5 takeaways from the Dallas Cowboys victory over the Giants

The Dallas Cowboys 2017 season finally kicked off Sunday night with a huge 19-3 win.  Dallas hosted division rival New York Giants in the first of the two important meetings this year. Both teams made the playoffs last year. But it was Dallas who won the NFC East despite dropping both games to the Giants a season ago. In order to take the next step forward Dallas knew they couldn’t drop what would of been a fourth consecutive game to New York.

Unlike both games last season, Dallas set the tone early. Lead by Dak Prescott and Jason Witten Dallas came out throwing on offense instead of relying on the running game for a change. The passing game kept the stout defensive line of the Giants honest, not allowing them to focus on Ezekiel Elliott and the run.  But it was surprisingly the defense that showed their dominance from the start. Continuously getting pressure on Eli Manning and not allowing the Giants to get into any rhythm. The Cowboys won in all phases of the game in a dominate 19-3 victory. A victory that should give them plenty of confidence going forward. Here are five important takeaways from last night.

1. Ezekiel Elliott looked sharp

It was fair to assume Elliott would need some time to shake off the rust. Due to the controversy surrounding Elliott, the star running back missed weeks of practice and only appeared briefly in the third preseason game. That said, Elliott showed no signs of rust. Going against a team he struggled with last season, Elliott showed his usual burst and aggressive running style from the start,…

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