The offensive line showed signs of improving.

Going into the year, the Giants had a gaping hole to the left with the loss of Will Beatty (out until November at the earliest) and would call upon Marshall Newhouse, a cast-off from Green Bay and Cincinnati, to support Eli’s right side, a bad proposition given Newhouse’s putrid pass protection skills.

Rookie Ereck Flowers, caught jawing with Dallas’s Jeremy Mincey late in the fourth quarter, showed poise in not being baited by Mincey, allowing the latter to fall victim to a personal foul that, initially, seemed to cost the Cowboys the game. His play alongside Justin Pugh, who made some telling strides in providing Rashad Jennings some holes on some large, drive sustaining runs, was commendable.

Flowers will take some time in gelling with his line mates, but the former Miami product showed promise, while Pugh made some gains to begin his third season in the trenches with Big Blue.

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