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Rapid Reaction: Giants 35, Cowboys 14

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Before Sunday's game, several Giants players expressed regret that they wouldn't face the Cowboys at full-strength. But it's not like they displayed any benevolence in a dominating 35-14 victory that improved their record to 7-1 at the midway point.

A week after beating the Steelers in an absolute slugfest, the Giants had little trouble with the Brad Johnson-led Cowboys. Quarterback Eli Manning led his team on an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive to begin the game and the injury-ravaged Cowboys never responded.

Johnson was picked off twice in the first half, and both interceptions led to Giants interceptions. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips provided comic relief by ordering Johnson and backup Brooks Bollinger to put on their helmets before each drive in an attempt to deceive the Giants defense. They never seemed to notice.

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck and linebacker Danny Clark were dominant in the first half. Tuck finished with 1 1/2 sacks and put constant pressure on Johnson, who hit the deck at the first sign of trouble. The Cowboys briefly got back in the game when rookie Mike Jenkins stepped in front of an Eli Manning pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown.

But Johnson served up another interception on a "deep" out, and Corey Webster picked it off. The Cowboys will now head to the bye, and hope that quarterback Tony Romo and several other reinforcements arrive. They now trail the Giants by three games in the loss column. The Cowboys only hope of making the playoffs will be one of the wildcard spots.