Giants get help as Cowboys ride Cooper to win over Redskins


Odell Beckham Jr.’s wish is looking less ridiculous by the day.

The Giants got a step closer to contention — if not exactly to a playoff spot — as the Cowboys took down the Redskins, 31-23, in an NFC East Thanksgiving matchup that will have major ramifications on the division race.

Amari Cooper had a 90-yard touchdown catch while finishing with 180 yards receiving and two scores, and the Cowboys pulled even with Washington atop the East, with both teams at a mediocre 6-5.

“Everyone jumped off the bandwagon, of course, at 3-5,” quarterback Dak Prescott said. “You expect that. I can tell you who didn’t doubt ourselves. As long as we locked arms, we stayed tight, we knew we could do this and we can do more. That’s the only thing that matters to us.”

The Giants, after starting the season 1-7, have won their past two games to get to 3-7, and with a win Sunday over East rival Philadelphia, they could move to within two games of the lead in a division that suddenly looks up for grabs.

It was just three weeks ago that Beckham declared he expected the Giants to win out and make the playoffs — a proposition that seemed laughable after Beckham and Co. had dropped all but one of their first eight contests.