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ARLINGTON Blake Comeau Jersey , Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott was the first quarterback to get a good look at the Dallas defense this year — every day during training camp in California.

Eli Manning might now agree with his counterpart that this unit can lead the Cowboys in 2018.

The two-time Super Bowl winner from the New York Giants was sacked six times in a second straight strong performance from the Dallas defenders, and the Cowboys avoided their first 0-2 start in seven seasons under coach Jason Garrett with a 20-13 win on Sunday night.

“It wasn’t always fun going against this defense in Oxnard,” Prescott said after throwing a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin to spark the Cowboys on the third play of the game. “They destroyed practices. They got after me in training camp and I knew they would get after the opposing quarterback. They definitely did.”

The Cowboys are set to face a quarterback significantly more mobile than Manning — Russell Wilson in a visit to Seattle. And while Cam Newton gashed the Cowboys with some big running plays in Carolina’s 16-8 win in the opener, Dallas was still in the game late because of its defense.

If the six sacks of Manning — two shy of the most in his career — are any indication, the Dallas defensive linemen will be coming in waves. Four of them had a sack apiece: DeMarcus Lawrence, Taco Charlton, Antwaun Woods and Tyrone Crawford. The others came from linebacker Damien Wilson and safety Kavon Frazier.

“I don’t want to use the word ‘dominant’ just because I let you use that,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “The main thing is we’ve got depth and we’ve got speed and we’ve got rotation and we’ve got some skill back there in that secondary and in that linebacking spot relative to pass coverage.”

Things to consider after the Cowboys had six players with at least one sack for the first time since 1997:

SPICE BOYS

The Cowboys added some wrinkles after offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was criticized for bland play-calling against Carolina. After Austin beat the Giants deep right away, Dallas ran him on a reverse on a pitch from running back Ezekiel Elliott on the next drive. Austin picked up 15 yards on the way to a field goal.

Prescott had a career-high 45 yards rushing, mostly on fakes to Elliott and runs around end. And that was after Jones suggested on his radio show during the week that the Cowboys could showcase Prescott as a runner more — just as the Panthers do with Newton.

“Any time you compare a player to another player you’re in trouble the minute it comes out of your mouth,” Jones said. “You need to show you can do it before you can get the defenses to honor it.”

OFF CENTER

New York’s offensive line was already a work in progress before starting center Jon Halapio was carted off the field in the second half with his right leg in an air cast. Shaky right tackle Ereck Flowers was moved to that side after Nate Solder was signed as a free agent last spring to be the left tackle.

“All five guys working together, understanding calls, understanding what defenses are doing, and passing things off, so that one’s probably always going to take the longest for them to start to gel,” Manning said. “That group, they’re going to be determined to play at a higher level, just like everybody else.”

GROUND HALT

Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith had a jarring hit of Manning on a 1-yard scramble and chased No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley out of bounds for a 3-yard loss. The rookie running back had just 28 yards rushing as the Cowboys held the Giants to 35 as a team a week after giving up 147 on the ground to the Panthers.

“They blitzed. They ran stunts. They rushed four,” Solder said. “They did a number of things and we didn’t pick up any of it.”

MEETING OF 0-2s

There were only six two-loss teams in the NFL after Sunday’s games (before 0-1 teams Seattle and Chicago play Monday night). When the Giants return to Texas next Sunday to play the Houston Texans, it will be a matchup of two of those 0-2 teams. “We’ve just got to get back to work and get ready to play Houston. There’s no other way out of this,” new coach Pat Shurmur said.

They had their chances.

All of these events were downright ideal for the Cleveland Cavaliers: Stephen Curry’s shooting game was awful for most of the night, Klay Thompson’s wasn’t much better Patrik Laine Jersey , the Cavs led by as many as 13 in the first half and some non-producers from the first two games of these NBA Finals were starting to finally give LeBron James the contributions he’s craved.

And it still wasn’t enough.

Another chance was wasted, and the season is now just about over.

Game 3 went down as a loss, and now the Cavaliers find themselves in the hole from which no NBA team has ever escaped. Golden State rallied to top Cleveland 110-102 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the finals, with a chance to clinch their second straight championship Friday when this series resumes.

”It’s definitely a tough loss and we had our chances,” James said. ”We have another opportunity on Friday to win on our home floor … to extend the series. But we’ve got to come out and got to play 48 minutes.”

James was fantastic, again: 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The Cavaliers rolled the dice and put Rodney Hood into the series, and got 15 points from him. Kevin Love had 20 points and 13 rebounds and J.R. Smith finished with 13 points, finally making some shots.

They just couldn’t stop Kevin Durant.

”Incredible, even by his standards,” Love said.

With Curry and Thompson non-factors much of the game, combining for 21 points on 7 for 27 combined shooting, Durant finished with a playoff career-best 43 points.

”We got stagnant,” Love said. ”We were ultra-aggressive in that first half, myself included. But third quarters have kind of been our Achilles heel all year. … I think that was mostly it.”

Game 1 of this series will be remembered by how Cleveland let it get away; the botched rebound by Smith to be forever played as one of those quintessential wish-you-had-it-back moments. Game 3 of this series will probably be remembered by how the Cavaliers, even with Curry missing 13 of his first 14 shots, dominated stretches of the first half and went into the locker room only up by six.

They were asking for trouble.

They’re now in trouble.

”I thought we played a good first half,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. ”They’re going to make runs. That’s what this team does. To be up six at the half after being up 13 … they’re going to make runs. We understand that.”

So this series is just about finished, or at least, that’s what the history books say. The 3-0 deficit has, until now, been insurmountable in NBA playoff annals. Not even the most optimistic Cleveland fan could expect that to change in the coming days.

The next two days will be angst-laden for Cleveland Authentic Evan Bouchard Jersey , though hardly anyone should be fretting the outcome of this series. The mystery is gone, and Golden State – which hasn’t lost four consecutive games in the same season since 2013, back when Mark Jackson was coaching the Warriors instead of calling their games on ABC and ESPN – needs only to avoid an apocalyptic collapse to win their third title in four years.

”That margin for error is so little, so thin against them, I think in some cases you have to be perfect,” Love said.

But a lot of the angst won’t be about the Warriors, it will be about James. Again.

Another ”Summer of LeBron” could start as early as Friday night.

James can be a free agent, and there’s a real sense around the NBA that this summer – just like in 2010, when he left for Miami – could be packing up and leaving his native northeast Ohio once again. He has taken Cleveland to the NBA Finals now five times, and this now looks certain to be his fourth loss in those. He was 2-2 in four trips to the NBA Finals with Miami.

A bounce here, a couple stops there, the Cavs could be leading in these finals and the conversation would be different.

Instead, Cleveland is only left to wonder if James is a game from leaving. But he’s not going anywhere, even mentally, until this series is over.

”For me, tonight will be tough,” James said. ”Tomorrow I’ll replay some plays and some moments, things of that nature. I’ll wake up Friday morning, I’ll be locked in on the game plan and what needs to be done to help our team win. That’s who I am.”



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