by Jon Wagner / PFNYC Giants Analyst
Just seven weeks into the 2010 NFL season, the New York Giants (5-2) have managed to knock out as many quarterbacks as the number of wins they’ve accumulated.
The latest, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday night, was the Giants’ fourth K.O. in as many weeks, and it might prove to be their most significant one of the season to date.
This time, the Giants not only took out another quarterback, they likely ended the season of a division rival which many thought during the preseason, might be a Super Bowl contender.
When Giants’ linebacker Michael Boley forced Cowboys’ starting quarterback Tony Romo out of the game with a broken left clavicle early in the second quarter, the term “Big D” suddenly stood for “Done” as much as “Dallas,” and New York started on its way to a dominating 41-35 victory that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicated.
At 1-5, and without Romo for what is expected to be a minimum of 6-8 weeks (if not for the rest of the season), the NFC East-leading Giants have given the Cowboys good reason to start thinking of next year while tying Atlanta (5-2) for the best record in the conference.
“There’s no question we had a letdown when Romo went out of the ballgame,” Cowboys’ owner Jones said.
That was the understatement of the night, from the man who bought the Cowboys when they went 1-15 in 1989, the last time Dallas started a season this poorly.