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New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick & Prediction OCT 11TH 2020

FinishedTV: CBSAT&T Stadium Arlington

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The running joke is that there is no "D" in Dallas, but the the state of the Cowboys' defense is no laughing matter.


It's serious business considering Dallas has surrendered a franchise-worst 146 points over the first four games of the season.


The Cowboys (1-3) look to repair their ailing defense on Sunday when they host the New York Giants (0-4) in a battle of struggling NFC East teams in Arlington, Texas.


Owner Jerry Jones said he's holding off on any changes and wants to "stay the course."


"They need to basically execute the scheme and the plan and ... trust the plan," Jones said of his defensive coaching staff and personnel. "Trust the scheme. You hear that all the time -- just trust the play, trust your preparation, trust the play. And that can be challenging if you've got a new system, and we certainly have a new system. But there's other clubs that have new systems, too, especially over on the defensive side of the ball. So, I think we will trust our schemes better."


The sheer numbers are staggering. Dallas is allowing an NFL-worst 36.5 points per game, a league third-worst 430.5 total yards per contest and 172.5 on the ground, which trails only the winless Houston Texans (181.8).


Cowboys new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan saw his team hemorrhage a franchise-high 307 rushing yards in its 49-38 loss to Cleveland last Sunday.


While defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was quick to label Dallas' performance as "soft," head coach Mike McCarthy went against sounding the alarm on Wednesday.


"I just think it's part of football. I mean I think it's anytime you have a transition whether it's a scheme or technique. I think those are the natural hurdles you have to get over," McCarthy said. "We're all disappointed that we're not over those hurdles with more consistency."


Cowboys safety Xavier Woods stressed communication with his teammates while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.


"That's the bottom line: All get on one page, communicate," Woods said. "When we're talking about breakdowns, communication, us not lining up correctly or us not seeing things between two people the same way. If one's wrong and the rest is right, then we're all wrong."


While the Cowboys' defense has allowed numbers that boggle the mind, the same can be said for statistics put forth by quarterback Dak Prescott.


Prescott is on pace to shatter Peyton Manning's single-season passing record by nearly 1,300 yards. His 1,690 passing yards through the first four games are 133 more than the previous record total of Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, who set the mark when he played with the then-St. Louis Rams in 2000.


Prescott completed 41 of 58 passes for a career-high 502 yards on Sunday to become the first player in NFL history to throw for 450 yards or more in three consecutive games.


On the flipside, New York's sputtering offense -- under former Dallas coach and now Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett -- is one of many reasons why the winless club resides in the cellar of the moribund NFC East. New York is averaging a paltry 11.8 points per game, which is a full 4.5 behind the next closest team.


A sliver of optimism has come to pass from New York's beleaguered rushing attack, which saw the combination of Devonta Freeman, Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman record 14 carries for 91 yards (6.5 yards per carry) in the second half of a 17-9 setback to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday.


Giants coach Joe Judge is excited to see his team play in front of fans after it competed in empty stadiums in each of the first four weeks of the season.


"There's a different kind of energy home and away, but I think both energies really add to the atmosphere and add to the environment," Judge said. "I'm looking forward to playing Dallas this week. It's a bonus that there are going to be fans there as well. That's just added incentive to it."


The Giants could also see the return of safety Jabrill Peppers, who was limited in Wednesday's practice after missing last week's game versus the Rams with an ankle injury.


Safety Adrian Colbert (neck) and linebacker Kyler Fackrell (neck) were also limited, while linebacker Oshane Ximines (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday.


As for Dallas, left tackle Tyron Smith (neck), defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford (ankle), defensive end Dorance Armstrong (knee) and center Joe Looney (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.


Lawrence (knee) and cornerback Trevon Diggs (shoulder/knee) were listed on the injury report but had a full practice.


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New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys

Player Position Lineup
Lorenzo Carter primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Evan Engram primary: Tight End Starter
Nick Gates primary: Center Starter
Will Hernandez primary: Left Guard Starter
Daniel Jones primary: Quarterback Starter
Dexter Lawrence primary: Defensive End Starter
Darius Slayton primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Kaden Smith primary: Tight End Starter
Dalvin Tomlinson primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Kevin Zeitler primary: Right Guard Starter
James Bradberry primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Kyler Fackrell primary: Linebacker Starter
Cameron Fleming primary: Right Tackle Starter
Blake Martinez primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Andrew Thomas primary: Left Tackle Starter
Darnay Holmes primary: Cornerback Starter
Tae Crowder primary: Linebacker Starter
C.J. Board primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Logan Ryan primary: Defensive Back Starter
Adrian Colbert primary: Defensive Back Starter
Ryan Lewis primary: Defensive Back Starter
Devonta Freeman primary: Runningback Starter
Corey Ballentine primary: Cornerback Substitution
Riley Dixon primary: Punter Substitution
Devante Downs primary: Linebacker Substitution
Wayne Gallman primary: Runningback Substitution
B.J. Hill primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Julian Love primary: Safety Substitution
Elijhaa Penny primary: Fullback Substitution
Jabrill Peppers primary: Safety Substitution
Golden Tate primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Leonard Williams primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Nate Ebner primary: Safety Substitution
Levine Toilolo primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Johnson primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Casey Kreiter primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Dion Lewis primary: Runningback Substitution
Matt Peart primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Shane Lemieux primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Cam Brown primary: Linebacker Substitution
Carter Coughlin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Markus Golden primary: Linebacker Substitution
Graham Gano primary: Kicker Substitution
Isaac Yiadom primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Damion Ratley primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Madre Harper primary: Defensive Back Substitution
RJ McIntosh primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Spencer Pulley primary: Center Did not play
Colt McCoy primary: Quarterback Did not play
Eric Tomlinson primary: Tight End Not active
TJ Brunson primary: Linebacker Not active
Jackson Barton primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Player Position Lineup
Dorance Armstrong primary: Defensive End Starter
Amari Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ezekiel Elliott primary: Runningback Starter
Michael Gallup primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trysten Hill primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Brandon Knight primary: Left Tackle Starter
Demarcus Lawrence primary: Defensive End Starter
Zack Martin primary: Right Guard Starter
Dak Prescott primary: Quarterback Starter
Dalton Schultz primary: Tight End Starter
Jaylon Smith primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Connor Williams primary: Left Guard Starter
Donovan Wilson primary: Safety Starter
Xavier Woods primary: Safety Starter
Aldon Smith primary: Defensive End Starter
Dontari Poe primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
CeeDee Lamb primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trevon Diggs primary: Cornerback Starter
Tyler Biadasz primary: Center Starter
Daryl Worley primary: Cornerback Starter
Terence Steele primary: Right Tackle Starter
Joe Thomas primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Noah Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyrone Crawford primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Luke Gifford primary: Linebacker Substitution
C.J. Goodwin primary: Cornerback Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Punter Substitution
Jourdan Lewis primary: Cornerback Substitution
Justin March-Lillard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Connor McGovern primary: Guard Substitution
Tony Pollard primary: Runningback Substitution
Cedrick Wilson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Antwaun Woods primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Darian Thompson primary: Safety Substitution
L.P. Ladouceur primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Anthony Brown primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Greg Zuerlein primary: Kicker Substitution
Blake Bell primary: Tight End Substitution
Neville Gallimore primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Bradlee Anae primary: Defensive End Substitution
Francis Bernard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Andy Dalton primary: Quarterback Substitution
Sean McKeon primary: Tight End Substitution
Rico Dowdle primary: Runningback Substitution
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Substitution
Steven Parker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Greg Senat primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Marcus Henry primary: Center Did not play
Saivion Smith primary: Cornerback Not active
Reggie Robinson II primary: Cornerback Not active
Ben Dinucci primary: Quarterback Not active
Malik Turner primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Rashad Smith primary: Linebacker Not active

New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Interception Return
    • 46 Yards
    • Interception Returner: Kyler Fackrell
    • Conv Kicker: Graham Gano
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Graham Gano
    • Rusher: Evan Engram
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 24 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 50 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Graham Gano
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 11 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Dak Prescott
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Passer: Cedrick Wilson
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Fumble Return/Recovery
    • 29 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Fumble Recoverer: Anthony Brown
  • MIN 6
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Rusher: Ezekiel Elliott
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 55 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Graham Gano
  • Period 3
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 12 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
    • Rusher: Ezekiel Elliott
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 54 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Graham Gano
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 34 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 40 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 4 Yards
    • Rusher: Devonta Freeman
    • Conv Passer: Daniel Jones
    • Conv Receiver: Andrew Thomas
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 28 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Graham Gano
  • Match End


Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • Dallas W 19 - 23
  • @Baltimore L 13 - 27
  • Cleveland L 20 - 6
  • Arizona L 26 - 7
  • @Seattle W 17 - 12
  • @Cincinnati W 19 - 17
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 27
  • @Washington W 23 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 25 - 23
  • @Philadelphia L 21 - 22
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @N.Y. Giants L 19 - 23
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 37
  • San Francisco W 33 - 41
  • @Cincinnati W 30 - 7
  • @Baltimore L 17 - 34
  • Washington L 41 - 16
  • @Minnesota W 31 - 28
  • Pittsburgh L 24 - 19
  • @Philadelphia L 9 - 23
  • @Washington L 3 - 25

Last Meetings

  • Cowboys @ Giants 19-23
  • Giants @ Cowboys 34-37
  • Cowboys @ Giants 37-18
  • Giants @ Cowboys 17-35
  • Cowboys @ Giants 36-35
  • Giants @ Cowboys 13-20
  • Cowboys @ Giants 30-10
  • Giants @ Cowboys 3-19
  • Cowboys @ Giants 7-10
  • Giants @ Cowboys 20-19

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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