The running attack was dynamic.

Nothing from the box score will suggest the Giants were world beaters at tailback. In fact, second year back Andre Williams was otherwise a non-factor and conveyed little flair in his drive to unseat the oft-injured Rashad Jennings as the Giants’ number one option in the backfield.

That said, Jennings worked with what his line gave him, even ripping off a 27 yard run late in the fourth, reaching pay dirt on a rush at the one yard line to help New York to a 23-13 with 8:07 left in the game. The Giants outgained the Cowboys on the ground (99 to 81), and proved just as convincing in the passing scheme as Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar were, thanks to the efforts of the newly acquired Shane Vereen.

Vereen, otherwise middling as a rusher (although he had the team’s highest YPC rate, at 4.7 yards a touch, on minimal handoffs), became a go-to option for Eli, who was without Victor Cruz, accruing 46 yards off four receptions. Once Vereen garners the attention in the passing game that he had with Tom Brady, the Giants will become that much more dynamic under Ben McAdoo’s newly minted offense.

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