Behind dominating performance by Dallas D, the Cowboys open the 2023 NFL season by embarrassing the NFC East rival New York Giants; check out highlights and Week 2 previews for Cowboys & Houston Texans
After 28 consecutive seasons of high expectations turning into disappointment season-after-season, the Dallas Cowboys walked off the field following their nationally-televised Sunday Night Football destruction of NFC East rival New York Giants feeling like this could finally be their year.
But following an eventful opening weekend of NFL football, fans were provided with more questions with answers. Are the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars for real? Will Jordan Love really make the Green Bay Packers forget Aaron Rodgers? And what will the New York Jets do without Aaron Rodgers, who went down with a season-ending injury in the first quarter?
DALLAS Cowboys 40, at NEW YORK Giants 0
Utilizing a diversified defense that dominated the season-opener, the Dallas Cowboys embarrassed the New York Giants, 40-0, before a nationally-televised audience on Sunday Night Football.
Dallas’ Noah Igbinoghene returned a blocked field goal 58 yards for a touchdown on the opening series, DaRon Bland scored on a pick-six later in the first quarter, the Cowboys (1-0) sacked Giant quarterback Daniel Jones seven times and the Dallas defense forced three turnovers to take control of the game from its outset.
Offensively, Cowboy running back Tony Pollard scored on two short touchdown runs as Dallas defeated the Giants (0-1) for the fifth straight time, winning 12 of the last 13 meetings. The Giants’ shutout loss was the largest between the teams, topping the Cowboys’ 35-0 win in 1995, also in a season-opener in the Meadowlands. It was also the Cowboys’ biggest shutout victory in any game, topping their 38-0 win over the Baltimore Colts in 1978.
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at BALTIMORE Ravens 25, HOUSTON Texans 9
Despite losing running back J.K. Dobbins for the season to a torn Achilles tendon, the Baltimore Ravens overcame adversity as Justice Hill scored twice in the second half, and the Ravens pulled away for a 25-9 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Baltimore managed only 265 total yards and Lamar Jackson turned the ball over twice, but the Ravens’ defense kept C.J. Stroud and the Texans out of the end zone. Jackson led Baltimore in rushing with 38 yards on six attempts.
Baltimore (1-0) looked out of sync for much of its first game with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, and the Texans (0-1) kept it close for a half under new coach DeMeco Ryans. Stroud, a rookie making his first start, directed a couple of solid drives, but Houston couldn’t move the ball consistently enough.
Jackson threw for 169 yards connecting with rookie receiver Zay Flowers nine times for 78 yards as the main source of excitement for Baltimore’s new-look offense.
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NFL SCOREBOARD – WEEK 1
Thursday, September 7
Detroit Lions 21, at Kansas City Chiefs 20
Sunday, September 10
Cincinnati Bengals 3, at Cleveland Browns 24
Houston Texans 9, at Baltimore Ravens 25
Carolina Panthers 10, at Atlanta Falcons 24
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee Titans 15, at New Orleans Saints 16
Arizona Cardinals 16, at Washington Commanders 20
Jacksonville Jaguars 31, at Indianapolis Colts 21
San Francisco 49ers 30, at Pittsburgh Steelers 7
Green Bay Packers 38, at Chicago Bears 20
Philadelphia Eagles 25, at New England Patriots 20
Miami Dolphins 36, at Los Angeles Chargers 34
Las Vegas Raiders 17, at Denver Broncos 16
Los Angeles Rams 30, at Seattle Seahawks 13
Dallas Cowboys 40, at New York Giants 0
Monday, September 11
Buffalo Bills 16, at New York Jets 22
WEEK 2 PREVIEWS: NY Jets at Dallas, Indianapolis at Houston
NFL SCHEDULE – WEEK 2
Thursday, September 14
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 p.m., Prime Vide
Sunday, September 17
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m., Fox
Las Vegas Raiders at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., CBS
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m., CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., Fox
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 1 p.m., CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., CBS
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox
Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., CBS
New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m., Fox
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m., Fox
New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Washington Commanders at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m., NBC
Monday, September 18
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, 7:15 p.m., ESPN
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m., ABC
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