The Cowboys big three of QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray and WR Dez Bryant are difficult to stop and practically impossible to completely contain. The Giants hung in for as long as they could, but they simply don't have the speed or depth on defense to go to-to-toe with Dallas. Right now, few teams do.
DL: Cullen Jenkins left the game after 11 plays after injuring his calf. The DL rotation was upset with Jon Hankins and Mike Patterson playing additional snaps. Hankins had another strong game as did DE Jason Pierre-Paul (six tackles, two sacks), who palyed 60 of 62 snaps and took advantage of Pro Bowler Tyron Smith (ankle). But...they could not stuff Murray as planned. He ran through and around the line with regularity, even after turning his ankle. They got some pressure on Romo, but in the end, it was not enough. Romo was able extend plays and find open receivers.
LBs: With MLB Jon Beason (foot/toe) departing after just 17 plays, the unit had to shuffle up again. Jameel McClain slid into Beason's spot and rookie Devon Kennard took over at SAM. Jacquian Williams played all 62 defensive snaps and had seven tackles (six solo). The unit was in reaction mode most of the day trying to contain Murray, who got loose a few times. Overall, an average performance.
DBs: Prince Amukamara drew the short straw and was assigned Dez Bryant duty. He had a rough afternoon as many that try to cover Bryant usually do. Aside from two passes defended and an interception in which Bryant fell down, Prince was in pursuit most of the day. Bryant didn't score but he did just about everything else, catching nine balls for 151 yards. Jayron Hosley, in his debut as slot corner, made only one tackle in 15 snaps. Zack Bowman started at corner in place of DRC, who was limited to 15 snaps as was S Stevie Brown. No matter who was out there, they couldn't keep up with the speedy Cowboys. Backup TE Gavin Escobar had two TD grabs and WR Terrance Williams befitted from Romo's ability to extend plays for another TD.
ST: Josh Brown buried all four of his kickoffs for touchbacks negating any chance for a Cowboys return. P Steve Weatherford punted five times for a net average of 39.9. Dallas PR Dwayne Harris had only six yards on two returns. The other three punts were not returned. One went for a touchback and the other two were downed inside the 20.