There were a lot of reasons why the Cowboys beat the Giants on opening night, but the biggest one was the way they were able to control the game on both sides of the ball.
Their offense kept the Giants defense on its heels all night and their defense pressured the Giants into a ton of mistakes when they had the ball. They won battles up front in the running game both ways and refused to fold when they took a shot in the jaw. It was a tough performance.
Sunday in Seattle? Not so much.
It looked like a totally different team that lost to the Seahawks 27-7 in Week Two. More precisely, it looked like the team from last season that didn't bother competing when the game didn't go their way. Everything went out of sync on offense and just about everyone on the team looked like they couldn't wait for the game to be over so that they could be anywhere else in the world.
Rome wasn't built in a day and the Cowboys weren't rebuilt just because they finally beat the Cowboys. There's still work to do.
Here's the rest of the good, bad and ugly from a dismal Cowboys loss.
UGLY: Jason Witten had three drops and Dez Bryant had two to help the offense grind to a halt. To their credit, both players stood upand took the blame for their miscues but that doesn't make it okay to have an effort like that from two of your best offensive players.
UGLY: A Felix Jones fumble on a kickoff and a blocked punt led to 10 Seattle points in the first quarter, the kind of brutal errors that you simply can't make against a good football team on the road. Playing with a lead plays right into the hands of such a physical defense and the Cowboys can't make it so easy for the opposition.
BAD: DeMarcus Ware was a non-factor. That probably helped Anthony Spencer get two sacks, but you aren't going to win when your best defensive player gets shut out.
GOOD: Miles Austin was the only bright spot on the offense. He had five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown and he should have more strong games in the weeks to come as long as the Cowboys keep deploying him as creatively as they did on Sunday.
GOOD and UGLY: It was another strong game for Sean Lee, who has only added to his shiny reputatiton in the first two weeks of the season. All anyone will remember was him getting laid out by Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate on a blindside block, however.
Tate may be fined for the play, but it stands pretty well as a quick capsule of the entire game. The Cowboys got run over by a Seahawks team they never saw coming.