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Giants grab 13-9 lead just before halftime

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) prepares to throw a pass as he warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) AP

The Cowboys have moved the ball rather easily against the Giants defense right until they get close to the end zone, which is when things stall out and they settle for field goals.

The Giants haven’t had the same problem. They’ve scored two touchdowns on their three possessions, showing the kind of quick-strike ability that will make them an NFC East contender if they can sort things out on defense. Eli Manning hit rookie Sterling Shepard with a 10-yard touchdown pass with seconds to play in the second quarter and the Giants lead 13-9 at halftime after Randy Bullock missed an extra point.

Manning also threw a 15-yard touchdown to Will Tye that was set up by a 45-yard strike to Odell Beckham. Beckham beat Orlando Scandrick on the play and Scandrick, who missed all of last year with a torn ACL, soon departed for the locker room with a hamstring injury. He is questionable to return.

Manning also found Victor Cruz three times in his return to the lineup after nearly two seasons on the shelf with injuries. One was a 23-yarder for a first down before Shepard’s touchdown, which made for a nice moment after so much doubt about Cruz’s ability to return to the field.

Dak Prescott had nice moments while going 14-of-19 for 134 yards in his regular season debut and the Cowboys had the ball for 22:04 of the half. They still trail, though, and touchdowns will be a must in the second half given how quickly the Giants have put points on the board.

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11 Responses to “Giants grab 13-9 lead just before halftime”
  1. mattbilleauthor says: Sep 11, 2016 5:53 PM

    Every single human being who follows the Cowboys has the same thought right now: the Cowboys made some good moves this offseason, but all on offense, and Jones failed the team by not adding a single player to a bad secondary in which only one of the four starters is worthy of the name.

  2. arrogantnation says: Sep 11, 2016 5:53 PM

    Great to see a healthy Victor Cruz out there. He, Sterling and Odell form one of the most explosive wide receiving corps in the league. Pick your poison.

  3. jakec4 says: Sep 11, 2016 5:54 PM

    Prescott on pace for 40 pass attempts. Don’t know about all that for a rookie.

    Giants may have a very potent passing attack this season.

  4. demskinsbaby says: Sep 11, 2016 6:03 PM

    Ezekiel is only averaging 2.3 a carry.. Not as easy a job as he thought.

  5. californiaqid says: Sep 11, 2016 6:04 PM

    I want to look away when Joe Buck looks into the camera.

  6. famundacheese says: Sep 11, 2016 6:35 PM

    Are Zeke and Trent Richardson the same person?

  7. demskinsbaby says: Sep 11, 2016 7:05 PM

    Darren McFadden is looking pretty good right now…lol.

  8. demskinsbaby says: Sep 11, 2016 7:12 PM

    Fantasy league anyone?

  9. jag1959 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:26 PM

    Cruz contributing, just awesome.

  10. nygnjd says: Sep 11, 2016 8:46 PM

    Larry Donnell caught that first NYG TD, not Will Tye. They are both Giant TE’s but LD is #82 and Tye is #45, hard to mix them up.

  11. bkostela says: Sep 11, 2016 9:38 PM

    nygnjd says:
    Sep 11, 2016 8:46 PM
    Larry Donnell caught that first NYG TD, not Will Tye. They are both Giant TE’s but LD is #82 and Tye is #45, hard to mix them up.
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    right and wrong. donnell is 84

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