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NFL Week 9 PFF ReFocused: Dallas Cowboys 37, New York Giants 18

The Dallas Cowboys got off to a slow start but ultimately defeated the New York Giants, 37-18, in East Rutherford to improve to 5-3 on the season.

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Final Score

Dallas Cowboys 37, New York Giants 18

Dallas Cowboys

After throwing an interception on Dallas' first play of the game, Dak Prescott never really recovered. He settled for shorter passes and deep overthrows for most of the night.

Dallas' offensive line opened gaping holes for Ezekiel Elliot all night long, who did a good job of finding open holes and carrying defenders for extra yards after contact.

Xavier Woods closed in on a late second-quarter Daniel Jones deep pass to Darius Slayton for an interception. Woods caused a second turnover when he forced a fumble of a scrambling Jones in the third quarter, which the Cowboys recovered.

Demarcus Lawrence sacked Jones in the first quarter after beating Mike Remmers quickly inside. Michael Bennett picked up a sack of Jones in the fourth quarter when he beat Remmers inside on a stunt. Maliek Collins beat Kevin Zeitler outside for a fourth-quarter sack of Jones.

New York Giants

Antoine Bethea intercepted Dak Prescott on the first play of the game, setting up the Giants in good field position. However, he was also responsible for taking a bad angle on Amari Cooper‘s long touchdown.

Rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker was picked on throughout the night, and outside of a pass breakup, he didn't do much to take Dallas' attention away from him.

It was a rough night for Daniel Jones, who finished the game with an interception and two fumbles. Jones did throw a one-yard touchdown to Cody Latimer. Golden Tate made the play of the night when he made a leaping one-handed catch with Byron Jones holding onto his left arm.

Saquon Barkley took a fourth-quarter screen pass and immediately burst upfield showing impressive speed and gaining 65-yards to set up a Giants’ field goal. However, Barkley was largely kept in check on the ground by the Cowboys’ defense on the rest of his touches.

Cris Collinsworth

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