Boy, I'm still shaking. That was a typical NFC East game. A little smashmouth, a little stretch the defense, bigtime hitting, excellent defensive stunts for both teams, goalline drama, and key turnovers. Well, maybe 15 to 20 years ago this would have been more "shove it down your throat", but with the passing weapons each team has, how can you not utilize them? What I saw out there was a Dallas Cowboy team that looked like they blew their wad a little, but was just able to move the ball enough to escape with a win. I also saw a Giants team that showed excellent energy and poise, but eventually got worn down on defense to come up short. Eli Manning had a tough game to grow on today. Dallas went after him very hard, yet he kept his poise and almost pulled out a tough game on the road. Question: How did Keyshawn catch that ball? Don't know what the situation is with Crayton and Adams. I think Crayton is out for the year. Peerless Price - here is your opportunity. Al Johnson had a horrible game today. Give credit to the Giant coaches for atacking the center more effectively that Philadelphia last week. They had to have seen something in game films. Who looked good for the Giants? - Strahan (hello Pettiti - good bye Pettiti) - LaRoache (I think was his first game under fire) - Shockey - Tyree (special teams coverage) - #54 (I'm forgetting his name) Who looked good for the Cowboys? - Marion Barber - Keyshawn Johnson - LeRoi Glover - Terrance Newman - Special teams coverage on Ponder Plays that had me shaking my head: - The kickoff right before halftime. Why didn't Ponder just let it go out of bounds and give Eli the ball at the 40? Instead, he gave Dallas an opportunity to make it 10-6 at halftime. - The pass to Shockey to the sideline that was incomplete. Seemed to me that he had just as much possession as Keyshawn on his fumble in the first quarter. - 3rd and ten on the 1 yard line. I thought that was only the second terrible call of the game. The other was the screen pass when Dallas was on the Giants 10 (tipped by Clancy). You never run a screen when you are so close to the goalline. Everybody is so bunched up!!! Other tidbits: - Dallas held the Giants to about 92 yards total offense for the first 56 minutes of the game. The Giants ended up with 270. This is why Dallas is still a year away. They almost blew another divisional home game. - Possession - Dallas 38:21, Giants 21:39. Yet Dallas had to win this in overtime. What have we learned so far after six weeks? 1. The NFC East has come out of its shell. Despite losing tough games, the Giants and Skins were not blown out (although Dallas should have won be a greater margin than they did). Philly is not dead either. 2. Dallas will go as far as their offensive line will take them. The offensive line is not opening holes like they did late last year. 3. The Giants have been relying on the big play more than any other team in the NFL. To their credit, they have been getting them. 4. Witten and Shockey are worthy of the Pro Bowl at this moment. Both made big plays for their teams.