Never in a million years did we ever think we’d be writing an article with this headline. Never in a million years did we think the New York Giants would start the year 2-0. Never in a million years did we think we’d have any concern about a game against the Giants in 2022.
Yet, here we are.
The Giants are one of six teams left in the NFL with a perfect record. GM Joe Schoen and new head coach Brian Daboll are already making serious headway in just a few short months. Now, it’s obviously worth noting that this team beat the Tennessee Titans and the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are an incredibly subpar team and the Titans have shocked people with an 0-2 record after getting absolutely shattered by the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.
Regardless, the Cowboys are looking to start their divisional play with a win, and they need to get one against a rival team in a primetime game.
Here are things Dallas needs to look out for with this New York team.
3 things the Cowboys must watch for against the new-look Giants
1. Saquon Barkley is healthy and looking great
The Dallas Cowboys have been plagued by several injuries in the past few months, and if anyone knows what that’s like it’s former second-overall pick Saquon Barkley. The highly touted running back has missed large chunks of time due to several severe injuries.
However, in 2022, he looks to be back to his old self. He currently leads the NFL in rushing yards (236) ahead of Nick Chubb (228), Jonathan Taylor (215), De’Andre Swift (200), and Leonard Fournette (192).
Barkley had an NFL-high 164 yards in Week 1, and after being held to just three yards in the first half of Week 2, the RB found a way to push through and get 69 more yards in the second half.
The Dallas defense has been phenomenal, but they also allowed Fournette to run for 127 yards in the nightmare Week 1 loss. You can only contain a great running back for so long, and Barkley looks the best he has since he tore his ACL two years ago.
It’s unlikely that the Giants fully trust Daniel Jones in the passing game, so expect to see a lot of Barkley on Monday.