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Giants Dominate NFC East Showdown Topping Dallas 35-14

The Giants showed no mercy to their NFC East rivals Dallas, as they sent the Cowboys into last place in the division with a decisive win. All the critics who thought that back up QB Brad Johnson was incapable of leading the offense were proved right on Sunday. Johnson looked his age, as he failed to complete even the simplest of passes, and in the process threw two picks before being yanked.

Even third stringer Brooks Bollinger got into the act, throwing an interception on his very first pass attempt of the game. The Cowboys’ bye week couldn’t of come at a better time. With the team spiralling out of control, the ‘Boys will hopefully see most of their injured stars return for week 11.

The Cowboys’ offense, which struggled to move the ball last week, looked just as pitiful on this day, as all of their first half drives either resulted in punts or turnovers. The Giants were ready to play in this one, though, as Eli Manning led them on an 11 play, 75 yard drive, with Kevin Boss sneaking into the endzone for his second touchdown in as many games.

Following a Brad Johnson interception by Corey Webster, Eli Manning capitalized on the short field with a 5 yard touchdown toss to his new favourite target, Steve Smith (no, I’m not talking about the guy on Carolina, although he is very good as well). Then, after the ball slipped out of Manning’s hand, and the Cowboys fell on it, Terrell Owens promptly gave it right back to the Giants with a fumble of his own.

However, on the ensuing possession, Eli and Plaxico Burress got mixed up over a route, and Manning threw the ball right into the hands of defender Mike Jenkins, who returned it for a touchdown. Just when it looked as if Dallas was going to make a game of it, Brad Johnson threw yet another pick, which Manning and the Giants capitalized on with another touchdown throw, this one to Amani Toomer. This last touchdown drive by New York clearly left the Cowboys deflated going into halftime.

The second half saw a new QB, Brooks Bollinger, get a shot at running the Cowboys’ offense, but it ended up with the same result. After the Cowboys got the ball to begin the second half, Bollinger threw an interception on his very first pass attempt. Once again, the Giants turned a Dallas turnover into points, as Brandon Jacobs rumbled in for a 12 yard score. Even after TO caught a touchdown pass from Bollinger, the game was a foregone conclusion, as the Giants added another rushing touchdown late in the game from Derrick Ward.

The Cowboys’ anaemic offense was no match for the Giants’ D on this day, as Dallas’ QBs were under constant pressure. Giants’ defensive end, Justin Tuck, was a monster, racking up 2.5 sacks on the day, and coming close on a few other plays. The Giants’ running game was also potent in this one, especially in the second half, as they pounded the rock against a worn down Cowboys’ defense. Brandon Jacobs finished with 117 yards on only 17 carries, and a score, while Derrick Ward had 63 yards and a touchdown, as the Giants had 200 yards of total rushing.

The Cowboys’ are a team in disarray right now, and you have to wonder if Wade Phillips’ job is on the line if they aren’t able to turn things around. Owner Jerry Jones is not a patient man, and with many significant players coming up on free agency, as well as a few aging veterans, he knows that their window on a Super Bowl is closing.

Even though they have really been hurt by injuries that should not be an excuse for head coach Wade Phillips, as he has really lost control of this team. You really have to wonder about Phillips’ leadership abilities, as every coach in the league must deal with injuries to key players, and one really wonders if he is the right man for such a high profile team as the Dallas Cowboys. However, Jerry Jones has expressed his confidence in his coach, and you have to believe that Phillips’ job is safe until at least the end of this season.

The Cowboys head into their bye week hoping that the extra week off will allow most of their injured starters to heal up before taking on the Washington Redskins in a key divisional match up. The most important of these starters is QB Tony Romo, who has been nursing an injury to his pinkey finger. However, they will also be happy to welcome back shutdown corner Terrance Newman, as well as change-of-pace RB Felix Jones.

They will also hope for TE Jason Witten to get back to 100 percent, as he was held without a catch while playing through a rib injury this week. The Giants continue their tough stretch with another big divisional game in Philadelphia, before getting the surprising Baltimore Ravens at home.

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