I’m happy to be wrong. I thought that, in spite of Eli Manning’s success in Dallas (2-0 before this game, now at 3-0) at the JerryDome, the Giants’ defense wouldn’t be able to contain Dallas’s potent offense. We had focused on DeMarcus Ware and his ability to sack the QB, plus the fact that Dave Diehl has had trouble with him in previous games. The Cowboys failed to register a sack in the game, and Ware left the game with an injury. When Eli Manning isn’t sacked, the Giants are 3-0 this season.
Coach Coughlin held firm. Ahmad Bradshaw missed curfew, and was held out for the first half. This was OK, as Brandon Jacobs decided to show up with 101 yards on 19 carries. DJ Ware scored another 2 point conversion, and the G-Men had a respectable 110 yards on the ground. Eli Manning now joins Dan Marino as the only players who have three 400 yard passing games in a season. Statistically, he was 27-47, and a sure TD catch by Mario Manningham only makes his statistics more impressive. Manning came through in the fourth quarter again. Down by 12 with 5 minutes and change? No sweat. The recivers all looked good,although Victor Cruz had something of a mixed bag.
Defensively, Jason Pierre Paul is a beast. His stats indicate that he was the dominant force that Ware wasn’t. The Giants other defensive players were lacking. Dallas gouged the Giants for 139 yards on the ground, and 305 in the air. In fact, Romo missing a wide open Austin saved the game for the Giants. Coach Coughlin was able to ice the Dallas kicker, and JPP blocked the second kick.
In the end, the Giants had what Napoleon requierd of his generals: good luck. Dallas lost this game as much as the G-Men won it. Now, here come the Redskins.