ARLINGTON, Texas. The New York Giants had seen the reality of their loss to the Detroit Lions four days earlier.
Now came the bowel test.
Because for all the optimism that surrounded Brian Daball’s Giants during the first three months of the season, and rightly so given the franchise’s best start since 2008, they took to the field at AT&T Stadium for their Thanksgiving Day clash against Dallas. Cowboys.” in a heap of uncertainty.
Injuries. Injuries. Injuries. A short week of preparation from an emotional depressor in their worst performance ever.
And the challenge is facing a team from Dallas, who had their best performance in a while after scoring 40 points on the road to an 8-winning Vikings in a crushing win.
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So what did this mean for the giants? It was not an easy task to win on Turkey Day, but it was an opportunity to show your character. They did so throughout the half, taking a 13–7 lead at halftime before failing to hold on to the Cowboys. They also again lacked offensive firepower to keep up with Dallas, with a pair of touchdowns from Dak Prescott and Dalton Schultz proving too strong for overtime in Thursday’s 28-20 loss.
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Daniel Jones gave a touchdown to Richie James in the last moments to limit the score.
The Giants (7-4) needed to do better in this venue than they did at home on Sunday against the Lions. They were outnumbered, especially at cornerback without their starting tandem Adori Jackson and Fabian Moreau, leaving rookie Kor’Dal Flott, Rodarius Williams and Nick McCloud.
The Giants have lost 10 of their last 11 games to the Cowboys, including a regular this season.
While Dallas holds Philadelphia’s top spot in the NFC East, the Giants now face the challenge of fighting Washington, who they play in two of their next three games, to legally maintain their playoff chances.
The Giants needed to compete and urgently needed to show that they could be up to some things that took the Cowboys by surprise. After all, the Giants’ only chance was to cause losses and force their best players – Saquon Barkley, Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams – to turn the tide, which they did at key moments earlier this season.
The Giants caused losses, but scored only three points from them. Barkley was pinned for 39 yards on 11 carries, his second consecutive underwhelming performance that calls into question what the defense is doing to slow down the Giants’ best hitter and why it’s hard for them to get Barkley to move.
Jones is now 1-5 as a starter against the Cowboys, including four losses in games started by Dak Prescott. Meanwhile, Prescott is 10-2 in his career against the Giants, including 10 straight starts after two losses in his rookie season.
The biggest offensive game in the second half came in fourth and first infield when the Giants went for it. Jones was under pressure and misfired on a shot in favor of a wide-open Barkley, who missed and failed to complete the game as the Giants flipped the ball on a down.