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If only Dallas could play the Cowboys every week - it's the only team they consistently beat

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In case you were not keeping score at home, Dallas had 28 first downs against the Giants' 11. Dallas won time of possession by almost five minutes and outgained New York by 141 yards. The Giants had more penalties and penalty yards.

Then again:

1. "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"
2. "Outside of the murders, the crime rate in DC is really low."
3. "Except for the 6 turnovers, the Cowboys played really well."

This game went 23-0 Giants; 24-0 Cowboys; 6-0 Giants. The only unit not at fault is the defense, and even they were very good, but not great.

As Jimmy Johnson said after the game, it's not about how many great plays you make, it's about how few bad plays you make. The Giants did next to nothing offensively, but they didn't screw up too much.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, clearly do not practice. I don't care if Romo made a bad read or a receiver ran a bad route. If you practice, that stuff doesn't happen - at least not this often. If you care about ball security, Dez and Felix do not fumble like that. The Dallas Cowboys do not preach or care about ball security. Obviously.

In the worst season (by far) of his career, Romo just played the worst game (by far) he's ever played against the Giants. He had 13 TDs and 2 INTs in his last five starts against New York. Today it was 1 TD and 4 INTs. I'll scratch #4 because it was fourth down, but the first three...come on, man. I get it that receivers run bad routes and I get it that defenses make great plays...but...come on, man. Watch film. Practice.

At this point in the 2010 season, the team was 1-6, but somehow, they seem even worse this year. Wade was had just coached his 55th game. Garrett has just coached his 31st. How many more does he get? Wade got one.

I have said for at least five years that the talent may not be what we fans think it is, but the fact of the matter is that this same core of players played cleaner, more disciplined ball under the last two head coaches. I like Jason Garrett, but let's step back and look at the big picture. The team beats itself with penalties and turnovers that are the result of mental errors.

Eli Manning was 15 of 29, with no TDs and one INT. Eli Manning did not beat the Cowboys.

The Cowboys beat the Cowboys. Again.