The Cowboys didn’t start out as good as they did Sunday in the blowout of the Vikings. On their first drive, former Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith stopped Ezekiel Elliott for a 1-yard gain on fourth-and-two at the Dallas 40. On their second possession, Dak Prescott was picked by Rodarius Williams.
The Giants used the short field after the Smith stop of Elliott for a 57-yard Graham Gano field goal. It was a five-play, 1-yard drive after a Dorance Armstrong sack of Daniel Jones and a penalty on Tyre Phillips that negated a touchdown.
The right tackle was cited for being illegally downfield, prompting Brian Daboll to throw his headset and drop some profanity on officials.
It would have been a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Isaiah Hodgins.
Two plays later, on third-and-22, Jones was penalized for intentional grounding.
The Giants took a 3-0 lead on Gano’s field goal, essentially a gift from the Cowboys.
Dallas finally got on the board on the first play of the second quarter on a 6-yard run by Ezekiel Elliott, taking a 7-3 lead.
It completed an 11-play, 93-yard drive for the Cowboys.