ARLINGTON, Texas — Beaten and battered is no way to spend a weekend afternoon, but the luckless Giants were powerless to prevent getting beat and getting beaten up Sunday.
They looked on in horror as running back Saquon Barkley, quarterback Daniel Jones and receiver Kenny Golladay went down, and out, in a debilitating first half inside AT&T Stadium. At full strength, the Giants were probably overmatched against the Cowboys. With their offense in tatters, they got left behind in a 44-20 loss that once again puts their season on the brink of irrelevance.
This is an incredibly harmful turn of events for the Giants, who fell to 1-4 and plow ahead with significant concern for their top players on offense.
The Giants lost Barkley midway through the first quarter with an ankle injury and lost Jones late in the second quarter to a concussion when he came up woozy after getting stopped for no gain on the Dallas 1-yard line. The Giants played the entire second half without Golladay, who sustained a knee injury.
Given that Jones looked out on his feet and needed assistance to get up and lift himself onto the cart to assist him off the field, there are no guarantees the 24-year-old will be available to play in Week 6. He will be in concussion protocol until he is given medical clearance to return. The injury to Barkley’s left ankle looks to be a low ankle sprain, a tough blow for a player who was rounding into form coming off reconstructive knee surgery.
Moments after Jones was forced out, Devontae Booker took a handoff from Mike Glennon and leaped into the end zone, pulling the Giants even at 10-10. Somehow. They could not keep pace, though, unable to hold down the potent Dallas attack and unable to mount much of a threat with backup Mike Glennon at quarterback and so many offensive weapons out of commission.
Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes for the Cowboys (4-1) and Ezekiel Elliott ran for more than 100 yards to delight the crowd of 93,476.
Seeing their marquee offensive players carted off the field was a sickening sight for the Giants. That they hung in as long as they did was commendable, but ultimately another fruitless trip to a place that continues to haunt them.
Troy Aikman, the Fox analyst and former Cowboys quarterback, angered the Giants by saying last week the Giants “are not in Dallas’ class.’’ The truth hurts, though. And it is not as if Aikman said anything the masses already didn’t know or at least suspected about these two franchises.
This was the fifth consecutive loss for the Giants in Jerry Jones’ spectacular football palace and it put on display the differences between these two NFC East rivals. The Cowboys are indeed the class of the division. The Giants? They are alone in last place in a division that is not exactly teeming with quality teams.
Barkley went down and out after he leaped for a sailing pass, collided with Golladay and landed awkwardly on the foot of Dallas cornerback Jourdan Lewis, causing Barkley’s left ankle to buckle. It swelled up immediately and he was ruled out quickly.
Late in the second quarter, Jones, from the Dallas 1-yard line, tried to beat linebacker Jabril Cox and defensive end Chauncy Golston to the front left corner of the end zone. Jones got caught, though, and endured a helmet-to-helmet hit from Cox. Jones went down and nearly fell over as he tried to get back to his feet. He did not regain his equilibrium and the cart came out to get him.
One bright spot for the Giants on offense: Rookie receiver Kadarius Toney, who caught 10 passes for 189 yards but got ejected in the fourth quarter for throwing a punch.
Even with Jones healthy, this was back to the bad old days, as far as Jones having no time to do much of anything in a rapidly collapsing pocket. He misfired on his first six passes — a sharp contrast to the way he sliced and diced the Saints a week earlier. Jones’ first connection came after he used every ounce of his athletic ability to escape heavy pressure and fired deep downfield, where Toney outmaneuvered cornerback Anthony Brown for a 43-yard reception. That led to a Graham Gano field goal to pull the Giants within 10-3.
Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter ruptured his Achilles tendon in this building last season and he came up with a huge play in his return, deflecting a Prescott pass on the first Cowboys series and then diving for an interception. The Giants’ defense was getting gashed but hanging tough, until CeeDee Lamb ran by top cornerback James Bradberry on a 49-yard touchdown pass play for a 10-0 Cowboys lead early in the second quarter.
After the Giants pulled even, the Cowboys got a scoring pass to Amari Cooper to pull ahead 17-10 at halftime. They put the game to bed with a 98-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard touchdown run by Elliott with 7:34 remaining. The Cowboys added a field goal and a pick-six in the final two minutes after Booker scored on a 3-yard pass from Glennon.
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