The Dallas Cowboys made interim head coach Jason Garrett proud yesterday, getting their second win of the season but also winning Garrett’s first game as a head coach. The Cowboys showed life on offense scoring 26 points behind Jon Kitna’s great game, where he threw for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns with an interception late in the game.
The Cowboys running game didn't do anything exciting but they ran the ball well enough to keep the offense balanced and the New York Giants defense guessing.
Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant had his best game yet, racking up 104 yards and a touchdown. He would have had one more big catch had it not been challenged and over ruled.
On defense, rookie defensive back Bryan McCann set a franchise record with a 101-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Cowboys played a good part of the game without starting defensive backs Terrence Newman and Mike Jenkins. Newman eventually came back but Jenkins did not due to a neck strain.
Even with that going against them, the Cowboys held the Giants to only 20 points, the same Giants team that scored 43 points the week before against Seattle.
It was both their second best defensive and offensive effort of the season. It was even more impressive considering this same defense gave up 45 points a week before to Green Bay.
There was speculation that the team quit before that game against the Packers or even before the game against the Jaguars. That would explain why those were their two worst losses of the season and why Wade Phillips is no longer the head coach.
However, they definitely didn’t quit on this game.
Whether it was because they have a new head coach or they were just sick of losing, the Cowboys won their first game ever at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
They now sit at 2-7, four games behind the NFC East leader New York Giants, who they have split the season series with. They get to stay at home this Sunday and play the Detroit Lions, who share the same record as the Cowboys but not the same level of talent.