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The Dallas Cowboys are clinging to a narrow advantage atop the NFC East due in large part to their strong showings against the division rivals. The Cowboys look to remain perfect within the NFC East and record their third straight season sweep of the New York Giants on Monday night when the clubs meet in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Dak Prescott has been under center for each of Dallas' last five starts against New York, including throwing for 405 yards and a career high-tying four touchdowns in a 35-17 victory on Sept. 8. The 26-year-old Prescott tossed for three more scores the following week in a win over Washington before the Cowboys improved to 3-0 in the division after he threw for a touchdown and ran for another in a 37-10 romp over Philadelphia on Oct. 20. While Dallas entered its bye with momentum, New York has lost four in a row after dropping a 31-26 decision to Detroit on Sunday. Star running back Saquon Barkley has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games after missing the previous three with an ankle injury.

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Cowboys -7. O/U: 48

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (4-3): Ezekiel Elliott ended his preseason holdout in time to find the end zone in the opener versus New York, a common occurrence this season as the two-time NFL rushing leader scored for the sixth time in seven games following a 111-yard performance against the Eagles. "I think I've gotten into the groove," Elliott said. "The last game was the best I felt this season, so build on top of that and keep that thing going." Veteran tight end Jason Witten has scored in each of his last three meetings with the Giants, while Amari Cooper had 106 receiving yards in both the first contest against New York as well as the encounter versus Philadelphia. Cooper, in fact, participated in a full practice on Thursday for the first time in nearly four weeks, a sign that indicates his troublesome ankle and quadriceps are on the mend.



ABOUT THE GIANTS (2-6): Daniel Jones joined Prescott as the lone rookie quarterbacks with two games of 300-plus yards, two-plus touchdowns and zero interceptions in NFL history after he threw for 322 yards and four scores versus the Lions. That's quite a turnaround from Jones' previous four contests, when the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft averaged 197.8 yards while totaling four passing touchdowns and seven interceptions. Two of Jones' touchdown passes on Sunday landed in the outstretched arms of fellow rookie Darius Slayton while another was reeled in by tight end Evan Engram, who has found the end zone three times in his past three games against Dallas. Wideout Sterling Shepard and cornerback Corey Ballentine are in line to return to action, with both serving as full participants in practice this week as they work their way back from respective concussions.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Giants made a rare trade with the rival Jets on Monday by acquiring former Pro Bowl DE Leonard Williams in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020 and a fifth-rounder in 2021.

2. While Dallas is averaging an NFL-high 437.9 yards on offense, its defense is permitting a league eighth-best 324.9 yards and surrendering just 17.7 points per contest.

3. New York has recorded a turnover in 14 consecutive contests, tied with Pittsburgh for the longest active streak in the NFL.

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Last Injuries

New York Giants

  • Adrian Colbert

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Colbert has been absent from the previous two games due to an injured quad, and it is uncertain if he will take the field Sunday against the Rams.

  • Brandon Williams

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Williams is on the injured reserve list with a groin injury, and it is unclear when he will return to the fold.

  • Jabrill Peppers

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peppers exited the previous game with a low-ankle sprain, and it is unknown if he will play against the Rams on Sunday.

  • Sterling Shepard

    Toe
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Shepard has been shifted to the injured reserve list with turf toe, and he is without a definitive timetable for recovery.

  • Carter Coughlin

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Coughlin missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to available against the 49ers on Sunday.

  • Saquon Barkley

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Barkley has been moved to the injured reserve list with a torn ACL in his right knee.

  • Tae Crowder

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Crowder sat out the previous game with a hamstring injury, but it is not expected to interfere with his status for Sunday's contest with the Bears.

  • Golden Tate

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Tate missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Bears.

Dallas Cowboys

  • Joe Looney

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Looney left the previous game due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday versus the Browns.

  • Tyron Smith

    Stinger
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith has missed the past two games with a neck stinger, and it is unclear if he will return against the Browns on Sunday.

  • Chidobe Awuzie

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Awuzie has wound up on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear how long he will be idle.

  • Demarcus Lawrence

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Lawrence has a knee injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Seahawks.

  • Trevon Diggs

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Diggs is bothered by a shoulder injury, but he is expected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Seahawks.

  • Anthony Brown

    Ribs
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brown has been moved to the injured reserve list, and it has yet to be established when he will return to the fold.

  • Luke Gifford

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Gifford sat out the previous game with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.

  • Aldon Smith

    Teeth
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is ailing from a tooth issue, and it is unclear if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Falcons.