The Cowboys are coming off their third loss of the season to the Eagles and have many things to improve on.
However, the Giants are struggling to score or find any productivity on the offense, especially with a rookie quarterback taking the reigns with Daniel Jones out for the season.
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants Game Preview
This is a must-win game for the Cowboys, especially after losing to the Eagles. Continuing to win divisional games can only help increase seeding for the playoffs later on down the line.
However, this would be an excellent week for the Cowboys to establish the run and build confidence with Tony Pollard and Rico Dowdle.
As for the Giants, pulling off an upset could be precisely what they need to kickstart a new chapter for the rest of the season.
The injury bug has been no stranger to the team and contributed to the offense’s struggle this season.
Tommy DeVito will need to rely heavily on the run from Saquon Barkley, or the Cowboys’ pass rush will quickly bully him throughout the game.
Cowboys-Giants Stats From Inside Edge
- The Giants have scored on 20.7% of their drives in the fourth quarter this season — second-worst in the NFL.
- The Cowboys’ defense has allowed scores on 19.2% of opponent drives in the 4th quarter this season — second-best in the NFL.
Analysis: If the Cowboys’ offense can score touchdowns and the defense can create takeaways, this game might not make it into the fourth quarter. However, this game will depend on who wins the time of possession early on to determine how much the starters need to play by the fourth quarter.
- Jake Ferguson (DAL) has averaged 5.9 yards after the catch since Week 6 — fifth-best of qualified TEs.
- The Giants have allowed 6.8 yards after catch per reception to TEs since Week 6 — fourth-worst in the NFL.
Analysis: Ferguson should have another active game to continue building his chemistry with Prescott. He has embraced his role as the team’s starting tight end and, with more integration into the offense, can become even more dynamic in the passing game.
The Cowboys could also utilize him in the red zone to ensure they are scoring touchdowns and not relying on Brandon Aubrey to kick as many field goals as he was at the start of the season.
- Giants RBs have rushed for ten or more yards on just 4.7% of 193 carries this season — second-worst in the NFL.
- The Cowboys have allowed 10+ yards on just 5.6% of carries to RBs this season — third-best in the NFL.
Analysis: If the Giants want to ensure success in this game, they will need to rely on their rushing attack and eliminate opportunities for the Cowboys’ defense to create takeaways. Barkley will be key in this game, and allowing him to establish the run will make or break this game.
- Tony Pollard (DAL) has broken 13 tackles since Week 6 — most among RBs.
- The Giants have broken five tackles since Week 6 — fifth-fewest in the NFL.
Analysis: This should be the game in which the Cowboys can establish the run. After week nine, the Cowboys rank eighth in rushing yards per game. However, with the team ranking fifth in passing yards per game, the offense can only get more potent if the run can become a consistent threat.
- Giants QBs have been 98 sacked since the 2022 season — most in the NFL.
- The Cowboys have sacked the quarterback 75 times since the 2022 season — fourth-most in the NFL.
Analysis: This game could be a feeding frenzy for the Cowboys’ pass rush if Devito holds on to the ball for too long. Not only will Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence pose the usual threat, but so can guys like Osa Odighizuwa and Dorance Armstrong.
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