Cowboys rip error-prone Giants 40-0 for worst shutout loss within the sequence between NFC East rivals

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The Giants’ shutout loss was the biggest between the groups, topping the Cowboys’ 35-0 win in 1995, additionally in a season-opener within the Meadowlands.

Dallas Cowboys' DaRon Bland reacts as he scores.
Dallas Cowboys’ DaRon Bland, left, reacts as he scores after intercepting the move meant for New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley through the first half of an NFL soccer recreation, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. AP Photograph/Adam Starvation

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys haven’t solely put a ways between themselves and the New York Giants within the NFC East, they confirmed Sunday night time they will be a contender for greater than a division title.

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In the event that they play this manner all season, proprietor Jerry Jones might need a championship contender once more.

Noah Igbinoghene returned a blocked subject purpose 58 yards for a landing on the opening sequence, DaRon Bland scored on a pick-6 later within the first quarter and the Cowboys embarrassed the Giants once more, posting a season-opening 40-0 victory Sunday night time.

“It’s the primary recreation,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott mentioned. “That’s y’all’s job to write down no matter assertion it must be. For us, it’s about not getting forward of ourselves. Persevering with to remain disciplined, to indicate the self-discipline. Not solely what we did by these 4 quarters, however taking that and ensuring we use it all through our preparation this week.”

Tony Pollard scored on two brief landing runs and Dallas pressured three turnovers and sacked Daniel Jones seven instances in shutting down New York’s supposedly improved offense and beating the Giants for the fifth straight time and twelfth in thirteenth conferences.

The Giants’ shutout loss was the biggest between the groups, topping the Cowboys’ 35-0 win in 1995, additionally in a season-opener within the Meadowlands. It was additionally the Cowboys’ greatest shutout victory in any recreation, topping their 38-0 win over the Baltimore Colts in 1978.

“I noticed this earlier than anyone,” Cowboys edge rusher Micah Parsons mentioned. “I mentioned I can’t wait to get to New York. I knew it was coming. With ‘execution meets preparation,’ there isn’t any one that may beat it. We’ve already felt this. We’ve been to conflict earlier than. We knew the usual.”

This was presupposed to be the sport that confirmed whether or not the Giants had closed the hole on Dallas and defending NFC champion Philadelphia within the NFC East.

Sufficient mentioned.

The Cowboys didn’t want a lot from Prescott and the offense. They obtained two subject targets from new kicker Brandon Aubrey and Pollard obtained Dallas’ first TD on offense on a 2-yard run halfway by the second quarter to push the benefit to 26-0 at halftime.

The halftime shutout margin was the fourth-most lopsided in Week 1 for a house group, topped solely by the Bucs trailing the Eagles 34-0 in 1988. The others had been the Steelers (down 30-0 vs. the Browns) in 1989 and the Colts (27-0 vs. the Rams) in 1954.

Pollard, the Cowboys’ lead working again after the discharge of Ezekiel Elliott through the offseason, had a 1-yard run within the third quarter. KaVontae Turpin added a 7-yard TD run within the fourth.

The sport modified on the opening sequence. New York took the opening kickoff, rolled down the sector and reached the Dallas 8 behind the working of Saquon Barkley and Jones. On a third-and-2, left sort out Andrew Thomas moved early and rookie heart John-Michael Schmitz — a second-round decide — made a foul snap that Jones recovered again on the 27.

Graham Gano’s 45-yard subject purpose try was blocked by Juanyeh Thomas, who jumped between a crack on the finish of the road and simply blocked the kick. Igbinoghene picked up the ball on the 42 and was not touched on his solution to scoring.

After Aubrey kicked a 21-yard subject purpose, Bland scored on the following sequence. Cornerback Trevon Diggs hit Barkley whereas the working again caught a swing move, the ball popped within the air and Bland caught it and scored.

The sport was by no means shut after that, simply to indicate how unhealthy the Giants performed, Gano missed a 36-yarder with 1:05 left within the half, leaving coach Brian Daboll shaking his head.

Daboll provided no excuses after the sport and gave credit score to Dallas.

“I’m targeted on making an attempt to enhance, and there’s quite a bit to enhance,” mentioned the second-year head coach who led New York to the playoffs final season. “It’s one recreation. It wasn’t recreation and I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It was a foul recreation and it’s on me.”

Jones completed 15 of 28 for 104 yards with a quarterback ranking of 32.4. Prescott was 13 of 24 for 143 in beating the Giants for the eleventh straight time.

“One loss shouldn’t be going to outline the season for us,” mentioned veteran broad receiver Sterling Shepard, the Giants’ longest-tenured participant. “This can be a fix-it shortly and we’ve obtained to get again to work as quickly as attainable.”

Accidents

Cowboys: Beginning LG Tyler Smith was inactive due to a hamstring harm sustained Monday. Chuma Edoga changed him earlier than leaving within the third quarter. T.J. Bass changed Edoga.

Giants: CB Deonte Banks left the sector late within the first half with cramps and didn’t return. … Gano was cleated on the blocked subject purpose try. He mentioned he has kicked with worse illnesses.

Notes: U.S. Open champion Coco Gauff was on the sector earlier than the sport. The 19-year-old gained her first Grand Slam title Saturday, rallying to beat Aryna Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 within the last. … It was Thomas’ first profession blocked subject purpose in his first profession recreation, and Igbinoghene’s first profession TD in his first recreation with the Cowboys.

Up subsequent

Cowboys: Return dwelling, however can’t get away from New York groups as they’ll face Aaron Rodgers and the Jets on Sunday.

Giants: Journey to Arizona to play the Cardinals on Sunday.


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