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When you think of speed, Tavon Austin is the guy that comes to mind:The offense needed a shot in the arm of explosiveness and when you can connect on a deep ball like that, it makes the defense have to account for it. Dak Prescott would go deep twice more in this game, though they didn’t connect, it effectively helped them shake loose of the Giants defense. Still, Michael Gallup has to catch this one:The Cowboys took some shots in this game which is what the offense needed and it sparked the team. It did get tougher for them after that, they only scored three more points for the half but that’s when the defense took over.B.) Getting Dak Prescott on the move, grinding down the opponent with Ezekiel ElliottThere was definitely a lull in the offensive action or the score would have been much higher for the Cowboys. However, we got to witness the Cowboys offensive coaches use the strengths of the team’s talents. It was a reversion to the method that was so successful for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in their rookie seasons. It started with letting Dak trust his instinct to run and take advantage of extra attention Elliott was getting. Here’s his first zone read run:Here’s Dak’s second zone read keeper, where he fakes the defense out well and Deonte Thompson seals off his man:These types of runs by Dak Prescott are critical to the offense’s success. The Cowboys want a healthy balance of knowing when to allow it to happen. They don’t want Dak getting hurt but he’s built to get things done with his feet in addition to his arm. The biggest threats the Cowboys have are Ezekiel Elliott, Tavon Austin, and Dak Prescott. All three were featured last night and all three made huge plays that was the difference in a win or loss.The best part of the entire night was the Cowboys first drive of the fourth quarter. It showed the true strength of their offense because it completely sealed the deal for the win. It was a 14-play drive that traveled 82-yards and took 8:23 off the clock. The drive featured passes to Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin. It also had keeper’s by Dak and runs from Ezekiel Elliott, but the important factor was that it ended with seven points. It was the Cowboys doing what they do best, controlling the tempo, and killing the clock.C.) Sacking Eli Manning into his next internet memeThe Cowboys defense is the strength of this team and it sounds so weird to say for a team that has been so offensively dominant in the recent past. Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard knew that this Giants offensive line could not handle the pressure they schemed up. What ensued was a new classic “Eli” photo for the ages:The Giants spent money on bringing in Nate Solder at left tackle, they drafted Will Hernandez, but nothing they could do would stop the “Hot Boyz”. Taco Charlton’s path on the first sack was easy as pie after the Cowboys sent the linebackers on a blitz. Taco just ran right past the line, untouched:That’s just one of six sacks the Cowboys put on Eli Manning. Six different Cowboys players sacked Eli Manning. Richard and Marinelli dialed up blitzes with their linebackers and safeties, it proved to be too much for that overmatched offensive line in New York.The Giants had four drives in the first half and the Cowboys got Manning down on three of those drives and held them to no points. Folks like to pick on the Cowboys offense but the Giants offense has a far worse trend:It’s pretty alarming for New York because on paper, they have explosive players, but games like this last one will have everyone second-guessing:That decision to load up on offensive talent around Eli Manning looms large for a lot of people that follow and cover the New York Giants. Saquon Barkley is a talented player but the Giants will forever be linked to the quarterbacks they never took:This game had lots of moments but there is nothing that stands out further than watching Eli Manning get battered and bruised for four quarters. Protection was clearly the biggest issue for the Giants. If the Cowboys weren’t sacking Eli Manning, they would have plays like this one where Manning had to have regretted the decision to take off.When you look around the league where offensive line protection is at a premium, these “Hot Boyz” are the real deal. The way the Cowboys defense played this game was one for the ages. Everyone will remember where they were when they watched the Cowboys defense throw a Sack-Fest. In a passing league, the Cowboys finally have the guys that quarterback’s have nightmares over. Rules changes and national anthem demonstrations seem to have folks inside and outside the NFL obsessed as the opening kickoff of the season approaches.Yes, the Super Bowl champion Eagles and Atlanta Falcons will open things on Thursday night in Philadelphia. What many folks wonder: Will there be any social injustice protests during "The Star-Spangled Banner?" And if players, coaches and officials will have a handle on the adjustment to use of the helmet in making a hit.Not to mention the new kickoff rules and, at last, a catch rule that seems to make sense.Those are enough issues to grab attention away from Philly's quarterback situation, as well as the progress of the five first-round QB draft choices expected to make their debuts sooner or later.Or from the return from injuries of Aaron Rodgers, J.J. 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It's a player safety adjustment for which "the goal long term is to make the game safer and take out some of these hits that should not be part of the game," says Giants owner John Mara, a member of the competition committee that recommends rules changes to the owners.The concerns on many levels focus on players adjusting to the tackling requirements and officials mastering such calls at full speed.Gene Steratore, who recently retired as an NFL (and college basketball) referee, expects the critical tempest to die down quickly."Players will adjust because they are that good," says Steratore, now an analyst for CBS after 15 seasons in the league. "Officials will, too, because they are that good. There will be a learning curve for all of them, but I think in a fast period of time, a trigger moment will come that will show right before that contact if it is worthy of a flag."The fix to the phrasing of the catch rule should eliminate the kind of calls — on Jesse James, Dez Bryant et al — many found bogus."Control. If it looks like a catch and smells like a catch, it's a catch," says Troy Vincent, the NFL's chief of football operations. "(The rule) had become convoluted: what you should do, what you shouldn't do. It should be clear as day. So our job was to simplify and we put it in practical terms."The other major rule alteration is on kickoffs, where coverage team players no longer can take a running start, and there are regulations on where kick team players can be overall and how they can block."This is certainly a way of trying to keep the kickoff in the game and attempting to cut down on high-speed collisions," Mara says. 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The others — Cleveland's Mayfield, Buffalo's Allen, the Jets' Darnold and Arizona's Rosen — are with teams considered outsiders in the playoff chase and it makes sense as early as prudent to see if they are the franchise QBs they were drafted to be.COACHESNew coaches in charge of the Cardinals, Titans, Lions, Giants, Bears and Raiders include four newbies to being in charge: Detroit's Matt Patricia, Chicago's Matt Nagy, Tennessee's Mike Vrabel and Arizona's Steve Wilks. All of them made their marks as proficient coordinators and bring freshness and toughness to their franchises.Vrabel, of course, has three Super Bowl rings as a player with New England, which surely earns him some respect in the locker room. If he's considered a product of the Belichick coaching tree, though, Vrabel could struggle; few of the Patriots coach's prots have had much success as a head man in the NFL.So the same goes for Patricia, although he has far more experience in coaching.New York's Pat Shurmur had a short stint in charge in Cleveland and probably didn't get a fair shake. The Giants desperately needed a culture change after the 2017 debacle."I have seen just about all I could see from the top of the mountain to having the second pick in the draft," Mara says. "Last year still is somewhat of a shock to me, going from a preseason Super Bowl contender to being the second-worst team in the league. It was a perfect storm, just an avalanche of injuries, locker room issues, a relatively inexperienced head coach (Ben McAdoo) who hadn't had to deal with any of that in the past, and some draft classes not all that productive. And it adds up to a bad season."Oakland also comes off a bad season following a playoff appearance, and the Raiders made the biggest splash by bringing back (and out of the broadcast booth) Jon Gruden. There's lots of excitement in the Black Hole and throughout the Bay Area about Gruden, who clearly has stamped his personality on the roster by trading his best player, holdout pass rusher Khalil Mack."I love the Raider fans, I love Oakland, and that's the primary reason why I'm standing here," he says.PURSUING HISTORYVinatieri is a marvel. The NFL's oldest player at 45, he begins his 23rd pro season in range to pass Hall of Famer Morten Andersen as the leading scorer. He was dependable for a decade in New England and then a dozen years in Indianapolis.He needs seven field goals to pass Andersen (565) for the most field goals. Andersen scored 2,544 points in a league-record 382 games and Vinatieri needs 58 points to break the record."It's one of those things that I haven't really though too much about it," he says. "I'm still just trying to help my team win games and keep on putting chapters in this book, and if that happens, fantastic."