Conclusions from the 2023 season opener between the Cowboys and Giants: Dallas wins big.

On Sunday night, the Cowboys were unbeatable. Absolute mastery.

They had a great start to the 2023 season, beating the New York Giants 40-0 at MetLife Stadium. Here are five lessons to be learned from the explosion, starting with the trigger.

On their opening drive, the Giants plowed through the Dallas defense, picking up at least 5 yards on each of their first six carries.

Scrambles by Daniel Jones for 8 and 11 yards contributed to that total. Saquon Barkley's bleeding was finally halted when safety Juanyeh Thomas made a futile tackle on him.

Cornerback Noah Igbinoghene returned Thomas's blocked 45-yard field goal 58 yards for a touchdown.

Even if the Dallas defense caused the Giants to bleed out from there (more on that in a bit), it's important to highlight Thomas's impressive NFL debut.

After graduating from Georgia Tech in 2022, he enters the league as an undrafted rookie.

He excelled on special teams, and it got the attention of Cowboys coordinator John Fassel.

However, because of the team's depth at safety, he spent all of 2022 on the practice squad.

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