The 11-1 Dallas Cowboys will travel to New York to take on the 8-4 Giants in this week’s Sunday night Matchup. After a Dallas victory and a New York loss last week the Cowboys have a chance to clinch the NFC East title with a victory. The Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 17-15 for their 11th win in a row. The Giants were shut out in the fist half on their way to a 24-14 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the Giants it was their first loss in their last 7 games. These two teams met on the opening weekend this season as the Giants beat the Cowboys at home 20-19 and Dallas hasn’t lost since.
Eli Manning struggled against the Steelers finishing with a quarterback rating of 16.7. He completed 24 of his 39 passes for 195 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He was also sacked twice for a loss of 17 yards. His favorite target was Odell Beckham Jr. who had 10 catches for 100 yards. Rashad Jennings had a nice game catching 6 passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. They really struggled running the ball as they gained just 56 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, they forced 2 turnovers and were able to sack Ben Roethlisberger twice for a loss of 17 yards. They struggled containing Le’veon Bell who had all of the Steelers 117 rushing yards on 29 carries. The 24 points the Giants allowed was the most points scored against them in their previous 5 games.
The Cowboys won despite gaining just 270 yards on offense. Dak Prescott completed 12 of his 18 passes for 139 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Dez Bryant who had 4 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. They had success running the ball gaining 148 yards on 28 carries, which is an average of 5 yards per carry. Ezekiel Elliott led the team with 86 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Their 17 points scored was their lowest output of the season. Defensively, they forced 1 turnover by recovering a fumble and had 6 tackles for losses. They also had 3 sacks for a loss of 22 yards. They struggled against the run allowing 87 yards on 19 carries, which is an average of 4.7 yards per rush. Over their last 5 games the Cowboys defense has allowed an average of 20 points per game.
The Cowboys are 8-4 against the spread this season including 4-2 on the road. The Giants are 5-5-2 against the spread this season including 1-2-1 as the underdog. The Cowboys are favored by 4 points in this game, despite being on the road and will be looking to avenge their only loss this season. The Giants defense took a big hit this week as it was announced Jason Pierre Paul will be out for at least 6 weeks as he undergoes surgery to repair a hernia injury.
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