It was a tale of two very different games for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants in Week 11. Dallas got injured players such as Ezekiel Elliott, Anthony Brown, and DeMarcus Lawrence back to help them pull off a completely one-sided 40-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Giants, on the other hand, suffered an embarrassing loss to the Detroit Lions. However, the Giants didn’t just lose a game. They lost a lot of key players, too.
There were six New York players who were forced to leave Sunday’s game with injuries: Fabian Moreau (ribs), Jason Pinnock (jaw), Trye Phillips (neck), Jon Feliciano (neck), Adoree’ Jackson (knee), and Wan’Dale Robinson (knee).
Perhaps the two most important players on that list are already reported to be out for quite some time, making the Cowboys path against the Giants on Thanksgiving that much easier.
Giants rookie receiver Wan’Dale Robinson will miss the remainder of his season after tearing his ACL on Sunday. The rookie’s knee buckled as he got tackled on the first play of the fourth quarter. Things seemed serious right away as Robinson grabbed his right leg and was rolling in pain on the field immediately after the play.
The hard part for the Giants is that Robinson, a second-round pick, was having the best game of his career. He had nine catches for 100 yards against Detroit before going down. Now, an already struggling receiver group is losing a major target. Veteran Kenny Golloday has still been a whole lot of nothing with only four catches for 51 yards and zero touchdowns so far in 2022. Richie James will have to step back into the slot receiver role with Darius Slayton becoming the clear No. 1.
Giants-Cowboys injury report ahead of Week 12 matchup
On Monday morning, yet another major loss for the Giants was revealed by Ian Rapoport. Starting cornerback and part-time returner Adoree’ Jackson injured himself while returning a punt for the Giants. Jackson left the game and did not return.
Now, it is being reported that Jackson suffered a sprained MCL, which will keep him out for about four to six weeks.
The Giants could certainly use Jackson’s help in the passing game against the Cowboys. In 10 games, the corner had 51 tackles and seven pass breakups.
As far as the Cowboys go, Micah Parsons was the only Cowboys player who seemed to sustain an injury in Week 11. He walked off the field after experiencing knee pain. Although he was listed as questionable to return, he was seen back on the field a few plays later, which gives us all faith that he will be good to go on Thursday.
Linebacker Anthony Barr was out on Sunday with a hamstring injury, but the Cowboys seemed to perform just fine without him should be be unable to play on Thursday.
At the end of the day, the Giants have just two days to figure out what they will do with their receiving corps and secondary groups. They hit the road to face their division rival on Thanksgiving Day, and unlike many probably thought before the season, this one has a ton of meaning. Both teams are 7-3 and need the victory to continue to climb in the NFC and NFC East. The Giants will now have to do so very shorthandedly.