ARLINGTON, Texas – The staff writers of DallasCowboys.com shared their initial feelings of the Cowboys’ 24-21 win over the Giants.
David Helman: It wasn't a pretty night, but an indoor Cowboys team just came into Arctic conditions, grabbed an early lead and withstood a Giants rally to win a division road game. When you spell it all out like that, it's hard to complain too much. The offense struggled once again in a windy MetLife Stadium. But the clutch drive to set up
Rowan Kavner: The harsh conditions at MetLife turned this game into a sloppy matchup for both offenses, as expected. That put a lot of pressure on each of the defenses to be outstanding. I thought the loss of Sean Lee in this one would be too challenging to overcome, and the Giants had a ton of success running the ball, averaging 6.7 yards a carry. I was surprised they didn’t keep doing that more.
Nick Eatman: Well, I must say I got one to go my way. It's been a while since I hit a few like this. I guess
Here we're the gut feelings for staff writers Nick Eatman, David Helman and Rowan Kavner, posted Saturday.
David Helman: The Giants are on a roll, and they’re talking like they know it. That’s been a little worrisome to me all week, and this morning I thought for sure I’d be picking a Giants win this weekend. But then I thought back to what we know about New York’s opposition during the win streak: it hasn’t been good. I also thought about what the coaching staff has been saying this week, about new arrangements and aggressive play calls.
Rowan Kavner: The weather will turn this much-anticipated matchup into a sloppy mess of a game. That means not many points, and it also puts a lot of pressure on the defense to hold. That could be troubling for the Cowboys, who took advantage of a bevy of Giants turnovers to take the first matchup between the teams but have recently hit a skid. Both sides will turn the ball over this week. The additions of Miles Austin and Jason Hatcher will be huge and I think
Nick Eatman: I really think this is the most important game the Cowboys have played in a while. If they lose, sure they still have a chance to win the division and get into the playoffs. But winning this one is huge in terms of getting to 4-0 in the NFC East and basically owning all tiebreakers, not to mention burying the Giants. Confidence-wise, it would be huge heading into a winnable Thanksgiving Day game. I think the Cowboys play well, and crisper on offense. I see Miles Austin making a difference and Jason Witten having a big day. The Cowboys will play better on defense and I think Jeff Heath responds nicely from his rough night in New Orleans. Overall, the Cowboys grab a good lead and then hang on for the win.