Giants Shut Down Dez Bryant (Again) and Beat the Cowboys (Again)

Bryan Brandom
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For the second time this season, the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys. Also for the second time this year, the G-Men held Dallas star wideout Dez Bryant to one measly catch.

And his teammates are really wishing he hadn't made that lone snag in the 10-7 Giants victory.

Because it led to a game-changing turnover. With a struggling Dak Prescott attempting to lead a comeback from down three with under three minutes remaining, the quarterback found his All-Pro receiver for his first catch of the day.

He promptly fumbled the chance away.

“It was just an unfortunate situation. I’m at a loss for words,” Bryant said after the loss. “I can’t believe it came out, but it did. We made too many mistakes and it cost us.”

Bryant's one catch came on nine targets. In the team's Week 1 meeting—a 20-19 Giants victory—the wideout made one catch on five targets for eight yards. In both contests, he was almost always marked by Janoris Jenkins.

“You have to give them credit,” Bryant said. “They played great defense. They played defense for all four quarters. You have to give it to them.”

In the first three quarters Jenkins' defense on Dez caused two interceptions. The first was his own, when Bryant slipped and the cornerback reacted.

On the second, Jenkins cut Bryant off on a deep route, allowing Leon Hall to make an uncontested pick.

Jenkins also defended Bryant on the Cowboys' final play of the game, a fourth-and-10 pass from Dallas' three-yard line that went incomplete to seal the Giants' victory.

The Giants shut Dallas out in the second half. And while New York's offense was just about as ineffective as the Cowboys', one big play from Odell Beckham—a 61-yard touchdown strike—was the difference to push New York to a 9-4 record, two games behind Dallas in the NFC East with the tiebreaker in hand. 

The Cowboys' two losses to the Giants are their only defeats on the year.

“I just did my job,’’ said Jenkins, who this offseason signed a five-year, $62.5 million contract with the Giants. “This was a great job by our defense, everybody came out and made plays. This is just playing football. No slap-talking. I always enjoy my matchups.’’