Giants vs Cowboys : Dallas has had a week off and is no doubt ready to get back on the field. Dallas and the Giants will face off in an NFC East battle at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys have a defense that allows only 17.71 points per game, so the Giants’ offense will have their work cut out for them.
Dallas took their matchup against Philadelphia two weeks ago by a conclusive 37-10 score. The contest was pretty much decided by the half, when the score had already reached 27-7.
Dallas’ defense was a presence, and it collected one interception and three fumbles. That interception came courtesy of FS Xavier Woods with 11:59 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the Giants didn’t finish too far behind, but the squad still lost 31-26 to Detroit last week. The Giants got a solid performance out of QB Daniel Jones, who passed for 322 yards and four TDs on 41 attempts; unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough for the win. Jones’ longest connection was to RB Saquon Barkley for 38 yards in the third quarter. Barkley ended up with 79 receiving yards, more than he has had in any other game this season.
The Giants’ defense was a presence as well, and it made life painful for QB Matthew Stafford and got past Detroit’s offensive line for a total of four sacks for a loss of 26 yards. It was a group effort with four picking up one sack apiece.
Dallas is the favorite in this one, with an expected 6.5-point margin of victory. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with them, who are 4-3 against the spread.
Dallas’ victory lifted them to 4-3 while the Giants’ loss dropped them down to 2-6. We’ll see if Dallas’ success rolls on or if the Giants are able to steal their positive momentum.
The New York Giants announced on Sunday that Shepard will return to concussion protocol, and will miss their game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. Shepard was officially cleared to return on Friday afternoon.
“He practiced fully this week and was limited with no contact the two weeks before that,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. “He told [head trainer] Ronnie [Barnes on Saturday that] he didn’t feel well and was sent for examination and evaluation. When he arrived for work this morning, he still did not feel well. At that point, the decision was made to continue in the concussion protocol.”
Clay: This one is a bit tough to swallow considering Prescott threw for 405 yards in the Week 1 meeting between these teams. Prescott also cleared 400 yards against Green Bay, but he has been under 279 yards in his other five games, averaging 251.0 passing yards per game this season. We saw a similar trend in 2018, as Prescott reached 385 passing yards in two games but had no additional 300-yard games, averaging 220.9 passing yards in his other 16 games (including the playoffs). The Cowboys have remained committed to the run, calling pass 56% of the time in 2019, which is sixth-lowest in the league. Dallas is favored by 7.5 points, which should allow Ezekiel Elliott to stay busy. Prescott’s projection comes in at 267 yards.
Dallas Cowboys looking to prove they’re all in on Super Bowl run after Bennett trade – Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
Monday will be the first opportunity for the Dallas Cowboys to showcase Michael Bennett and their all-in mentality.
Every now and again, you need to make a statement: to your fans, to your opponents, to yourselves. The Giants need one of those Monday night at MetLife Stadium. They need to clear their throats and shout at the sky and let the rest of professional football hear them.
They need to beat the Dallas Cowboys.
It will only be one win, won’t count for any extra, no matter how deep the rivalry is. The record would still be just 3-6. They are almost certainly not going to the playoffs for a third straight year, for a seventh time in the past eight. There are still issues that need to be addressed, holes that need to be filled. A win won’t be a magic elixir in any way.
Win the game anyway. Prove you really are going in the right direction. Heck, three weeks ago the Cowboys were at the Meadowlands and the Jets bested them, and yes, that whole sentence looks like a typo.
“I think we’re a better team than when we played them in the opener,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said this week. “We’ve made some improvements in a lot of areas. That first game, we gave up a lot of big plays. We can’t do that and expect to win any games. That’s where you start first and then take it from there.”
Whether you agree with the sentiment or not, Dave Gettleman treated this week’s trading deadline the way Brodie Van Wagenen did for the Mets back in July: acquiring rather than shedding, fortifying rather than frittering, adding Leonard Williams for a couple of draft picks and keeping all of his key components.
The bye week has come and gone. That the Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants on Monday Night Football made the wait feel even longer, but the long break means a lot of rest for the weary. The Cowboys are, aside from linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and cornerback Anthony Brown (who they tried to trade to the other New York team), as healthy as they’ve been all season. Meanwhile, the Giants enter the game with nearly a clean slate when it comes to injuries, only wide receiver Sterling Shepard has been ruled out.
Dallas enters the divisional bout as seven-point favorites. The Cowboys record against the spread matches their actual one while New York is 3-5 in the same scenario. On paper, there is a huge gap in expectations between the two teams. Using DVOA, the Giants are ranked No. 26 in the entire league, while Dallas comes in at No. 4.