With a win on Sunday against the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys regained their previous lead in the NFC East. The rival Philadelphia Eagles are also 6-5, but the Cowboys are 4-0 in the division compared to the Eagles, who are 3-2. Dallas had a very tough game against the Giants but they still came away with the victory.
After the Giants tied up the game with 4:44 left in the final quarter, Tony Romo drove this Cowboys team down the field to the 18-yard line. This set up a routine chip-shot for Dan “Beetle” Bailey to put through the uprights. Cowboy fans have seen this in the past, Dan Bailey is clutch. But, Cowboy fans have also seen a field goal at the Meadowlands get blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul. But that wasn’t an issue today, when Dan Bailey connected from 35 yards out.
Much maligned for his conservative play, Tony Romo led a Cowboys team that was in desperate need of win, down the field to victory. Romo finished with two touchdowns and 250 yards on the day. Romo also threw an interception
that wasn’t his fault as it was popped up into the air after Dez Bryant couldn’t corral it. DeMarco Murray also made a big impact on the day, he had a total of 126 total yards. Another player that has been crucified for his lack of production is Dez Bryant. Despite having a costly fourth quarter fumble, Dez caught nine passes for 102 yards. Jason Witten had a terrific day as well. Witten only caught four balls, but two of them were touchdown catches.
Two weeks ago against the New Orleans Saints, the Dallas defense gave up over 600 yards of offense. They also gave up over 200 rushing yards without their leader, Sean Lee. Against the Giants, the defense gave up 202 rushing yards. It is rumored that Sean Lee could return this Thursday against the Raiders. It would truly be a treat to see the Cowboys’ best defensive player to return on Thanksgiving. Although they gave up a lot of yards, the defense bent, but they did not break.
On Sunday, the Cowboys welcomed back Miles Austin, Jason Hatcher, and Morris Claiborne. Miles Austin only caught one ball out of three targets. But that one catch was a first down reception on the game-winning drive. Jason Hatcher was disruptive all day. “Hatch” had two sacks, while also harassing Eli Manning the whole day. Morris Claiborne had a decent day up until the fourth quarter when Pam Oliver reported that Morris Claiborne suffered a setback with his hamstring. Cowboy fans didn’t hear his name much of the night, but Brandon Carr absolutely shut down Victor Cruz. Cruz finished the day with only two catches for 27 yards.
The two teams combined for a total of 22 penalties. With the loss, the Giants now sit at 4-7. The Giants only have two division games left and both are against the Redskins. Because of that, the Giants are pretty much finished. Watching this game, many could see how Eli Manning has rapidly declined. In week 13, the Giants will travel to Washington for a Sunday Night Football game on NBC. Dallas will travel back home to Dallas to host the Oakland Raiders. Get ready for Turkey Day, Cowboy fans!
Note: In Tony Romo’s tenure, the Cowboys have a record of 5-2 on Thanksgiving. One of those losses came in 2010 when Romo was out for much of the season.