Dallas Cowboys improve to 4-1 as New York Giants lose star offensive players to injuries

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Cowboys won the NFC East contest handily.

The Giants lost far more than just a Week 5 division game.

A rash of injuries left New York completing the 44-20 loss without quarterback Daniel Jones (concussion), running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) and cornerback Rodarius Williams (knee). The medical cart consistently returned to the Giants’ vicinity, from Barkley’s early swollen ankle to Jones’ woozy response after a head-to-head tackle short of the goal line.

The Cowboys struggled early, the Giants swatting four of Prescott’s passes including one for an interception on the game’s first drive. Prescott also lost a fumble in the first quarter. Clean snaps were scarcer than Dallas would have liked.

Then the Cowboys offense exploded as it has now for three straight weeks. Prescott, 364 days removed from a gruesome ankle injury on this very field against this very opponent, found three different teammates for touchdowns. Receiver CeeDee Lamb outraced two defenders down the right sideline for a 49-yard touchdown reception, Amari Cooper juking Williams off his balance the tune of a diving 24-yard touchdown up the middle. The Cowboys faked a handoff to Ezekiel Elliott on a red-zone attempt in the third quarter, only to actually throw a screen pass his way for a 4-yard score. Elliott returned for a 13-yard rushing score—and his second-straight game rushing for more than 100 yards—in the fourth quarter.

The Giants continued to push through injuries, running back Devontae Booker scoring a 1-yard rushing touchdown on fourth-and-goal immediately after Jones was carted off. Booker scored again with 3:17 to play on a 3-yard pass from backup quarterback Mike Glennon, but not before Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs nabbed what has become his weekly interception. Diggs, the Cowboys’ 2020 second-round selection, secured his sixth interception in five games.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates a third quarter touchdown with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates a third quarter touchdown with quarterback Dak Prescott (4) against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.

The combination was enough for Dallas to pull away from a game it never trailed. Prescott rebounded from the early turnovers to complete 22 of 31 passes for 302 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Elliott compiled 110 yards on 21 carries in addition to his receiving score.

Even with the game seemingly decided, the fourth quarter was feisty. Giants receiver Kadarius Toney was ejected for throwing the first punch of an on-field fight. Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown capped off the victory returning an interception 49 yards for a touchdown.

With the 24-point victory, the Cowboys improve to 4-1 and carry a two-game lead in the division race. Prescott maintains a five-season unblemished record vs. the Giants, winning his eighth straight contest against them since the Giants swept Prescott’s Cowboys during his 2016 rookie year.

The Cowboys will travel to New England next week to face the Patriots before their bye.

Follow USA TODAY Sports' Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dallas Cowboys break away for win as Giants' injuries mount