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Sunday Oct 11, 4:25 PM - Giants at Cowboys

Giants (0-4) Cowboys (1-3)
The Cowboys scored 38 points last Sunday in their game with the Cleveland Browns. Still, it wasn't enough to keep up with the Browns, who outscored them 49-38.
The Giants had a chance to catch up near the end of their game in Los Angeles. Things didn't work out for them, and they took a 17-9 loss to the Rams.

Dallas Cowboys
Things have certainly changed for the Cowboys since last year. Jerry Jones fired head coach Jason Garrett and hired Mike McCarthy to fill that spot. McCarthy sat out the 2019 season after after being fired in Green Bay with a 125-77-2 record in the regular season, and one Super Bowl title. Garrett passed on to McCarthy the league's top offense in 2019, and he also inherited a defense that was ranked 9th. Last year at this time, the Cowboys held a 3-1 record, and they finished the season at 8-8.
If the Cowboys had won their next to last game in Philadelphia, it would have been the Cowboys going to the playoffs instead of the Eagles. Garrett might even have retained his job as head coach. Jerry Jones certainly wasn't happy, and he's probably not happy now, with his team currently sitting at 1-3. Garrett will be returning to his old stadium for the first time, and it will be interesting to see how the fans react to him when he steps out to the sidelines.

Dallas Cowboys Offense
The Cowboys continue to field a strong offense. They are the only team in the NFL averaging at least 500 yards per game (510). Dak Prescott has produced an average 408 passing yards per game. Obviously if you do the math, you can see that the ground game isn't where they would like it to be. They were fifth in the league last year, averaging almost 135 yards a game. Ezekiel Elliott is averaging 3.9 yards a carry, which is the lowest in his career, but they are getting the ball to him in the air. Elliott pulled in 8 of 8 last week, and overall has caught 23 of 30 for 159 yards and 1 touchdown. That projects out to be more targets, catches, and yards than he has had in any other year.
If the Cowboys do want to run more, it doesn't help that seven-time Pro Bowler left tackle Tyron Smith won't be available. The Cowboys two best ground games to date have been with Smith in the lineup. If that means more passing, Amari Cooper is certainly up to the task. His 134 receiving yards last week has him third in the NFL with a total 401 receiving yards, and he's second with 37 receptions. The Giants secondary will also have to deal with deep threat Michael Gallup, who is averaging 21.2 yards a catch, and rookie CeeDee Lamb, who came on strong last week, catching 5 of 7 for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns.
UPDATE: Center Joe Looney, who started the first four games, is out with a knee injury.

Dallas Cowboys Defense
The Cowboys have given up more points than any other team in the NFL. So far against them this season teams have averaged 36.5 points a game. In their first game, a loss to the Rams, the defense gave up just 20. After that, 39 to the Falcons in their only win, before losing the next two games to the Seahawks 38-31, and Browns 49-38. They gave up a franchise-record 307 yards rushing last week to the Browns, which has them now allowing an average 172.5 rushing yards per game.
The Cowboys are working with a new defensive scheme instituted by Mike Nolan, who replaced former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. They sure could use having two key skilled players back on the field. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch broke his collar bone in the first game, and linebacker Sean Lee has been on injured reserve since the start of the season. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie has missed the last two games, but cornerback Anthony Brown is now available. Brown was just moved from IR to the active roster after missing three games with a rib injury.

Giants Offense
Good news. Daniel Jones is a mobile quarterback who has rushed for 137 yards in four games. Bad news, Jones is the team's leading rusher, and that just shouldn't be. The Giants offensive line and ball carriers have improved each game as they learn to play without Saquon Barkley. It's been baby steps for sure, but last week running backs Devonta Freeman, playing in just his second game with the Giants, and Wayne Gallman combined for 17 carries and 78 yards, 4.6 yards a carry.
That's a big improvement from the week earlier where they had 9 carries for 17 yards. Freeman was also there for the passing attack, catching all four of Jones passes to him for 35 yards. Evan Engram was targeted the most, catching 6 of 10 for 35 yards, and Darius Slayton was next pulling in 3 of 7 for 48 yards. The offensive line needs to play well for the running backs, and for Jones to make the right decisions this week. If that happens they can score some touchdowns instead of field goals.

Giants Defense
Last week the defense limited Rams quarterback Jared Goff to 200 passing yards, his lowest of the season. In fact, if they hadn't allowed Goff to connect with Cooper Kupp in the fourth quarter with a 55 yard touchdown pass on a 3rd-and-3 play, well just do the math. They held the Rams overall rushing attack to 58 yards on 23 carries, a 2.5 yard average. You look at those numbers and think maybe the Giants should have won that game.
That would mean you skipped the paragraph above this one. The point is, the Giants defense seems to be getting its act together. Right now, even including a poor showing against San Francisco the week earlier, the Giants defense is 5th out of 32 teams in yards allowed at 328.3 per game. The Giants have placed outside linebacker Oshane Ximines on injured reserve. Strong safety Jabrill Peppers missed the game in Los Angeles against the Rams, and he may return this week.

The level of competition drops this week for the Giants, but does it drop enough? In the first four games, they faced opponents who have a combined 11-4 record so far this season. The Cowboys are 1-3, and could easily have been 0-4 if Atlanta didn't totally botch one special teams play.
On the other hand, the level of competition has also dropped for the Cowboys. The Giants haven't shown much on offense, and that could be a break for the Cowboys struggling defense. The Cowboys offense seems unstoppable, and while the Giants defense can play well for the most part, they are subject to giving up big plays.
There is another factor though. Jason Garrett was the Cowboys head coach up until last year. Certainly things have changed there, but Garrett still knows the tendencies of many of the players he coached. As far as play calling, current offensive coordinator Kellen Moore was doing just that for Garrett last year. His input could be the edge the Giants need to get their first win of the season in Arlington this Sunday.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Eagles (1-2-1) at Steelers (3-0).
Sunday at 1:00pm Rams (3-1) at Washington (1-3).
Sunday at 4:25pm Giants (0-4) at Cowboys (1-3).
The Cowboys are the only NFC East team favored to win in these games.
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