8:20 p.m. ET
Key Decision #1: (NYG ball, trailing 7-0 / fourth-and-inches NYG 48 / 10:08 1Q)
• DAL had just scored on the opening possession and the home crowd was into the game.
• NYG head coach Pat Shurmur faced fourth-and-inches near midfield. He chose not to go for it and to punt.
• DAL next possession ends in a FG and a 10-0 lead that they never relinquished.
• A close and tough decision for Shurmur here. Interestingly, he later chose to go for two fourth-down opportunities that were longer and deeper in his own territory.
• DAL offensive and defensive game plans were good. On offense, they came out aggressive and immediately got their WRs into the game. The Cowboys used multiple formations, and effectively used WR Tavon Austin. QB Dak Prescott runs off RPOs were decisive and successful. On defense, DC Rod Marinelli blitzed very, very effectively and got home often on key downs, especially on first down numerous times to snuff out Giants drives before they could gain momentum.
• DAL did a good job with tempo on offense and looked far more crisp in their pace out of the huddle and over the ball.
• Giants DC James Bettcher did a very good job keeping DAL in check after an early 10-0 lead. His defense kept giving the offense opportunities to climb back into the game. Excellent in-game adjustments kept forcing DAL punts when DAL could have run away in this game much sooner.
• Alternatively, the Giants offensively kept getting out-guessed on their play calls. They never seemed to consistently guess correctly as to when DAL would blitz, and they did not use their personnel well. WR Odell Beckham Jr. was an afterthought, and the game plan seemed overly centered on RB Saquon Barkley.