Like most who can barely grasp what happens on a football field, Jerry Jones Monday boiled down his his summary of why his team came up short against the Giants to one thing: their QB is better. That's right, after watching four-fifths of his offensive line be overrun by a dominant Giants defensive front, after watching his front seven flounder and his secondary look atrocious, after presumably watching tape of his young lead receivers struggle, he identifies one of the few areas where he didn't actually have a problem as the problem. Here's the money quote, in response to Calvin Watkins asking what the difference was for the Giants in beating Dallas twice late and passing them..
I don't want to take anything away [from them] but the big difference was Eli came up here and started what seemed like a pretty significant [stretch]. But the quarterback play with Eli was the huge difference.
Just to reset, the Giants came to Dallas on December 11 and beat the Cowboys 37-34 to wrestle away control of the division. Tony Romo was 21-31 for 321 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT and a QB rating of 141.3. He was sacked three times and hounded by Jason Pierre Paul and the Giants interior line, but turned in that performance. Eli Manning was 27-47 for 400 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT and a rating of 90.7. He was sacked zero times.
If you were looking for signs that your owner/GM has his head on straight enough to contribute to narrowing the gap between his team and the four elite clubs in the NFC, yeah, that's a big, bold negatory.