1. Contain the running game
One of the biggest issues with the Dallas defense last year was their run defense. This year the unit has done better at containing running backs except for the Arizona game. The Cardinals ran for 222 yards total. In four games Dallas has held their opponent to less than 100 yards rushing, but against the better teams they went over 100.
With the Giants and Panthers quarterback situations in turmoil, both will more than likely lean on the running game to move the offense. Daniel Jones will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL against the Raiders. Backup Tyrod Taylor is also still hurt with a rib injury, meaning the Cowboys will be facing Tommy DeVito this Sunday. Bryce Young also continues to struggle learning the Panthers' system in his rookie season.
However, both teams have running backs the Cowboys are familiar with. For the Giants, with Jones and Darren Waller still out, the focal point of their offense in the meantime is Saquon Barkley. While Barkley has only had one 100-yard game this season, he is still a threat. The Panthers signed former Eagle Miles Sanders, who has so far been a disappointment. However, a player who faced the Cowboys for several seasons in the same division still likely has knowledge of them.
While expectations are Dallas' defense will hold both of these backs in check in both games, Joshua Dobbs and James Conner had a field day on the ground several weeks back. Both DeVito and Young are also mobile quarterbacks and the Cowboys' front four has had trouble getting to them at times. As long as the defense prepares for the offenses to give their best, they will be fine.