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Witten, Elliott lead as Cowboys stifle Giants 19-3 in opener

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Tough guy Jason Witten scored the game's only touchdown while setting another franchise record for the Dallas Cowboys, perhaps the most prestigious yet.

Ezekiel Elliott took care of the tough yards, churning out another 100-yard game two days after learning that his six-game suspension over a domestic violence case is on hold.

While Witten and Elliott helped Dallas produce points, the Cowboys shackled a New York offense missing dynamic receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a 19-3 victory over the Giants on Sunday night.

''You just enjoy the journey,'' said Witten, who began his 15th season by breaking Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin's club record of 11,904 yards. ''I'm just trying to devour where I am at this moment. It's a great time in my life.''

Elliott, last year's NFL rushing leader, had a rugged 104 yards on the ground and another 36 receiving in a game that he knew he would get to play regardless of a federal judge's ruling in his bid to have the NFL's punishment overturned.

''You just have to block it out,'' said Elliott, who could play the entire season depending on the next legal move by the NFL. ''You just have to focus on being the guy I need to be for this team. I think I am good for this locker room.''

Dak Prescott was turnover-free while throwing for 268 yards as the Cowboys dominated their NFC East rival that swept them during a 13-3 season that topped the NFC and was fueled by the sensational rookie years for the quarterback-running back duo. Dan Bailey kicked four field goals.

Eli Manning didn't have Beckham in his 200th straight start after his top target sprained his left ankle in a preseason game. The Giants were outgained in the first half 265-49, with just two first downs, while falling behind 16-0.

''We have plenty of players who can make plays on the offense outside of Odell,'' coach Ben McAdoo said. ''That's no excuse.''

Manning was 28 of 37 for 211 yards with an interception and connected with new receiver Brandon Marshall just once, late on a desperation drive with the outcome already settled.

Witten scored the Cowboys' first touchdown on a 12-yard catch and finished with seven catches for 59. Witten, already the franchise leader in catches, now has 1,096 receptions for 11,947 yards.

The 35-year-old Witten is the only tight end other than Tony Gonzalez with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards. He broke Irvin's record on an 11-yard catch early in the second quarter.

Elliott had to work for his yards after the crowd cheered loudly when he was introduced and kept up the ''Zeke'' calls while he made his trademark feed-me gesture after first downs. His biggest play was a 30-yard catch-and-run, easily the most open field he saw against one of the league's best run defenses a year ago.

''I think every person (who is) a part of the Cowboys was lifted by that decision,'' owner Jerry Jones said of Friday's court ruling. ''Although he was playing in this game no matter what, the idea that we could have him for an extended period of time was certainly inspirational.''

The Giants had a nearly 10-minute drive to start the second half but settled for Aldrick Rosas' 25-yard field goal after a second-down sack of Manning, Dallas' third of the game and the first of Charles Tapper's career. DeMarcus Lawrence had two sacks for Dallas.

Anthony Brown all but sealed the win for the Cowboys when he was the first to get his hands on a throw from Manning and won a tug-of-war with Roger Lewis Jr. for the interception midway through the fourth quarter.

DID YOU SEE THAT?

Dallas receiver Cole Beasley made a crazy catch in the fourth quarter to keep a drive alive. He got his hand on a wobbly ball as he was approaching the sideline and reached behind his head with his left hand, trapping the ball against his shoulder pads and helmet as he tip-toed inbounds. Beckham seemed impressed , offering a subtle nod.

ELI'S TARGETS

With Beckham missing, running back Shane Vereen led all receivers with nine catches and had 51 yards. Rookie first-round pick Evan Engram, a tight end, had four catches for 44 yards. Second-year receiver Sterling Shepard had seven catches, but for just 44 yards. Lewis had four grabs for 54 yards.

LONG TIME COMING

Jaylon Smith made his debut for Dallas after missing his rookie year recovering from a knee injury in his final game at Notre Dame. He was second to All-Pro Sean Lee with seven tackles and forced the game's only fumble.

INJURIES

Cowboys: CB Orlando Scandrick broke a bone in his hand in the second quarter. The Cowboys are hopeful the injury won't keep him out long.

UP NEXT

Giants: Home against Detroit (1-0) on Monday night next week.

Cowboys: At Denver on Sunday.

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Corrects previous version with one catch for Brandon Marshall instead of no catches.

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Key Players
E. Manning 10 QB
220 PaYds, INT, RuYd
6
FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
268 PaYds, PaTD, 24 RuYds
18
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:55
D.Bailey 36 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
11
plays
34
yds
5:53
pos
3
19
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:16
A.Rosas 25 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.DeOssie, Holder-B.Wing.
16
plays
68
yds
9:44
pos
3
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:05
D.Bailey 42 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
7
plays
51
yds
1:14
pos
0
16
Point After TD 1:41
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
0
13
Touchdown 1:41
D.Prescott pass short middle to J.Witten for 12 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
65
yds
2:07
pos
0
12
Field Goal 12:45
D.Bailey 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
14
plays
41
yds
7:38
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:25
D.Bailey 21 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-C.Jones.
9
plays
51
yds
2:58
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 25:46 34:14
1st Downs 13 22
Rushing 2 9
Passing 10 12
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 4-12 8-15
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 233 392
Total Plays 53 71
Avg Gain 4.4 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 35 129
Rush Attempts 12 31
Avg Rush Yards 2.9 4.2
Net Yards Passing 198 263
Comp. - Att. 29-38 24-39
Yards Per Pass 5.2 6.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-22 1-5
Penalties - Yards 6-55 5-50
Touchdowns 0 1
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 6-44.8 4-34.8
Return Yards 43 42
Punts - Returns 1-1 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-42 2-42
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 1/1 5/5
Extra Points 0/0 1/1
Field Goals 1/1 4/4
Red Zone Eff. 0-1 -0% 1-4 -25%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 0-1 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Giants 0-1 00303
Cowboys 1-0 3130319
198 PASS YDS 263
35 RUSH YDS 129
233 TOTAL YDS 392
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
E. Manning 10 QB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.3% 220 0 1 78.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.3% 220 0 1 78.8
E. Manning 29/38 220 0 1 6
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
P. Perkins 28 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 16 0
P. Perkins 7 16 0 3 1
O. Darkwa 26 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 14 0
O. Darkwa 3 14 0 12 1
S. Shepard 87 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
S. Shepard 1 6 0 6 4
E. Manning 10 QB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
E. Manning 1 -1 0 -1 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Lewis 18 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 54 0
R. Lewis 6 4 54 0 22 5
S. Vereen 34 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 9 51 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 51 0
S. Vereen 10 9 51 0 9 5
S. Shepard 87 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 44 0
S. Shepard 8 7 44 0 12 4
E. Engram 88 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 44 0
E. Engram 5 4 44 0 31 4
B. Marshall 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 10 0
B. Marshall 4 1 10 0 10 1
R. Ellison 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 9 0
R. Ellison 1 1 9 0 9 0
P. Perkins 28 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 9 0
P. Perkins 3 2 9 0 5 1
O. Darkwa 26 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 -1 0
O. Darkwa 1 1 -1 0 -1 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Goodson 93 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
14-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-4 0 0.0
B. Goodson 14-4 0.0 0 0
E. Apple 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
E. Apple 5-2 0.0 0 0
L. Collins 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
L. Collins 4-2 0.0 0 0
D. Harrison 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Harrison 3-2 0.0 0 0
J. Casillas 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
J. Casillas 3-2 0.0 0 0
J. Pierre-Paul 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
J. Pierre-Paul 3-2 0.0 0 0
D. Thompson 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Thompson 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jenkins 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Jenkins 1-0 0.0 0 0
O. Vernon 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
O. Vernon 1-1 1.0 0 0
D. Rodgers-Cromartie 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
D. Rodgers-Cromartie 1-4 0.0 0 0
D. Tomlinson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
D. Tomlinson 1-3 0.0 0 0
D. Harris 17 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Harris 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Wynn 72 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Wynn 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Lewis 18 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Lewis 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Kennard 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
D. Kennard 0-3 0.0 0 0
R. Okwara 78 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Okwara 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Thomas 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
R. Thomas 0-2 0.0 0 0
J. Bromley 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Bromley 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Rosas 2 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
1/1 0/0
A. Rosas 1/1 25 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Wing 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 44.8 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 44.8 0
B. Wing 6 44.8 0 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Harris 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 23 0
D. Harris 2 21.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Harris 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
D. Harris 1 1.0 1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 268 1 0 90.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 268 1 0 90.5
D. Prescott 24/39 268 1 0 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
24 104 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 104 0
E. Elliott 24 104 0 10 13
D. Prescott 4 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 24 0
D. Prescott 3 24 0 17 18
A. Morris 46 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 1 0
A. Morris 4 1 0 4 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Williams 83 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 68 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 68 0
T. Williams 7 6 68 0 23 6
J. Witten 82 TE
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 59 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 59 1
J. Witten 9 7 59 1 12 11
D. Bryant 88 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 2 43 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 43 0
D. Bryant 9 2 43 0 35 4
E. Elliott 21 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 36 0
E. Elliott 5 5 36 0 30 13
C. Beasley 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 32 0
C. Beasley 5 3 32 0 13 3
B. Butler 19 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 30 0
B. Butler 3 1 30 0 30 3
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
S. Lee 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
S. Lee 7-1 0.0 0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.0
D. Lawrence 4-1 2.0 0 0
J. Smith 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
J. Smith 4-3 0.0 0 1
N. Carroll 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
N. Carroll 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 38 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Heath 4-0 0.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
B. Jones 3-1 0.0 0 0
K. Frazier 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Frazier 3-0 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
D. Wilson 2-2 0.0 0 0
C. Awuzie 33 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
C. Awuzie 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
A. Brown 1-0 0.0 1 0
T. Crawford 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Crawford 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Paea 55 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Paea 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Collins 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Collins 1-0 0.0 0 0
O. Scandrick 32 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
O. Scandrick 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Tapper 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
C. Tapper 1-1 1.0 0 0
J. Durant 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Durant 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 1/1
SEASON FG XP
4/4 1/1
D. Bailey 4/4 48 1/1 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 34.8 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 34.8 4
C. Jones 4 34.8 4 40
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 21.0 25 0
R. Switzer 2 21.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
R. Switzer 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:07 NYG 6 1:44 3 -1 Punt
6:25 NYG 25 1:02 3 5 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 NYG 11 3:18 5 23 Punt
6:44 NYG 9 2:56 4 10 Punt
1:41 NYG 25 0:22 3 8 Punt
0:05 NYG 25 0:05 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NYG 25 9:44 16 68 FG
1:38 NYG 10 4:02 8 35 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:26 NYG 10 0:38 2 31 INT
1:55 NYG 14 1:55 9 46 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 24 3:53 8 33 Punt
9:23 DAL 46 2:58 9 51 FG
5:23 DAL 29 7:38 14 41 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:27 DAL 21 2:43 6 35 Punt
3:48 DAL 35 2:07 6 65 TD
1:19 DAL 24 1:14 7 51 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:16 DAL 18 3:38 5 40 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:36 DAL 20 4:10 9 38 Punt
7:48 DAL 48 5:53 11 34 FG