The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t wish for a better start of the 2023 NFL season. Playing their division rivals New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, the America’s team delivered a resounding 40-0 win and managed to make some history in the process.
The 40-0 shutout win was the largest in franchise history, surpassing the 38-0 thumping of the Baltimore Colts during the 1978 season. Also, the Cowboys had the second-largest win margin in 122 games against the Giants. Only the 56-7 win from 1966 was more convincing.
Despite putting up 40 points by the start of the fourth quarter, the Cowboys were actually not that dynamic at offense, at least when it comes to the passing game. Starting quarterback Dak Prescott completed just 13 passes, throwing for 143 yards and zero touchdowns.
However, Dallas didn’t need the offense that much because the defense came through. Cowboys defense sacked Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones seven times while adding 12 QB hits. It also put up 12 points on the board, with DaRon Bland getting a pick-six and Noah Igbinoghene returning a blocked field goal for a touchdown.
Speaking with reporters after the game, Prescott sent a message to his teammates to enjoy the win but not to get too carried away.
“It’s the NFL. You’ve got to show up week in and week out and be prepared,” said Prescott. “You don’t see a lot of wins like this, so we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves on this.”