Behind a bruising rushing attack, vertical passing game and opportunistic defense, the Dallas Cowboys established their NFC East superiority in the second half, going on a 27-10 spurt to neutralize the New York Giants, 44-20, and advance to 4-1 on the season.
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Dak Prescott was efficient and productive behind a balanced rushing attack. This is what the Mississippi State product was able to produce on 38 dropbacks:
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Wide receiver/tight end
While Amari Cooper is on track to earn a 70.0-plus receiving grade, it was CeeDee Lamb who showcased his versatility after the catch. Lamb accumulated 42 yards after the catch and 19 yards after contact, and he also had a touchdown grab. Tight end Dalton Schultz grabbed six balls for 79 yards en route to a pending 70.0-plus grade.
The Cowboys' offensive line was headlined by Tyron Smith, who didn't allow a sack or a hurry and is on track to finish with a 90.0-plus pass-blocking grade.
Randy Gregory led the way for the Cowboys' defensive line, recording a pending 90.5 pass-rushing grade that featured four hurries and four hits.
Six defensive stops and a tackle for loss headlined Micah Parsons‘ day, although he is on track to finish with a sub-60.0 run-defense grade.
Trevon Diggs gave up four first-down catches on nine targets, but he did reel in his sixth interception of the year. The second-year cornerback also forced two incompletions.
Wide receiver/tight end
Rookie Kadarius Toney was the highlight of a Giants offense rattled by injuries. The Florida product caught 10 of his 13 targets for eight first downs, five explosive plays and 189 yards. Toney also forced three missed tackles. Tight end Evan Engram caught all four of his targets for four first downs.
The Giants' offensive line was no match for the Dallas front, allowing six hits and 12 hurries on the day. Nate Solder is on track to finish with a very poor grade after allowing five pressures on his own.
Leonard Williams recorded three stops and a sack, serving as the Giants' lone source of production along the defensive front.
Reggie Ragland posted four stops and one pressure. He fared much better as a pass-rusher (77.1 pass-rushing grade) than a run defender (61.1), pending review.
Adoree' Jackson (51.1 coverage grade) and James Bradberry (61.0 coverage grade) each had long afternoons guarding the Cowboys’ weapons outside. Jackson gave up a touchdown catch, while Bradberry allowed four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown the eight times he was targeted.