Tue Sep 27 1:03am ET
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Adoree' Jackson (22) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) beats Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) to the goal line for a touchdown during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs the ball for a first down against Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) reacts after he couldn't come up with a pass against the New York Giants during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (10) hands off the ball to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) against the New York Giants during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Giants linebacker Jihad Ward (55) grabs the face mask of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) tries to avoid a tackle by New York Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes (30) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Giants safety Julian Love (20) runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Tae Crowder (48) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (10) passes against the New York Giants during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) tries to avoid a tackle by Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson (6) during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys safety Malik Hooker (28) during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) is tackled by the New York Giants during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) CeeDee Lamb was angry with himself in the second quarter after dropping a wide-open pass and costing the Dallas Cowboys a possible touchdown. It was just embarrassing.
The star Cowboys receiver more than made up for it with the game on the line, making a one-handed TD catch with 8:30 to play to cap a go-ahead drive that gave the Cowboys a 23-13 win over the surprising New York Giants on Monday night.
''He's CeeDee Lamb,'' Dallas quarterback Cooper Rush said after hitting Lamb four times on the 89-yard drive. ''Guy's open a lot. Makes big-time catches. That fade catch was unbelievable. I'm sure he wants that other one back, but made tons of plays for us, like usual.''
Ezekiel Elliott scored on a 1-yard run to ignite a comeback from a seven-point deficit and Brett Maher kicked three field goals as the Cowboys (2-1) beat the Giants (2-1) for the 10th time in 11 games and handed coach Brian Daboll his first loss.
''Didn't get it quite done tonight,'' Daboll said. ''They made more plays than we did. Give them credit.''
Rush threw for 210 yards, including the 1-yard touchdown to Lamb, in winning his second straight game filling in for the injured Dak Prescott (thumb).
Lamb finished with eight catches for 87 yards, but he also dropped the potential 52-yard TD throw. He paced the sideline after the play and teammates walked over to encourage him.
''It was situation I had to deal with on my own, obviously I'm the one that dropped the ball for the guys,'' Lamb said. ''So knowing that I had to make this up in the back end of the game, I just wanted to step up.''
Lamb actually made three plays at the end of the drive. He caught a 4-yard pass on fourth-and-4 from the Giants 41 with 10:27 to go. He added a 26 yard pass to the 1 and followed that with his great catch on the fade pattern for a 20-13 lead.
Saquon Barkley scored on a weaving 36-yard touchdown run that gave the Giants a brief 13-6 lead. Graham Gano added three field goal, including a 51-yarder with 3:37 to play to make it a one-score game.
The Giants got the ball back with 1:45 to play, but the series ended quickly with an interception by Trevon Diggs.
The Cowboys outgained the Giants 391-336 in an NFC East rivalry that saw the teams rush for almost as much as they gained passing. Dallas ran for 176 yards, Tony Pollard had 105 yards, and the Cowboys threw for 215. The Giants gained 167 on the ground and 196 in the air.
Dallas came into the game having allowed only one touchdown in each of its first two games, and the trend continued on Monday night. The defense hounded Daniel Jones, sacking him five times, with DeMarcus Lawrence tying his career high with three.
Jones finished 20 of 37 for 196 yards and also ran nine times for 79 yards. Barkley finished with 81 yards on 14 carries.
Maher sandwiched field goals of 26 and 28 yards around a 42-yarder by Gano to give Dallas a 6-3 halftime lead.
The Cowboys also got a big play on special teams as defensive lineman Dorance Armstrong blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt by Gano on New York's opening possession.
Cowboys: Lawrence was injured early in the third quarter when he hurt a foot on a play that Jones was sacked by safety Donovan Wilson. ... The Giants had Sterling Shepard seemingly hurt a leg on New York's final offensive play and Daboll said after the game the initial report was not good.
UP NEXT: Cowboys: Return home to face the Washington Commanders on Sunday.
Giants: Complete three-game homestand with a game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys defense played well in Week 3's edition of Monday Night Football, helping Dallas win a 23-16 game against the New York Giants. The Dallas defense allowed just 16 points while recording an interception, five sacks, and a blocked field goal. The Cowboys defense continues to play very solid football, and should only improve once the offense improves with the returns of Michael Gallup (knee), Dak Prescott (thumb), and Dalton Schultz (knee) in the following week or two. The Cowboys face the Commanders in Week 4, and should be a solid defense option then.
Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Jalen Tolbert was active for the first time in his pro career in Week 3 and made his first NFL catch, gaining four yards. Tolbert was taken in the third round out of South Alabama, but Cowboys coaches clearly hadn't been happy with him so far, making him a healthy inactive for the first two games of the season. Finally active for Week 3, he wasn't able to draw more than two targets, despite two of the Cowboys projected top pass catchers, Michael Gallup (knee) and Dalton Schultz (knee) being out of the game. There's obviously upside with Tolbert, but he's looking like much more of a deep dynasty stash than someone who will contribute in any redraft formats.
Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher made five kicks in a Week 3 win over the New York Giants. Maher made three of his four field goal attempts and both of his extra point tries. His long field goal came from 44 yards out and his miss was from 59 yards out. The Cowboys interestingly chose to punt at one point in the first half from what would have been in Maher's range, but MetLife Stadium is notoriously tough to kick in. Still, it was a strong performance from Maher, who has now made six of his seven field goal kicks and all four of his extra points. He's a useful fantasy kicker in leagues that still use them.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown was solid once again in a Week 3 win over the New York Giants. Brown was targeted seven times, catching five passes for 54 yards. While it wasn't the career-best game he had in Week 2, this was another strong performance from a guy likely undrafted in many fantasy leagues. With Dak Prescott (thumb) and Michael Gallup (knee) both expected back soon though, Brown's best days may be behind him.
Dallas Cowboys rookie tight end Peyton Hendershot caught the first three passes of his career in a Week 3 win over the New York Giants. Forced into a split starting role alongside fellow rookie Jake Ferguson due to a Dalton Schultz (knee) injury, made the best of his chance, catching all three balls that went his way and gaining 43 yards. He soundly outplayed Ferguson, who caught two passes for 13 yards. With Schultz not expected to miss much time, Hendershot can be left on waiver wires in most fantasy formats.
Dallas Cowboys rookie tight end Jake Ferguson made the first two catches of his NFL career in a Week 3 win over the New York Giants. Ferguson split starting duties with fellow rookie Peyton Hendershot due to an injury keeping Dalton Schultz (knee) on the sidelines. Ferguson was targeted three times, making two catches for 13 yards. Meanwhile, Hendershot saw three targets as well, but he caught all three and gained 43 yards. Neither rookie tight end will have much if any fantasy value when Schultz returns, and that could be as soon as Week 4.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb scored a huge touchdown in a Week 3 win over the New York Giants. Lamb made an amazing one-handed catch that we'll see on highlight reels for a long time, but he also made a mind-numbing drop that we'll see on blooper reels for perhaps just as long. In total, he caught eight of his 12 targets for 87 yards and the score. He led the team in targets, catches, and yards, and was the only wide receiver to score a touchdown in the game. Despite the solid performance, it still felt like Lamb once again left a lot of meat on the bone. He has the tools and the opportunity to be an alpha WR1, both in real life and in fantasy, but he just hasn't quite shown it yet through the first three weeks. He'll get a boost once Dak Prescott (thumb) returns to the starting lineup.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard had an excellent game in a Week 3 win over the New York Giants. He ran the ball 13 times, gaining 105 yards including a long run of 46 yards. Strangely, he only saw one target in the passing game, and was unable to make the catch. Pollard's 13 carries were behind Ezekiel Elliott's 15, but Elliott only gained 73 yards. He did score the only rushing touchdown in the game for the Cowboys though. Pollard has once again shown to be the better, more explosive Cowboys running back, but he figures to continue splitting backfield time with Elliott, severely limiting the upside of both. Pollard could be a league winner if Elliott gets hurt, though.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown in a Week 3 win over the New York Giants. "Zeke" ran the ball 15 times, gaining 73 yards and scoring on the ground. He also caught his only target for an additional two yards. The Cowboys relied on their running game quite a bit in this one, giving Elliott 15 carries and his backfield mate Tony Pollard 13. Pollard was once again the clearly better back, gaining 105 yards to Elliott's 73 despite two fewer carries. Still, it was Elliott who found the end zone at the end of the day. The two backs will continue to cancel out each other's upside, but both come in as RB2/3 options with solid floors.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush led the team to another win in a Week 3 game against the division-rival New York Giants. Rush attempted 31 passes, completing 21 of them for 215 yards and one touchdown. Rush zeroed in on wide receiver CeeDee Lamb again, targeting him with 12 of his passes, but once again showing better chemistry with Noah Brown. With Dak Prescott (thumb) stating that he wouldn't rule himself out for Week 4, Rush's reign as the starter may be coming to an end. He's played well enough to keep the Cowboys from rushing Dak back onto the field though. Still, at most it seems like Rush will get one more start before Prescott returns to his space atop the depth chart.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell has seen very little success early in the season. In Week 3, Campbell hauled in both of his targets for 10 yards in the win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Through three games, Campbell has five receptions for 47 yards, which is pretty sad. He was expected to compete for the No. 2 wideout spot, but clearly Campbell isn't going to be heavily involved in this passing attack. Fantasy managers should be able to find a more reliable option in basically all fantasy formats.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Alec Pierce made his return to the field during the Week 3 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. He missed Week 2 due to a concussion, but made sure to make an impact in his return. In Week 3, Pierce finished with three receptions on five targets for 61 yards in the win. The rookie wideout was finally able to make some noise on the field. Hopefully, Pierce will be able to carry this success over into his next few contests. Although, fantasy managers shouldn't have much faith in the anyone outside of Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor on this offense. Pierce is worth holding in dynasty formats, but can be avoided basically everywhere else.
Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines has seen very little action on the ground this season. A bulk of the touches goes to Jonathan Taylor, but Hines continues to get involved through the air. On Sunday, Hines hauled in five of his six targets for 23 yards in the win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Through three games, Hines has seen at least five targets in all of those contests. That being said, he should be able to hold RB3 value in PPR formats going forward. He'll be worth considering as a flex play in PPR leagues for the Week 4 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods didn't see a target through the first two games of the season. However, the third-round rookie was able to get involved during Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Woods hauled in both of his targets for 13 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Sadly for him, Woods is playing in a three-man committee with Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson. It's unlikely that he has weekly fantasy value, but this was a nice outing for the rookie tight end.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan got back on track versus the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. The 37-year-old had arguably the worst start of his career in Week 2, but turned it around here. Ryan completed 27-of-37 passing attempts for 222 passing yards and two touchdowns without an interception in the victory. It wasn't pretty, but Ryan was able to get the job done this week. Although, Ryan is going to have suspect fantasy value going forward. It's honestly tough to even consider him a low-end QB1 for his upcoming matchup against the Tennessee Titans. There should be better options available in most 12-team re-draft formats.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (knee) was carted off the field during the fourth quarter of Monday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He was running a route on the final play of the game and his knee appeared to give out. It appears to be a left knee injury and it was severe enough that they needed to cart him off the field. Before exiting, Shepard had five receptions on 10 targets for 49 yards. The Giants will be forced to use a mix of Kadarius Toney, Kenny Golladay, and Darius Slayton, assuming Shepard misses time. Fantasy managers will have to check back for another update on Shepard.
Buffalo Bills kicker Tyler Bass made one of his two field goals in a 21-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 3. Bass added two extra points in the loss. The veteran kicker's lone field goal was a 30-yarder, although he will be thinking about his missed 38-yarder early in the fourth quarter. Bass has now hit four of his five field goals on the season while tacking on 11 extra points in as many tries. He should see plenty of kicking opportunities in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor carried the ball 21 times for 71 yards and added three catches for 20 yards in a 20-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. Taylor's longest run went for 13 yards on an afternoon where the Chiefs did a decent job limiting him. The veteran running back has now carried the ball 61 times for 286 yards and one touchdown while adding another 43 yards on eight catches. Taylor will be a solid RB1 in Week 4 when he takes on the Tennessee Titans at home.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. caught eight of his nine targets for 72 yards in a 20-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. Pittman bounced back nicely after missing his team's Week 2 game with a quad injury. The third-year wideout has been hot to start the season, having caught 17 passes for 193 yards and a score in just two games. He will be a low-end WR1 in Week 4 when the Colts take on the Tennessee Titans at home.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin's (hamstring) status for Week 4 is uncertain at this point, according to head coach Todd Bowles.
Fantasy Spin: Godwin has missed the last two games because of the injury and likely will have to participate in at least one practice if he has a chance to play in Week 4. Fantasy players will know more later in the week, but he will be a risky option.