THE VIEW FROM HALFTIME: Cowboys 14, Giants 7

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) drops back in the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott and Blake Jarwin connected for 2 TDs, putting Dallas in the lead.

The question when this Cowboys vs. Giants game began, at least to me, was “How will this be different from a preseason game?”

With Ezekiel Elliott, Zack Martin and Tyron Smith all sitting out, it seemed like the Dallas offense would be severely limited.

But the answer through the first two quarters is that the Cowboys are playing hard on both sides of the ball as they have taken a 14-7 lead over the Giants at halftime.

Quarterback Dak Prescott threw a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Blake Jarwin, converting red-zone opportunities after Dallas squandered one earlier in the half.

Prescott threw darts of 13 and 19 yards to Jarwin for the scores. The Cowboys tight end finished the first half with 3 catches for 42 yards and Cole Beasley caught 3 balls for 44 yards. Prescott completed passes to eight different receivers and totaled 140 passing yards in the first half, indicating that he’s sharp heading into the playoffs.

The Cowboys defense held the Giants to 103 total yards and came up with two takeaways through the first 28 minutes of action. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie intercepted an Eli Manning pass in the end zone for a touchback. Defensive lineman Antwaun Woods also grabbed a loose ball that looked like another interception, though it is apparently being ruled a fumble recovery.

However, the Giants offense woke up and produced a crisp 10-play, 73-yard touchdown drive that took just 1:35 at the end of the half.

So the big questions for the second half: Will Prescott come back out for the third quarter? Whether it’s Prescott or backup Cooper Rush at QB, can the Cowboys stay ahead of the Giants and notch win 10 of the regular season?

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