Bryant and Murray were unstoppable for Cowboys against Giants.

By Annie Ross

It is often said that the NFL season — 16 games over 17 weeks that starts in the summer sun and ends in the winter cold — is a marathon and not a sprint..

Of course, the people who say that are often the worst teams in the league who have gotten off to a dismal start.

Well, it’s only October 20, but the Giants have sent a clear message to the Eagles and Cowboys that they are just not good enough.

That’s the undeniable conclusion after Eagles 27, Giants 0 last week in Philly was followed by Cowboys 31, Giants 21, on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

“We obviously slipped a little bit,” Mathias Kiwanuka said. “That’s disappointing. By no means are we out of it. So we got to make sure we don’t harp on it too much, that we take our lumps today and tomorrow and then move on from it.”

Expecting to sweep back-to-back divisional road games was greedy. A split was realistic. Getting swept is damaging and humbling.

They were never in the game in Philly, they hung with the Cowboys until deep into the fourth quarter and would have had a chance to send the game into OT if the defense could have gotten them the ball instead of giving up a time-consuming field goal drive.

But the result is all that matters: Eagles and Cowboys 58, Giants 21.

It’s not easy to win division games on the road, and the Giants can certainly flip the script when they get the Birds and ’Boys at home, but with the brutal stretch of the Colts at home, Seahawks on the road and 49ers at home in the first three games following next week’s bye, the rematch with the Cowboys, which comes up right after the San Francisco game, may not even be significant if Tom Coughlin can’t get things turned around.

“There’s nine games left,” Prince Amukamara said. “Nobody wins the division in October. So we just have to be great in November and December.”

The Giants, who are 3-4, are already three games behind the Cowboys, who are 6-1. The Eagles are 5-1.

Big Blue’s recent three-game winning streak came against the Texans, who had the top pick in the 2014 draft, Washington, which had the second pick (traded to the Rams in the RG3 trade) and the Falcons, who had the sixth pick. None of those teams has a winning record. All four losses are against teams with winning records.

When the Giants step up in class, they’re a dud.

They couldn’t control DeMarco Murray, who had 128 yards, breaking the record of consecutive 100-yard games to start the season with seven. After controlling Dez Bryant in the first half, he exploded in the second half and finished with nine catches for 151 yards. Tight end Jason Witten, who usually destroys the Giants, had only two catches for 27 yards, but the No. 2 tight end, Gavin Escobar, had two touchdown catches.

Tony Romo was 17-of-23 for 279 yards and three TDs. His only interception came when Bryant fell down and the ball floated right to Amukamara, whose 38-yard return in the second quarter set up a one-play TD drive when Eli Manning connected with Daniel Fells for a 27-yard score to give the Giants a 14-7 lead.


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