NFL: Giants 35, Cowboys 14
By Tom Canavan
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ó Halfway through the season, it’s safe to say the Super Bowl champion New York Giants are the team to beat in the NFC, and the injury ravaged Dallas Cowboys ó the preseason favorite ó will need to make a run after their bye just to make the postseason.
Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, Brandon Jacobs rushed for 117 yards and a score and the Giants defense took advantage of the continued absence of the injured Tony Romo to intercept three passes in a 35-14 victory on Sunday.
“When a football team comes in here and it is kind of depleted as far as injuries go, you don’t want to give them any sunlight,” said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. “You don’t want to give them any light whatsoever.”
In winning their five straight at home, the Giants (7-1) were in control from start in opening a three-game lead over the defending NFC East champion Cowboys (5-4) in the division.
The loss was the third in four games for Dallas, which fell into last place in the division behind Washington (6-2) and Philadelphia (5-3), not something anyone expected from the team many considered the favorite to win the NFC.
“We still have seven games left and we need to go on a run,” Cowboys linebacker Bradie James said.
There was plenty wrong on Sunday. Despite getting three turnovers and a score from his defense, the Cowboys were still blown out.
Manning threw touchdown passes of 13 yards to Kevin Boss, five to Steve Smith and 11 to Amani Toomer, with the scores by Smith and Toomer being set up by Corey Webster’s interceptions of Brad Johnson, Romo’s replacement.