GI­ANTS STATIS­TICS

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Pass­ing

Gi­ants Opp. Rush­ing Gi­ants Opp. Scor­ing

Gi­ants Opp. Att

37 33 Att. 23 28 TD

1 2 Cmp

23 210 62.2 18 168 54.5 Yds Avg Lng TD 114 5.0 68 137 4.9 41

Rsh Rec Ret

1 0 Pos­ses­sion Avg. To­tal Net Yards Net Yards Rush­ing Avg. Per Game Net Yards Pass­ing Avg. Per Game Yds

0 1 Gi­ants

0 0 Cmp% 1 0 Pts

15 20 Opp. Yds/ Att

5.7 0 5.1 1 Re­ceiv­ing Gi­ants Opp. Int

Gi­ants Opp.

Kick­ing

Gi­ants Opp. TD Int

1 1 Rec. Lng

24 31 Yds

2/14 67.8 1/8 67.2 Avg Lng TD 23 224 9.7 24 18 176 9.8 31 No. Yds Avg

1 1

PAT

0/0 3/3 2/2 2/2 Gi­ants

To­tal First Downs Rush­ing

3rd Down Pct. 4th Down/Att. 4th Down Pct. Penal­ties/Yards Sack/ Lost

0 32

0.0 32.0

FG Rtg 0 1 TD

0 1

Pts

9 8 Opp. L ........ at Carolina ........ 16-8 Sept. 16 . N.Y. Gi­ants . 8:20 Sept. 23 .. at Seat­tle .. 4:25 Sept. 30 ....... Detroit ....... 1 Oct. 7 ... at Hous­ton ... 8:20 Oct. 14 . Jack­sonville . 4:25 Oct. 21 at Washington 4:25 Oct.28 ............. Bye ............. Nov. 5 ... Ten­nessee ... 8:15 Nov. 11 ..... at Philly ..... 8:20 Nov. 18 ...... at At­lanta ...... 1 Nov. 22 . Washington . 4:30 Nov. 29 New Orleans 8:20 Dec. 9 .. Philadel­phia .. 4:25 Dec.16.atIn­di­anapo­lis.1 Dec. 23 ..... Tampa Bay ..... 1 Dec. 30 .. at N.Y. Gi­ants .. 1

Sun­day, 8:20 p.m. ET, AT&T Sta­dium, Ar­ling­ton, Texas TV: NBC

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Cow­boys by 3 ⁄2

1

Gi­ants’ keys to vic­tory

The Gi­ants couldn’t pro­tect QB Eli Man­ning or open run­ning lanes against the Jaguars, which led to forced throws and third-and­long sit­u­a­tions. Against Dal­las, the Gi­ants must es­tab­lish the run, work off the play-ac­tion pass and al­low Man­ning time to go through his reads. De­fen­sively, it will be all about stop­ping RB Ezekiel El­liott and find­ing a way to pres­sure QB Dak Prescott with­out let­ting him take off. That lat­ter tac­tic has proven Prescott vul­ner­a­ble.

Cow­boys’ keys to vic­tory

It will be sim­ple: Take ad­van­tage of the Gi­ants’ poor of­fen­sive line and put con­sis­tent pres­sure on Eli Man­ning while meet­ing Saquon Barkley and the other run­ning backs in the back­field. On the op­po­site side of the ball, it will be all about tak­ing ad­van­tage of Alec Ogle­tree and the lineback­ers, who con­tinue to strug­gle with cov­er­age in the mid­dle of the field.

Who wins?

There’s no easy way to pre­dict how a Gi­ants-Cow­boys game will go, which is es­sen­tially the case for any NFC East ri­valry game. How­ever, the in­ten­sity of the ri­valry ba­si­cally means all logic can be thrown out the win­dow. The game likely will come down to the fi­nal mo­ments, as it of­ten does, and will be de­ter­mined by which team comes up clutch. If Man­ning re­ally does have a big year left, this will be an op­por­tu­nity to show it.

Gi­ants, 23-17

Dan Ben­ton

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