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On paper, it was Daula Cowboys' most distorted road win of 201
It's hard to trust Dallas, who lags 2 – 7 at 12-3 before New York starts beating at the end of the first half. A good team would not allow the Cowboys to return to the game, not even mediocre. Dallas was lucky to play horribly and is now 5-3 with just one win over a team with a winning record.
The Cowboys found the end zone on only one of three possessions in the red zone, made two turnovers and were called for 10 penalties for 104 yards. The offense turned into just one of his first seven attempts for a third down, and it wasn't until the Giants unraveled that Dallas took advantage of New York's apparent discrepancies to pull away.
The poor start was blamed on a team that had two weeks to prepare.
Against pass protection entering Week 9, ranked 28th by Football underdogs in defense-adjusted value above average, Cowboy quarterback Duck Prescott was only 2-over – 9 on passes that went 15 yards or more, and his performance as a deep passer would be worse if he didn't take advantage of cheap cheap defense for interfering with rookie pass DeAndre Baker.
That came in 3rd and 6th early in the fourth quarter, and the drive resulted in insurance for the Cowboys, who still didn't look comfortable, while the much less comfortable Giants lost six yards of subsequent driving before crying uncle with a point .
It was never a blow, but it looked like after defensive tackle Jordan Lewis escaped and scored after a stroke after a fortunate giant quarterback, Daniel Jones, in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter.
It was Jonah's – and New York's – third turnover in the last 31 minutes of what was a close game for most of the night. And while Xavier Woods and Dorance Armstrong deserve credit for forcing Jones into two families, they both make a mark on Jones' rookies, and intercepting the 22-year-old was a gift .
It was one of the ugliest three wins you will see, and it should not inspire confidence that the Cowboys can handle an uphill stretch against the 6-3 Minnesota Vikings (shortstop first), 3 -4-1 (but competitive) Detroit Lions (on the road) and 8-1 New England Patriots (also away from home). Even then, they face the 6-2 Buffalo Bills, defending NFC defending champion Los Angeles Rams and possibly fired Philadelphia Eagles in three of their last five games, with the last game coming to Philly.
Dallas let's you be that scumbag against one of these teams.
His opponents combined record is 24-36, but his next four opponents are 23-10-1. Minnesota and New England rarely make critical mistakes the way the Giants just did, and strong defensive defenses like those belonging to Minnesota, New England, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and the Chicago Bears won't allow Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard to govern the way they did against the soft D. New York. Those two, combined for 160 yards on 26, carry Monday night.
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None of this means that we should write off the Cowboys as a bad team. Elliott is a game changer who has gone over 100 yards in three straight outs. Prescott has his moments and he entered Week 9 with the best QBR in the league in the league . They get healthier after offensive offensives earlier this year, Michael Gallup revelations against Amari Cooper, and the defense begins to rediscover its groove in front (producing 11 quarterbacks and five sacks on Monday).  And Dallas totally deserves to lead a bad division. Jason Gareth's squad is 4-0 against NFC East foes, with four wins coming in double figures.
But let's not pretend that the Cowboys deserve to be viewed at the same level as their counterparts in the NFC, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. New Orleans and Green Bay already beat Dallas this season, and San Francisco defeats everyone it has faced.
The Cowboys deserve our skepticism until they defeat Minnesota or New England – or at least until they have consistently strong performances.  Despite reading the scoreboard before MetLife Stadium lights on Monday night, it's something they haven't done since mid-September.
Brad Gagan covers the 2012 NFL Report on Bleacher.