Darren McFadden up, Matt Cassel down in Cowboys' loss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A look at Dallas Cowboys players who were “up” and those who were “down” in Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the New York Giants:


Darren McFadden: Many thought this would be Christine Michael’s breakthrough game, but it turned out to be McFadden’s. He finished with 29 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown. The carries were the second most in his career and the yards were his most since 2008.

Devin Street: Street lost a lot of playing time to Brice Butler, but he was able to come up with his first career touchdown catch -- a 25-yarder -- with 7:14 to play to temporarily tie the game. Street was able to smartly keep his toes down as he reached for Matt Cassel’s throw.

Offensive line: Finally the Cowboys looked like the Cowboys from 2014 in terms of running the ball. They controlled the line of scrimmage -- the Cowboys ran for 233 yards -- and gave up just one sack.


Matt Cassel: Yes, he brought some downfield throws to the offense, but his three interceptions were killers, leading to 10 New York points. To his credit, Cassel took the blame for the miscues, but the Cowboys just can’t overcome critical mistakes because they have no margin for error.

Brandon Carr: One of Cassel’s picks led to New York taking over at its 1, but Carr let the Giants off the hook by giving up a 44-yard catch to Rueben Randle on third down. Randle may have gained some separation with a nudge, but Carr appeared to relax at the last second and Randle made a one-handed grab.

Cole Beasley: For the first time this year, Beasley did not have a catch but the big issue was his special teams work, which kept the Cowboys from attempting a final-minute drive. Beasley muffed a Brad Wing punt with 1:26 to play, and Giants receiver Myles White recovered the ball at the Dallas 16. From there, the Giants were able to kneel down three times to run out the clock.