What We’ve Seen and Possible Defensive Gameplan Against Dallas
Opponents Points Per Game: 20.4 points
Opponents Passing Yards Per Game: 211.8 yards
Opponents Rushing Yards Per Game: 135.9 yards
Opponents Total Yards Per Game: 347.7 yards
Opponents Third Down Conversion Percentage: 34.2%
Opponents Red Zone Conversion Percentage: 43.6%
The Giants’ defense has been very good throughout the season if you don’t include the Lions game on Sunday. When they face the Cowboys this time around they will also have their pass rushers back in the lineup which should help put pressure on Dak Prescott.
The Giants know, though, that they first must stop running backs Ezekiel Elliott (who came back from a knee injury last week and had two rushing touchdowns) and Tony Pollard (who had two touchdowns of his own and carried the load for two weeks while Elliott recovered).
The Giants are going to be expecting big games from Lawrence and Williams to slow this Cowboys’ rushing attack and force them to be more of a one-dimensional team. They are going to need their front seven to be aggressive and disruptive at the point of attack if they want to win this game.
If not, the Cowboys will be able to play off their strong running game and pick apart this banged-up Giants secondary. Another issue for the Giants will be Prescott’s ability to run the football. Last time, they got beaten by Cooper Rush and he’s just a pocket passer so they can’t lose containment on Prescott either.
It’s going to be a tough day for a Giants defense as they deal with injuries and go up against the amount of talent the Cowboys have on offense. But this is the NFC East. We saw the Commanders beat the Eagles, and the same could happen here as well.
Cowboys Offensive Strategy
The Giants are the worst team in the NFL in terms of their opponents’ yards per carry which currently sits at 5.3 yards per attempt. The Cowboys have the offensive line and the running backs to control this game from start to finish and should look to use them to beat the Giants into submission.
Elliott and Pollard should be the focal points in this game in order to combat a Giants’ defense that will look to come out and win the line of scrimmage in order to stop the running game.
If the Cowboys are able to get the running game going, then they will be able to pick apart this secondary using their tight ends. With safety Xavier McKinney and the injuries at cornerback, the Giants will look to take away the deep pass leaving the middle of the field open for Dalton Schultz, Jake Ferguson, and Peyton Hendershot to exploit the middle of the field and move the chains. Do this and the Cowboys will control the clock and win this game.