Cowboys-Giants takeaways: Dallas dominates in all phases to open 2023 with blowout

There are seven sacks. There were five forced fumbles. There were two interceptions. A kick that was deflected.

The Cowboys dominated on Sunday evening. Completely domineering.

They kicked off their 2023 season with a bang, annihilating the New York Giants 40-0 at MetLife Stadium. Beginning with the catalyst, here are five key takeaways from the blowout.

On the first drive, the Giants ran all over the Dallas defense, gaining at least 5 yards on each of their first six carries. 

Daniel Jones had scrambles of 8 and 11 yards. Finally, safety Juanyeh Thomas halted the bleeding by tackling Saquon Barkley for no gain.

Thomas blocked a 45-yard field goal, which was returned for a 58-yard score by cornerback Noah Igbinoghene. 

The Dallas defense caused the Giants to lose from there — more on that later — but Thomas' NFL debut is noteworthy.

He joined the league as an undrafted rookie from Georgia Tech in 2022. He made an impression on special teams, 

which piqued the interest of Cowboys special teams coordinator John Fassel. However, due to the team's depth at safety, he spent 2022 in the practice squad.

His opportunity arrived on Sunday. That's exactly what Thomas did with it.

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