New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys Gut Prediction
Prediction: Cowboys 34, Giants 24
To be sort of blunt, I don’t think the Giants should be able to hang with this Cowboys team. It feels that the Cowboys are putting together something special, and the Giants are in a bit of a rebuild mixed with no real direction.
The offensive freight train of the Cowboys doesn’t slow down this week. They show up and they put another game of 30+ points against a defense that ranks in the bottom half of most major categories. The Giants give up 123 rushing yards per game and the Cowboys are averaging nearly 166 rushing yards per game. The favorable matchup of very movable force, the Giants defense, versus the unstoppable object, the Cowboys rushing attack.
The Cowboys’ passing offense should be just fine against the Giants’ pass defense. While better than their run defense, it is still bottom half of the league. I suspect the play-action passing game to open up early and be a big factor in the Cowboys’ offensive success. Dak Prescott gets to put the final nail in the coffin and fully move on from the ankle saga with a couple of touchdowns.
On the flip side, I actually do think Daniel Jones will have a little success through the air. Coming off a 402-yard performance last week, he has some confidence. Saquon Barkley seems to be looking a bit more explosive than he has. The Cowboys’ defense has limited giving up explosive touchdowns, but I have a bad feeling we give one up this week. Don’t worry, though, Dan Quinn will sure it up right away and the defensive clamps go right back on the Giants.
Ultimately, the Cowboys wear down a lesser Giants team and come out with a victory. I predict a 34-24 victory that, like last week against the Panthers, doesn’t feel as close as the score says. NFL games don’t tend to often get to 20+ point margins and I see a game the Cowboys win handily and continue marching onward in a 10-point victory.
This is a game that good teams win when they get rolling and I firmly believe this year’s Cowboys are a good team. I don’t foresee a stumble against the Giants this Sunday and like the Cowboys to move to 4-1. The Cowboys continue to separate themselves from the rest of the NFC East and work to elevate themselves towards the class of the NFC.