VIEW FROM HALFTIME: Prescott, Cowboys came out firing

Cowboys wide receiver Tavon Austin (10) catches a touchdown pass in the first quarter against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas leading the Giants 10-0 at the break.

After spending a week answering questions about their woeful lack of offense in a season-opening loss to the Carolina Panthers, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys made an emphatic statement in their first couple of series against the New York Giants.

It took the Dallas offense just three plays to score as Prescott went over the top of the Giants defense for a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin.

The Cowboys kept rolling on their second drive as they gained at least 12 yards on the first four plays of the march. Prescott, playing with a chip on his shoulder and apparently in no mood to slide at the end of runs, scampered 15 yards to give the Cowboys a first down at the Giants' 22.

Dallas stalled there, but it gave kicker Brett Maher a chance to boot his first NFL field goal, a 37-yarder that put the Cowboys ahead 10-0.

The Giants were able to stop the bleeding on defense after that, but couldn't respond when they had the ball.

The Dallas defense sacked Eli Manning four times in the first half. Manning completed 16 of 20 passes, but to little effect as he threw for just 97 yards. The Cowboys out-gained the Giants 187-79 in the first half and took a 10-0 lead to the break.

The big question for the second half is can the Cowboys find their first-quarter rhythm on offense again? And will the Giants find a way to get anything done with the ball?

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