On the Cowboys’ third play from scrimmage Sunday night against the Giants, Dak Prescott found a streaking Tavon Austin over the top of New York’s defense.
Austin was off to the races, and so was Dallas. Austin’s 64-yard touchdown gave the Cowboys a lead they wouldn’t give back. Dallas led wire-to-wire en route to a 20-13 win over New York in this early NFC East showdown.
Leading up to the game, Giants safety Landon Collins said his team had a better chance to win if it forced Prescott to throw.
Prescott said he accepted the challenge.
“I mean, we definitely hear that,” Prescott said. ” I kind of said the challenge accepted, I said I accepted it, I wasn’t the only that accepted that challenge.”
“This team accepted it. That offense accepted it.”
Cowboys in Control
An efficient offense and a physical defense set the tone for the Cowboys. They sacked Eli Manning a total of six times for 59 yards and held the Giants to just 255 yards of total offense and one turnover. The men in blue’s only bright spot on offense was the continued good play of rookie running back Saquon Barkley, who had 14 catches for 80 yards out of the backfield.
Meanwhile, Prescott led a Cowboys attack that did enough to keep the game comfortable for a majority of the four quarters. They avoided turning the ball over, and relied on a balanced attack, running the ball 25 times and throwing the ball 25 times.
Ezekiel Elliot again led the way on the ground, with 17 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown. His six-yard scamper halfway through the fourth quarter gave Dallas a 20-3 lead that put the game out of reach for Manning and company.
New York’s only touchdown in the game came late as a consolation prize. Manning connected with tight end Evan Engram on an 18-yard score with 1:27 left to play to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive that pulled them to within 20-10.
The win improves Dallas to 1-1. On the flip side, the loss drops the Giants to 0-2 and an early last place standing in the NFC East.