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Sunday Jan 3, 1:00 PM - Cowboys at Giants

Giants (5-10) Cowboys (6-9)
The Cowboys got off to a slow start in their game with the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. Once they pulled ahead, there was no stopping them. The Cowboys held the Eagles scoreless while they added 17 more points to finish with a 37-17 win.
The Giants were no match for the Baltimore Ravens in the first half of their game last week. They found themselves trailing 20-3. The Giants did better after that, holding the Ravens to just one more touchdown, but they still lost 27-13.

Dallas Cowboys
Things are looking up for the Cowboys, at least up as much as any of the other teams in the NFC East, except for one. The Washington Football Team controls their own destiny, and they will decide who wins the division title on Sunday night based on the outcome of their game with the Philadelphia Eagles. If the Cowboys win Sunday against the Giants, and if Eagles can't stop Washington, it will be the second year in a row they determined the fate of the Cowboys.
In 2019, the Eagles finished the season with a four game win streak. If they hadn't beaten the Cowboys in the next to last game, the Cowboys would have won the division.
The Cowboys have only six wins on the year, but three have come in the last games they've played. If they close out their season by wining four, they'll be beholding to the Eagles to play their best against Washington.

Cowboys Offense
Dak Prescott was injured in the first game the Cowboys played with the Giants. Andy Dalton came in and the Giants greeted him with a sack on his first play of the season. Dalton came right back at them with an 11 yard pass to CeeDee Lamb. Ezekiel Elliott finished the drive with a 12 yard touchdown run. As the game moved on, it looked to be headed to overtime with the score tied 34-34, and less than one minute left. Dalton started at the Cowboys 12-yard line, threw an incompletion before completing three long passes, and then a 34 yard field goal won it for the Cowboys.
One of those passes went to Amari Cooper, and two to Michael Gallup. Dalton has made good use of the Cowboys three top receivers, especially last week. Cooper, Gallup and Lamb caught 13 passes for a total of 307 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the year, they each have caught 5 touchdowns. Lamb added one rushing touchdown to his list on a 19-yard run last game. Ezekiel Elliott had none, but he averaged 5.5 yards a carry, running for 105 yards on 19 carries.
Elliott also caught all four passes thrown his way for 34 yards. It was thought that the Cowboys top running back wouldn't be at full speed or maybe not even play after missing the first game of his career the week earlier due to a calf injury. In that game against the Niners, Tony Pollard had 69 yards rushing and touchdown runs of 1 and 40 yards. The Cowboys have depth on offense, are putting it all together, and wish they hadn't lost both low scoring games to Washington, or they'd already hold the division title.

Cowboys Defense
Last year the Cowboys gave up an average of just about 20 points a game, and this year it's 30. That's one of the reasons you get a 6-9 record. However, over the past three games, they have allowed an average score of only 19 points a game, much better than the near 33 points per game they allowed previously. Maybe they are finally understanding the new defensive scheme instituted by Mike Nolan, who replaced former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Teams can get hot, and over the past three games, this defense has forced 10 turnovers. Before that they had 11 turnovers in 12 games. The secondary has picked off opposing quarterbacks 4 times in the past two games, resulting in four total interceptions compared to 5 in the previous 12 games.
Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is always a problem for opposing offenses. His sack output has dropped in the last two years, 5 last season and 5.5 now, because he's double teamed. That does create opportunity for others. Defensive end Randy Gregory has 3.5 sacks after missing all of 2019 due to suspension, and an additional six games in 2020. Getting back into things, he finished last week with three forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks. The Cowboys secondary is not the best, but as other teams have come to realize, Darius Slayton has to be covered. Those teams learned from watching Slayton play in the first game against the Cowboys where he caught 8 of 11 passes for 129 yards.

Giants Offense
Last week they put up 13 points with two field goals and one passing touchdown. That's not going to win many football games. Daniel Jones hasn't thrown an interception in the last five games he's played. The downside is that he's thrown only 2 touchdowns during that span. In two of those three games he won, Jones ran with the ball 15 times for 83 yards, and 1 touchdown. In the last two games, both losses, Jones scrambled 1 time for 3 yards, was sacked 6 times in each game, and threw for two of his three lowest completion percentages.
What's going to change for this game? It felt as though Jones was on a leash last game, just slightly longer than it was the week earlier. If Jones is as close to being healthy as some believe he is, that would be the game changing dog the Giants need on Sunday. If he could make the Cowboys defense worry about his mobility, that would help the entire offense get the running game off to a good start.
There wasn't much opportunity to run last week, and Wayne Gallman led the Giants with just 27 rushing yards on his six carries. Not counting Jones scramble, there were only five more runs in that game, as the Giants were trailing and had to throw. Jones did that 41 times, and Sterling Shepard had a season high total 9 receptions for 77 yards. Tight end Evan Engram was next with 7 receptions for 65 yards. Darius Slayton was well covered and caught only 2 passes for 26 yards.

Giants Defense
The last time the Giants faced the Cowboys, Andy Dalton completed 9 of 11 passes for 111 yards, and he wasn't fully prepared to play in that game. Dalton came in when Dak Prescott was injured, and the Giants secondary was actually doing better when Prescott was throwing the ball. Dalton was injured two weeks later and missed two games. In the past three games Dalton has thrown 7 touchdowns and just one interception. Now with their offense stabilized, this Cowboys team is doing major damage to opposing defenses. The Giants let the Ravens run on them for 250 yards, and the Cowboys will be eager to also try to control the game that way using Ezekiel Elliott as much as they can. Elliott, who came back after missing one game, showed that he is at full strength.
Last game against the Giants, Elliott carried the ball 19 times for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tony Pollard added 30 yards on 6 carries. You can't score if your offense can't get on the field, and that's one of the things that happened to the Giants last week. If the defense plays tough up front, they will still have to deal with receivers in the secondary. The Cowboys are ranked seventh in the league overall in passing yards using receivers they can count on.
The Giants did not register a sack against Lamar Jackson last week, ending their streak of 18 consecutive games with at least one. Dalton is not anything like Jackson, or Prescott for that matter, with his mobility. If the Giants can bring it, they better bring it all for their last shot at the division title.

The last time these two teams met, the Giants were 0-4, and the Cowboys 1-3. Both teams have 'improved' their win total over the season, adding five more, but in the process, also added six more losses. While they are respectively 5-10 and 6-9, both have a shot at the division title by winning their game on Sunday. The loser is out for sure. Washington has the lead, and doesn't care about any of this. They know they have to win their game in Philadelphia or they will forfeit that lead and the division title will go to either the Giants or Cowboys.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Cowboys (6-9) at Giants (5-10).
Sunday at 8:25pm Washington (6-9) at Eagles (4-10-1).
The Cowboys and Washington are favored to win in these games.
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