The Dallas Cowboys were once 2-0 and had beaten two division rivals.
That was once upon a time, as in September 20, 2015.
Just over a month later, the Cowboys find themselves with a 2-4 record and sole possession of last place in the division. The team could not hold on to a halftime lead, making numerous mistakes in the second half that cost Dallas the game in a 27-20 loss to the Giants.
The loss ruined a good game by Darren McFadden, who carried the ball 29 times for 152 yards. The defense held Eli Manning to 171 passing yards and a QB rating of 76.7.
McFadden’s touchdown with 2:17 left in the first half gave Dallas a 13-7 lead. It appeared that the Cowboys had stopped the Giants on the next drive, but Rolondo McClain was called for illegal hands to the face, extending the New York drive. The Giants ended up kicking a field goal.
New starter Matt Cassel did not make any major mistakes in the first half, but the third quarter was disastrous. He threw three picks, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Another interception occurred at the Giant 1-yard line, and the Giants were able to drive nearly the length of the field to kick a field goal.
Dallas kept the game close in the fourth quarter. Cassel made a few nice plays on an 80-yard drive, and his touchdown pass to Devin Street with 7:14 remaining tied the game at 20.
But former Cowboy Dwayne Harris returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Dallas tried to drive the ball back for a game-tying score, but the Giants stopped the Cowboys on downs.
The Cowboys held the Giants and still had 1:36 to score. However, Cole Beasley muffed the punt, and the Giants recovered. Game over.
This is the team’s worst start since 2010, when Dallas started at 1-7. The last time the Cowboys had a 2-4 record after six games was 2001. That team finished 5-11.