Entering week three of the season the Cowboys find themselves in a Monday night fight against their rivals. The New York Giants are familiar with Dallas, having to face them twice per year. Although the season is young, this game could have larger implications on deciding the division winner.
Fans feel Dallas has this game wrapped up due to the Cowboys winning nine of the last ten match-ups. Yet this is a new season, and the Giants are looking like an upgraded team under Brian Daboll.
Stopping the run
One of the biggest differences for the Giants this season has been the resurrection of Saquon Barkley. Over the first two games, Barkley, has posted 236 yards on the ground. The run defense for the Cowboys has already surrendered over 200 rushing yards to their opponents. The Cowboys must get out to an early lead in order to prevent Barkley from getting too many rushing attempts. If Saquon continues his level of play, the Cowboys could be in for a long day.
Saquon Barkley hasn't had a 50+ yard run in 3 years. There he goes!pic.twitter.com/qeGEYVPSzW
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 11, 2022
Getting to the quarterback
Micah Parsons currently leads the league with his four sacks, which are also half of the Cowboys’ total sacks. Dallas’ edge in this game should come via the passing attack of the Giants due to their offensive line woes. Thus far, Daniel Jones has been sacked eight times, the exact amount of sacks Dallas’ defense has on the year. The Giants also currently rank second to last when it comes to the air attack. The Cowboys must not allow New York to get their passing game in a rhythm. With Parsons showing no signs of slowing down, Dallas has the opportunity to create chaos for Jones.
Micah Parsons on pace this season for 34 sacks and 60 QB hits pic.twitter.com/jHRTTZNzzs
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 19, 2022
This game might not seem worthy of a main event, but the Cowboys know how to put on show when the lights come on. This game will have many highs and lows for both teams, however only one can come out on top. If Dallas can snatch another win without their starting quarterback, it would be a great step in the right direction.
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