Here are my initial thoughts and observations on the Dallas Cowboys 24-21 win over the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
What It Means- The Cowboys are now back in first place in the NFC East after defeating the Giants, and can claim a sole possession of first place with a win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. The ‘Boys improved to 6-5 overall, and more importantly 4-0 within the division. This is the fist time the Cowboys have swept the Giants since 2007 and is only the fourth time that they have started undefeated in the division since 1989.
Romo In The Clutch- With the season on life support, Tony Romo delivered on the final drive against the New York Giants completing six of nine passes for for 62 yards, setting up the game winning field goal as time expired. Everyone was waiting for that classic Romo choke job in the big moment, instead he came through in the clutch and this perhaps could be the season changer for the team. Romo completed four third downs on the game-winning drive and literally saved the Cowboys for the 21st time in the fourth quarter in his career.
Jason Witten- Witten only caught four passes on the day, but he surely made them count, finishing with two huge touchdowns that helped the team emerge victorious. The Pro Bowl tight end was there as the security blanket when Romo absolutely needed him, and can be credited for 14 of the Cowboys points.
Lack of Rush Defense- The Cowboys were known to be notoriously bad with their pass defense through their first 10 games, but it was their rush defense that was horrible on Sunday night. The Giants ran for 202 yards with Andre Brown totaling 127 yards and Brandon Jacobs hauling in 75. It’s pretty obvious that the team misses Sean Lee, and is the third time the team has given up 200 yards on the ground. However, the team came up huge on third downs, and actually did their job in helping the Cowboys emerge victorious.
What’s Next- The Cowboys host the Oakland Raiders in a short week for their annual Thanksgiving Day Game. The Cowboys have lost 2 of their past 3 on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium, but look to win their first game against an AFC West opponent and improve to 7-5 overall.