field goals despite being very close to the goal line on some occasions.

2. The passing game suffered as a unit due to the struggles of Daniel Jones. He felt the pass rush and couldn't execute on many drop back attempts.

3. Turnovers continue to plague Jones and he had 3 again. He gets hit in the pocket a lot and has a habit of forcing passes occasionally when hurried.

Dallas Cowboys

QB Dak Prescott, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 35 - 257 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 12 - 0
Prescottís clunky start paralleled that of the Dallas team early against the Giants to keep New York in the game. Prescottís first throw of the game was intercepted by a ball-hawking safety in the slant route path and Prescott also fumbled a snap in the red zone. Prescott found his rhythm as the game progressed, fueling yards-after-catch long touchdowns to Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Prescott had a fourth touchdown, a floating pass to Randall Cobb, called back by penalty. Prescottís mobility was prevalent this week including breaking the rush and finding Blake Jarwin down the sideline for a long touchdown and converting a third down with a scramble on another occasion. Prescott will be tested next week with a much better Minnesota defense than the up-and-down Giants unit this week.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 23 - 139 - 0
Elliott was a force against the Giants, controlling the game from the outset and fueled by a dominant run-game effort of the Dallas offensive line. Elliott gained at least five yards on most of his carries, exploiting interior holes to the second level before winning contact and shedding defenders. Elliottís footwork was at a high level, with strong frequency as he throttled down for a cutback lane or angle through the line of scrimmage. Elliott saw just a single target in the passing game, which had the yards-after-catch-infused play called back by penalty. This was the first game since Week 3 where Elliott had fewer than 25 yards through the air. Elliott did not have any close-range touchdown opportunities against the Giants.

RB Tony Pollard, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 21 - 0, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)
Pollard had an up-and-down game as he spelled Ezekiel Elliott against the Giants. Pollard was fueled by good blocking on his biggest run of the game up the middle and exhibited a strong stiff arm to the perimeter on another occasion. Dallas set up a potential big play with a Pollard screen, but the rookie had an ugly drop to thwart the opportunity. Outside of the Week 8 Miami game, Pollard has seen low volume as the ancillary back in Dallas.

WR Randall Cobb, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 6 - 35 - 0 (8 targets)
Cobb saw a season-high eight targets against the Giants, but his biggest impact, a floating red zone touchdown, was called back by penalty. Cobb also absorbed a big hit on a third-down crossing route, coughing up a fumble in field goal range. Cobb added a drop to his up-and-down game as he has found the end zone just once this season and has surpassed 50 yards in a game only twice.

WR Amari Cooper, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 80 - 1 (7 targets)
Cooper had a slow start against the Giants, not seeing a target until the late first quarter and being stuck on one reception (a wide open deep out route for 20+ yards) until the fourth quarter. Cooper came alive, however, in the final frame and ended up leading Dallas in receiving for the game. Cooper came wide open on a deep in-cut and bursting through the open field for a long touchdown, the likely dagger for Dallasí road win. Cooper also drew a defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score and dropped a seam target, either of which would have pushed Cooperís stat line beyond 100 yards.

WR Michael Gallup, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 33 - 1 (6 targets)
Gallupís highlight play came on a diving touchdown to the pylon after a red zone out route, one of just two catches for the second-year receiver against the Giants. Gallup corralled a wide-open slant for more than 15 yards on his other reception, but also dropped a pass later in the game. Gallup lone deep opportunity was a diving sideline attempt which was just out of reach.

TE Jason Witten, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 58 - 0 (9 targets)
Witten led Dallas in targets and receptions against the Giants as the consistent chain-mover of the passing game. Witten juked a linebacker on an in-cut with his most impressive route of the game, coming wide open on the play. Witten posted four receptions in the first quarter alone and had a 20+ yard gain on a play-action out route called back by penalty. Witten added a rare drop this week, which was a season-high in targets, receptions, and yards for the 37-year-old tight end.

TE Blake Jarwin, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 42 - 1 (1 targets)
Jarwin saw a single target against the Giants but made the most of his opportunity. Dak Prescott broke the pocket and found Jarwin loose on the sideline. Jarwin burst to the end zone for a long yards-after-catch-infused touchdown. Jarwin has yet to post more than 50 yards in a game this season as the ancillary tight end but is one of more intriguing injury-away options with his fluid movement if Jason Witten were to miss time.


New York Giants

QB Daniel Jones, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 26 - 41 - 210 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 6 - 54 - 0
Daniel Jones struggled against the Cowboys on Monday night. The Cowboys had a strong pass rush for a lot of this game and Jones felt it. He took several sacks in key situations and failed to see the rush coming at times. This rush also lead to turnovers which continues to plague Jones as a quarterback. He tried to connect deep several times but his receiver had no separation and it fell incomplete. Jones did manage to scramble for yards and was successful at picking up first downs doing this. He tried to hit Engram in the back of the endzone but it was simply an inaccurate ball. Jones struggled in the redzone and it really cost the Giants as they only got one touchdown from several redzone visits. He found Tate on the sideline and threw it where only Tate could grab it, putting it up for grabs but trusting his teammate. Jones almost got a rushing touchdown but was tackled just shy of the goal line. He subsequently hit Latimer who was wide open in the flat after excellent play design left the receiver uncovered. Jones was intercepted on a deep, high ball that hung in the air too long and was an easy target for the defense. He lost two fumbles in the second half and this sealed the Giants fate. His ball security is questionable as he loses control of the ball in the pocket very often. Jones could not score in the redzone and this was also the main downfall of his night.

RB Saquon Barkley, 59 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 28 - 0, Rec: 6 - 67 - 0 (8 targets)
Saquon Barkley could not get going for the Giants on Monday night. The Cowboys did an excellent job of bottling him up at the line of scrimmage. The Giants couldn't keep the defense off of Barkley for long enough and the ground game was never established. Occasionally Barkley was able to bounce a run outside for a small gain or shake a defender off but these plays were few and far between. On one occasion, Barkley almost broke free into the secondary but ran into his own offensive lineman in error. He did fight hard at the line of scrimmage and converted a few short situations where he was afforded some space. Barkley broke free once against the Cowboys in the second half. He got a short pass and the initial defense was blocked well enough which allowed an explosive run down the sideline as Barkley turned on the jets. The Giants struggled in the redzone however, both on the ground and in the air. Barkley got several touches and carries near the goal line but the Giants could never get a strong enough push to create a gap for him. Credit must be given to the Cowboys on the night as they won the battle up front.

WR Golden Tate, 68 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 16 - 0, Rec: 6 - 42 - 0 (6 targets)
Saquon Barkley could not get going for the Giants on Monday night. The Cowboys did an excellent job of bottling him up at the line of scrimmage. The Giants couldn't keep the defense off of Barkley for long enough and the ground game was never established. Occasionally Barkley was able to bounce a run outside for a small gain or shake a defender off but these plays were few and far between. On one occasion, Barkley almost broke free into the secondary but ran into his own offensive lineman in error. He did fight hard at the line of scrimmage and converted a few short situations where he was afforded some space. Barkley broke free once against the Cowboys in the second half. He got a short pass and the initial defense was blocked well enough which allowed an explosive run down the sideline as Barkley turned on the jets. The Giants struggled in the redzone however, both on the ground and in the air. Barkley got several touches and carries near the goal line but the Giants could never get a strong enough push to create a gap for him. Credit must be given to the Cowboys on the night as they won the battle up front.

WR Darius Slayton, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (4 targets)
Darius Slayton had a very quiet game on Monday night as the Giants struggled to move the ball and could not get into the endzone for the most part. Slayton was largely ignored by Jones, who felt the Dallas pass rush for most of the evening. He did have a drop on a short route outside but this wouldn't have gone for many yards anyway. Slayton is a big play receiver who is heavily reliant on the performance of Daniel Jones. There were very few passes thrown downfield and therefore the passing game was kept short. This isn't ideal for Slayton who has proven to be a threat downfield. He is a risky play as Jones struggles in most games, especially against good defenses.

TE Evan Engram, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 6 - 48 - 0 (8 targets)
Evan Engram, like most of the Giants, had a down game against the Cowboys due to the offensive woes the team endured. Jones and the Giants kept things short in the passing game for the most part due to the pass rush felt by the rookie quarterback. Engram got a few looks in the short game and turned some plays into first downs with yards after the catch thanks to his superior athletic ability against some linebackers. Engram was targeted in the redzone early on but the pass was way off the mark. Engram looked to be fouled late in the game as it looked like defensive pass interference on a sure catch near the redzone but the penalty never arrived. Engram had to settle for short patterns and checkdown plays as a result of the game situation and thus had limited fantasy value.