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Experts look for answers following loss to Cowboys

With a 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium on Sunday, the New York Giants have dropped consecutive road games in the NFC East since their three-game winning streak.

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Big Blue finds itself with a 3-4 record heading the bye week, and Giants.com rounds up what experts and analysts are saying about the team on another NFL Monday:

"Eli Manning brought his 'A' game, but he was about the only one on the team who brought it. The biggest frustration in the game for the Giants had to be the fact they couldn't get the Cowboys offense off the field in pivotal situations. The Cowboys finished 9 of 14 on third down, including conversions from six yards, eight yards and nine yards."

"After the Giants stumbled to start the season, it was something of a surprise when they rallied to roar through a three-game winning streak. But what loomed next figured to be a better test of the team's ostensible progress. Consecutive road games against the best teams in the Giants' division would be the expeditions that would verifiably measure how far the Giants had distanced themselves from last year's disastrous season. At Philadelphia last week and against the high-flying Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Giants discovered that their one step forward could indeed be followed by two steps backward."

"The first-place Cowboys are 6-1. The second-place Eagles are 5-1. The Giants, having lost to both of those teams in the past eight days, are 3-4. The season is obviously not "over" by any means, but at this point -- especially playing without Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings -- the Giants are outmanned on offense."

"The Cowboys continued validating themselves as a legitimate NFC contender with their 31-21 defeat of the New York Giants. They were led by league rushing leader DeMarco Murray's 128-yard, one-touchdown running on the day he became the first back ever to start a season with at least 100 yards rushing in seven straight games."

"Giants fans are probably cool with Odell Beckham Jr. now. The rookie had two touchdown receptions on Sunday and has made an immediate impact since returning from that nagging hamstring injury. Beckham did most of his work out of the slot, delivering the game the Giants needed with Victor Cruz out."

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