Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) scores a touchdown past New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas (24) in the first half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants Game Observations

Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (34) carries the ball and is brought down by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) and corner back Brandon Carr (39) during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday afternoon’s match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants was pretty telling for both teams. The Giants may have finally fallen from contention in the NFC East while the Cowboys jumped back into the lead. But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for the Dallas Cowboys…

Game Observations:

  • Something is slightly off with Tony Romo. Over the past 4 games his passes have lacked the velocity and accuracy we have grown accustomed to. Nothing is being reported but he just doesn’t pass the eyeball test. It could be nothing but it’s something to keep an eye on. The winds on Sunday certainly didn’t help. Speaking of the wind…
  • The wind sure seemed to change directions in the Giants favor pretty often, didn’t it? No, I’m not saying the Giants have found a way to manipulate the heavens. We all know God is a Cowboys fan anyway. I am just reminded of the stories Bill Parcells shared reminiscing of his days with the NYG. He said they would open and close the tunnel doors before and after kicks to alter the wind currents. It’s hard not to be suspicious after hearing that.
  • The Defensive Line was totally man-handled. That should probably be pretty obvious when a team rushes for roughly 200 yards. This is normally something I would harp on over and over but in this case it may have helped the Cowboys. Since the Cowboys know their pass defense is absolutely atrocious, granting the Giants easy runs kept the Cowboys from facing Victor Cruz on deep routes. This may actually be a strategy. A painful strategy but a strategy none the less.
  • Jason Witten has been an amazing blocker this season. He hasn’t always been this good of a blocker but something happened to him this season. Perhaps it’s the zone blocking scheme or perhaps he is just more focused on executing. The past couple years I was convinced he was fading as premier NFL TE. Instead he has improved in every aspect of his game this year. I’m happy to be wrong!

  • Gavin Escobar still can’t run block. Luckily the Cowboys know this and try to run to the opposite side when Gavin is on the field. Why we used a pick on him continues to upset me. We could have saved the pick and just resigned one of our previous TEs.
  • Speaking of which, both Martellus Bennett and Anthony Fasano caught TD passes on Sunday. I’m sure glad we have Escobar and one less high draft pick.
  • When the injured Dez Bryant finally got to his feet and made his way off the field the stadium broke out in a chorus of boos. Stay classy New Jersey.
  • My favorite player to complain about and general verbal whipping boy, Kyle Wilber, had his best game as a pro. After moving back to SAM LB he appears to have finally found a position. He played with brains, he played with confidence, he played big. I may need to find a new player to pick on…Gavin Escobar and Morris Claiborne are in contention for that honor.
  •  Just when I was starting to see good things from Bruce Carter I saw – that. He just had to touch him down. SMH.
  • The best CB prospect since Deion Sanders, Morris Claiborne, still looks lost far too often. He flashes potential but then flashes garbage. None of it even matters if he cant stay healthy.

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  • SmartThinking

    The problem with making bold, brash claims to the media about how you’re going to do this or that to this player or that one is, at some point you have to back those claims up. When you don’t, or can’t you, well, you look like the New York Giants.

    Escobar is gone next year. What a waste!

    Carter and Claiborne were terrible yesterday. Claiborne held his man every time the camera focused on him. Carter should be fined for allowing that touchdown … and for NOT knowing the rules of professional football.

    The offensive play-calling looked, oh, I don’t know, different, fresher, slightly more creative. I hope that’s a good thing.

    Didn’t hear Ware’s name called much yesterday.

    This game was an important victory for Dallas. However, the way it was won, i.e., another last second squeaker, also says something about this team’s inability to administer the kill shot when they’re given the chance.

    Records aside, Oakland is no Viennese Boys Choir. Dallas better take this upcoming game very seriously or they’ll be the ones playing the role of the Giants on Thanksgiving Day. Landry used to say that any NFL team could beat any other NFL team on any given Sunday, regardless of their respective won-loss records. The Raiders came back and beat Dallas this past pre-season game. They’re already thinking they can do it again.

    Garrett must be breathing a sigh of relief today. We may even see him giggle if Dallas can beat Oakland in three days. I’m happy for him today.

  • JoeDaBeast

    Even though Carter should have known the rules, Heath is just as guilty, or because he is a rookie, he gets a pass?

    Luckily, the Giants are worried about Eli’s lack of confidence (or does he always look constipated?), because I agree, that saved us.

    I like you writing style and comments (much better than those fools at The Landry Hat).

    • Reid Hanson

      You are right, Heath is just as guilty. I’ve been pretty rough on him already so I didn’t single him out here but technically I should have. It’s mindboggling really when NFL player(s) screw up like this. It was an embarrassing moment to be a Cowboys fan.

      • JoeDaBeast

        But in their defense, I’m sure Carter thought Heath touched him down and Heath thought Carter touched him down…….right?

        • Reid Hanson

          That probably holds true for Heath but Carter was the man on the scene. I think he just forgot it was nessassary. His issues are largely mental and I haven’t given up on him yet. Far too talented.