Brian Daboll seethes after Dallas Cowboys roll Giants in Thanksgiving Day ‘Odell Bowl’

ARLINGTON — Giants head coach Brian Daboll was seething after the Dallas Cowboys cooked the Giants’ turkey on Thanksgiving Day in the “Odell Bowl,” 28-20, at a rowdy AT&T Stadium.

“Yeah, I think we missed some opportunities,” an angry and terse Daboll said. “We’ve got to do a better job. It starts with me.”

The reality was on Daboll’s face and in every word he and his players spoke inside a dead-quiet locker room: This second loss to their hated NFC East rivals hit the hardest of their four defeats so far.

“Yeah. I think it is a tough loss,” quarterback Daniel Jones said. “It’s a divisional game and a game where we didn’t play our best. That’s always disappointing. You’ve got to give credit to Dallas. They’re a good team. But we didn’t do what we needed to do to win the game. That was the difference, and it’s frustrating for all of us.”

The Cowboys (8-3) humbled the Giants (7-4), who have lost three of their last four. And Dallas inched one step closer to winning the Odell Beckham Jr. free agent sweepstakes.

But the Giants’ primary source of concern is that Saquon Barkley, the engine of their upstart season, has stalled out.

Barkley dropped a 4th and 1 pass from Jones with 4:07 left in the third quarter at the Giants’ 44-yard line, snowballing Dallas’ strong second-half start into an avalanche.

And Barkley was bottled up for 39 rushing yards on 12 carries. That gives him a total of 61 rushing yards on 26 carries in the Giants’ past two games for a 2.34 yards per carry average.

Barkley was accountable and frustrated with himself. He took responsibility for the fourth down drop.

“I gotta make that play,” he said. “That’s it. I just gotta make the play. [Daboll] trusted us to go for it on 4th and 1 and make the play, and I didn’t make the play there for us. I gotta be better.”

Barkley also said improving the running game’s improvement starts with him.

“I gotta do a better job,” he said. “When the run game’s not working, it starts with the running back. So I gotta be better there, too. I view myself as a dynamic player. And that’s the type of player I want to be and I’ve got to be for this team.”

Jones contended he was at fault for putting that pass low and behind Barkley.

“Just a bad throw,” the quarterback said. “I gotta get it out in front of him. Bad throw. Can’t miss that.”

But Daboll also had only 10 offensive players on the field for that pivotal play. Coaching also is to blame.

“Can’t happen,” Daboll said.

Daboll’s decision to use top corner Adoree Jackson as a punt returner last week against Detroit certainly has backfired, as well.

Rodarius Williams and Julian Love both intercepted Dak Prescott in Thursday’s first half. But the shorthanded secondary had no answer for Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb and three touchdowns by Dallas tight ends, including two for Dalton Schultz.

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Source:: The Mercury News


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