Cowboys Offense Looks to Roll on MNF Against Giants
Same song, different day...a subpar NFC East division opponent for the Dallas Cowboys to play but don't blame Eli Manning because he is sidelined due to a coach's decision. Unlike part 1 against a winless New York Jets, the Cowboys need to get off to a good start and get the win against the New York Giants. This provides a two-fold benefit of gaining another expected win and widening the lead in the division.
Dak Prescott has been excellent against the Giants as the Cowboys have won the last five games against their division opponent. Dak has 9 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards passing in those games including the season opener in Arlington. With a healthy line, expect Ezekiel Elliott to stabilize the offense as the receivers go to work with Dak in continuing their air supremacy over the Giants secondary.
Daniel Jones, the rookie quarterback playing instead of Eli Manning will have a full compliment of offensive weapons to counter the Dallas defense. Of course Saquon Barkley will be the featured running back and a versatile athletic tight end Evan Engram along with wide receiver Golden Tate will play. Tate served a suspension earlier this season. Sterling Shepard will be at his wide receiver spot as well.
It seems that the Dallas defense is looking forward to playing a more mobile and youthful quarterback in Daniel Jones. Jones played in the latter stages of the season opener however this weekend it will be his offense to lead. Defensive end Robert Quinn and linebacker Leighton Van der Esch should be healthy enough to play coming off rib and neck injuries respectively. We will also see how the addition of defensive end Michael Bennett adds to this team as a seasoned and sometimes polarizing player.
Hopefully the bye week has infused the defense to get back after an offense, while the Giants lost another game last week to the Detroit Lions.
The Giants defense gave up 31 points to the Lions last week and should be vulnerable again. Their 3-4 defensive alignment as previously mentioned has not slowed down Dak the last several games and should give Elliott and company opportunity to run effectively early and often as well.