The Dallas Cowboys had another late-game scare against the Giants, but this time, they were able to close things out and get their first win of the season on the road against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Tony Romo threw an interception early, but a couple of touchdown passes to Kevin Ogletree gave the Cowboys at 14-3 lead. After an Ahmad Bradshaw touchdown got the Giants within four points, Dallas answered in a big way with a touchdown pass from Romo to Miles Austin on 1st and 30.
The Giants scored again with around three minutes remaining on a Martellus Bennett touchdown catch, but they were unable to stop the Cowboys on third and 10 just before the two-minute warning. The Cowboys sealed the deal when Romo found Ogletree again on that third down play, cementing Ogletree as the top waiver wire pickup in your fantasy football leagues.
The Giants’ defense was bending for most of the game, but they finally broke in the second half. Dallas’ defense bent back pretty far, but the offense made a big play when it mattered most and was able to run the clock out after a couple of DeMarco Murray runs.
Fantasy Football Review
I told you to play Eli Manning, which was a mistake. Romo was the big play in this game and I had him in a couple of leagues. I am very pleased with his performance, and this is the type of “boom or bust” that we’ve come to expect from him. Manning was unable to get into rhythm, and some of his receivers–Cruz–struggled with drops uncharacteristically.
I also told you to play DeMarco Murray, and that was a smart move. Murray carried the ball 20 times for 131 yards and also added two receptions. If you own him in a PPR league, you got some really good points even though he didn’t score a touchdown, and that’s something to look forward to.
The other play that I asked you to make was to put in any one of the four top receivers in this game. I was leaving out the most productive (Ogletree) but you probably got solid points from three out of the four suggestions. Dez Bryant had 4 catches for 85 yards, Miles Austin had 73 yards and a touchdown, and Victor Cruz had six catches for 58 yards. The only “sure thing” who didn’t show up was Hakeem nicks, with just four catches for 38 yards.