Dallas Cowboys Countdown to New York Giants

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10: Most wins Dallas can finish with in 2017 — According to our friend Edward Egros from Fox 4, the Cowboys have a 75 percent chance to make the playoffs if they win out. And, yes, that includes scenarios factoring in a Falcons win over New Orleans on Thursday Night Football.

No matter what the scenarios say for Week 14, the most important cog is the Cowboys getting a win over the Giants Sunday.


9: Number of road wins Jason Garrett has in December — When Redball seems like he is mediocre or worse, just flip around the stat to how it looks as the away team and Coach Garrett looks impressive. Garrett’s nine December road wins are the second-most in franchise history. The point is he gets his teams ready to play in hostile environments. Garrett is also formidable at completing series sweeps on the road: 4/6 times he has completed the sweep of an NFC East opponent in their building.


8: The Giants defense’s points per drive average — The New York defense surrenders 1.99 points per drive, the eighth-most in the NFL. Take a look at this: the Cowboys have the third-best starting field position in the NFL at the 31-yard line. With Dan Bailey back in form and the offense going against a relatively weak run game that gives up the most rushing yards per game on average, Dallas should be able to visit the New York red zone and get at a chance for at least a field goal per drive.


7: Interceptions Eli Manning has thrown in 2017 — Aside from the fact his benching would unceremoniously end a 210-game consecutive starts streak, the benching of the two-time Super Bowl MVP was perplexing because the 2-9 record was hardly his fault. Manning’s seven interceptions, the eighth-lowest among quarterbacks with a minimum of 300 pass attempts, proved it. If Ben McAdoo was good at one thing, it was putting Manning in positions where he would protect the football. Will that philosophy stay now that McAdoo’s key card no longer works?


6: Number of passes defensed Jourdan Lewis has — The third-round rookie cornerback from Michigan has six passes defensed, tied with defensive lineman David Irving for the second-most on the Cowboys. Lewis will be going against the likes of Sterling Shepard and Tavarres King, not Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones, on Sunday. Nonetheless, it is an opportunity for the rookie to show up against a depleted New York receiving corps.


5: Dak Prescott’s red zone rushing touchdowns — The five red zone rushing touchdowns are tied for the fourth-most in the NFL and tied with DeShone Kizer, Cam Newton, and Josh McCown for the most among quarterbacks. If the Cowboys get inside the red zone, rather than rely on Prescott’s arm, which is also responsible for the second-most red zone interceptions with three, they ought to rely on his legs.


4: DeMarcus Lawrence’s forced fumbles — The NFL’s leading sacker has four forced fumbles on the season, tied with Terrell Suggs, Lavonte David, and Joey Bosa for the second-most in the league. Sacking Manning and leading him into turnovers is still the way to beat the Giants. New York is 38-63 when Manning gets sacked two or more times compared to 73-40 when he does not. Manning is tied for the seventh-most fumbles in the league with eight.


3: Dallas rank for worst opposing passer rating — Opposing passers have compiled a 99.9 passer rating against the Cowboys defense, the third-worst in the NFL. Manning this season has an 84.1 passer rating, the fifth-lowest of his career outside of his rookie season. Unlike Kirk Cousins, Manning will make defenses pay that keep giving him chances and don’t make him pay for his YOLO throws.


2: The Giants offense’s rank for fewest points per game — New York’s offense averages 15.8 points per game, the second-worst in the NFL. The Cowboys offense is tied with Minnesota for the 10th-best in the NFL at 23.8 points per game. Theoretically, if the game turns into a shootout, Dallas should figure to outgun the Giants. Nonetheless, the Cowboys defense needs to keep the Giants more towards their average rather than let them get close to the Dallas defensive average of 23.7 points per game, the 13th-worst in the NFL.


1: New York’s rank for yards per game surrendered — The Giants give up 130.7 rushing yards per game, the absolute worst in the NFL. The Cowboys offense had a good outing with Alfred Morris’ 127-yard, one-touchdown effort on 27 carries against Washington, which had a marginally better rushing defense than the Giants. Even with Prescott throwing a paltry 102 yards, the Cowboys ground game still won the day. Dallas can only get to their seventh win on the season with a convincing ground game in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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