The Dallas Cowboys are now 4-1 on the season, including 2-0 in the NFC East, after blowing out the New York Giants. Dallas rolled to a 44-20 victory on Sunday behind strong performances from Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and company.

As it was not already obvious, the Cowboys reminded everybody that they are the best team in the NFC East. Dallas has outscored divisional opponents 85 to 31 through two games this year. It is clear that the Cowboys are on a different level from the other three teams.

That was proven once again on Sunday.

COWBOYS OVERCAME EARLY MISTAKES

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Oct 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy talks with official Sarah Thomas (53) in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys did not get off to the best of starts against the Giants. Dak Prescott and the offense were careless with the football, throwing an interception and mishandling a snap near the end zone.

That prevented Dallas from putting points on the scoreboard and making an early statement in a divisional game. As a result, the Giants had some life due to the mistakes that the Cowboys were making.

Dallas eventually settled down and took care of business. Daniel Jones (concussion protocol) and Saquon Barkley (ankle sprain) leaving the game certainly did not hurt. Still, the Cowboys flipped a switch and played much cleaner — and over better — football after a slow start.

Prescott finished with 302 yards through the air and three touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott added 110 yards on the ground and two scores. Trevon Diggs extended his interception streak to five consecutive games.

The Cowboys dominated the majority of the game en route to a 24-point win.

COWBOYS KNOW THEY HAVE TO BE BETTER

Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) against the Carolina Panthers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas was able to overcome early mistakes versus a Jones and Barkley-less Giants squad. However, the Cowboys cannot expect to play mistake-filled football and win very many games, regardless of how much talent there is on the roster. Amari Cooper is well aware of that.

Cooper was a part of a national championship squad at Alabama. He knows what it takes to win big. The star Cowboys wide receiver said that, despite the win, Sunday’s performance was not good enough.

“It’s about us and our standard and who we’re trying to be and where we’re trying to go,” Cooper said about playing sloppy but still winning by 24. “But we’ve got to be cleaner than (versus the Giants).”

Amari Cooper stressed the importance of playing cleaner football following the Cowboys’ win. Cooper believes that this Cowboys team has an opportunity to win some big and important games this season.

As sloppy as the beginning of the game was, Sunday’s performance is huge for the Cowboys as the season progresses. Dallas proved that it can recover from a slow start and still control and dominate a game.

That has a chance to be critical to the Cowboys’ success for the remainder of the season.

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