The Dallas Dak Attack Defeats the Giants 20 – 13
by Alexander George
— Cameron Grant (@coolghost101) September 17, 2018
Manning was sacked SIX times and hit EIGHT times.
In the third play of the game, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw a 64 yard touchdown bomb to receiver Tavon Austin for a quick score which set the tone of the game in a 20 – 13 victory over the New York Giants. With the loss, the Giants fall to 0-2. Teams that are 0 – 2, such as the Giants, have a slim 11 percent chance of making the playoffs. Big Blue has to defy the odds, to make that playoff push this season.
Dak Prescott (16 for 25, 160 yards & 1TD) also ran for 45 yards thereby accumulating 205 all-purpose yardage in what is considered the best performance of the game. Ezekiel Elliott (17 ATT for 78 yards, 1TD) rushed for a 6 yard touchdown with less than 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter, extending the score to
20 – 3, which ultimately clinched the game.
The New York Giants offense was blanked by the Cowboys defense in the first half and only managed to score 3 points, in an 11 play 66 yard drive which culminated in a 28 yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas, by the end of the 3rd quarter. By the time the Giants scored a touchdown, an 18 yard pass to tight end Evan Engram (7 REC for 67 yards, 1TD) late in the 4th quarter, the Cowboys already had the game in hand. A successful onside kick by Big Blue in the ensuing possession, resulting in a 38 yard field goal by Rosas, made the game mildly interesting. However, that score was too little, too late as the Giants lost in AT&T stadium at Dallas by 7 points.
Eli Manning (33 for 44, 279 yards 1TD) was not able to connect with his number one target Odell Beckham, Jr. (4REC 51 yards) for that big pass play all night. The wide receiver’s longest recpetion was only for 17 yards. Manning’s main offensive target for this game was running back Saquon Barkley. With Barkley limited to only under 30 yards rushing, the running back’s biggest contribution to the offense was his receptions out of the backfield. He led all receivers with 80 yards and had as many targets (16) as Odell Beckham, Jr. and Evan Engram combined.
The Cowboys pass rush became a nightmare for Eli Manning and the offensive line. He was sacked 6 times for 59 yards. One of those sacks, caused by linebacker Damien Wilson, created a fumble recovered by defense end Taco Charlton, in which the Cowboys were able to capitalize on the mistake by scoring a 29 yard field goal by kicker Brett Maher. As a result of the Cowboys pressure, the Giants offensive line never gave Manning the time to complete passes for more than 20 yards. Only one time, a 37 yard pass play to Cody Latimer (2 REC for 41 yards), was Eli Manning able to pass for more than 20 yards. The Giants pass rush on the other hand was completely invisible as they were not able to sack Dak Prescott at all and was able hit the Dallas quarterback only 3 times and pass defensed him twice.
Several Giants were injured in this game. Kaelin Clay (WR/PR) was out for a portion of the game with an ankle injury. Cornerback Eli Apple suffered a groin injury in the 3rd quarter. However, the most serious injury happened to center Jon Halapio. He suffered a lower right leg injury which required an air cast and was carted off the field. His status for the rest of the season remains unknown.