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While the stat sheet might not show it sack-wise, DeMarcus Lawrence was living in the Giants’ backfield all day. The Cowboys have to be thrilled to have the pass-rusher locked up for the next five seasons.
It was a historic opening day for the Dallas offense, and that was led by quarterback Dak Prescott. Dak was on the money all game long, dropping multiple dimes deep down the field, and perhaps most importantly, he never came close to turning the football over. If this a sign of things to come for the Cowboys’ offense, it could be a big year for Dak and company.
Receivers Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper both went for 100-plus yards in this one, as they really abused the Giants’ young secondary all game long. The focus this offseason has been on Ezekiel Elliott, but today it was about the outside receivers making plays all over the field.
After an opening play fumble, Saquon Barkley looked exactly like himself, breaking off long runs and breaking tackles. With the Giants trailing most of the game, it was hard for him to get many touches as they had to constantly pass the ball.
It was a tough game for right tackle Mike Remmers, as he allowed numerous pressures from the Cowboys’ edge defenders, which led to the Giants using quick short passes for the majority of the game.
B.J. Hill was one of the few bright spots for the Giants’ defense, as he was very solid in the run game, which is not an easy task against this Dallas’ offense. He finished the game with four total tackles, good for sixth on the team.
This was a rude welcome to the NFL for rookie DeAndre Baker, as he was victimized early often by Dak and the Dallas receivers. Baker has a bright future in the NFL, but this was definitely a learning experience for the youngster.
Baker had a rough outing against Dallas’ talented receiving corps. He really couldn’t catch a break in coverage.