Sunday Night Football featured the regular season returns of former rookie stars #Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The two defied what happens to many second year players in what is known as a "sophomore slump," at least for their first game in the new season. Prescott threw for over 260 yards while Elliott racked up 100 on the ground and the Dallas Cowboys defeated #New York #giants squad missing Odell Beckham Jr. Here's the latest Giants vs. Cowboys recap including top performers, game stats, an early standings update, and the next games on the schedule for these teams.

NFL game recap

After a 3-0 start to the game, the Dallas Cowboys added 13 points in the second quarter.

Seven of those points came after a Dak Prescott touchdown pass to Jason Witten. Prescott would finish with 268 yards and the TD pass on 24-for-39 passing while getting sacked once. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott tallied 104 yards on the ground on 24 carries giving help to the Cowboys' offense. Receiver Terrance Williams had 68 yards on six catches while Dez Bryant was targeted nine times and only had two catches for 43 yards. Brice Butler and Cole Beasley had highlight plays including this must see catch.

On the other side of the field, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning struggled. Manning and the Cowboys' offense only managed to get a field goal out of the game.

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The Giants QB finished with a 29-for-38 game with 20 yards and an interception while getting sacked three times for a total loss of 22 yards. Manning was without top receiver Odell Beckham Jr due to injury. Roger Lewis led the New York receivers with 54 yards while Shane Vereen had 51 on nine catches. Brandon Marshall was held to just one catch and 10 yards.

The NY Giants were held to just 12 yards rushing for the game with Paul Perkins getting 16 yards on seven carries. DeMarcus Lawrence helped lead the Cowboys' defensive efforts with two sacks and a total of four tackles on his own. Sean Lee led in total tackles with seven for Dallas, while New York's B.J. Goodson had a total of 14 solo tackles for the Giants.

Standings & what's next

The Dallas Cowboys get a 1-0 start to their latest NFL season with today's win. It was certainly a momentum builder with Elliott on the field and the team defeating the squad that handed them two losses last season. Next up, they'll travel to Denver next Sunday to face the Broncos. Game time is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. Eastern Time.

Today's loss gives the New York Giants a 0-1 start to their season. Next, on the schedule, the Giants will host a Monday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, next Monday.