The 0-1 New York Giants will travel to Dallas to take on the 0-1 Cowboys for the week 2 Sunday night game of the week. Both teams are coming off bad losses where their offenses failed to score points. The Giants were beaten 20-15 at home by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Costly turnovers really hurt New York as they threw a pick six and dropped a punt late in the fourth quarter squandering any chance they had at a comeback. Dallas was defeated 16-8 on the road by the Carolina Panthers and it was obvious they miss both Jason Witten and Dez Bryant who they lost to retirement and free agency. Their offense was limited to 60 yards in the first half and didn’t score their first point until halfway through the fourth quarter. A last ditch effort to tie the game was ruined when Dak Prescott was stripped with just over a minute left in the game.
Eli Manning really struggled last week finishing with a quarterback rating of 32.8. He completed 23 of 37 passes for 224 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. Two of the Giants newest and biggest weapons had big games despite the play of Manning. Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a leg injury to catch 11 passes for 111 yards. Rookie running back Saquon Barkley shined with 106 of the teams 114 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Defensively, they intercepted Blake Bortles once and had a sack and 2.5 tackles for losses. They struggled against the rush allowing the Jaguars to gain 137 yards on 28 carries, which is an average of 5 yards per run.
The Cowboys offense was bad last week producing just 264 yards of offense. Dak Prescott finished with a quarterback rating of 23.7 as he completed 19 of 29 passes for 170 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He was also sacked 6 times and lost a fumble. His favorite target was Cole Beasley who had 7 catches for 73 yards. Ezekiel Elliott led the run game with 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Defensively, they played well as they recovered a fumble, sacked Cam Newton 3 times and had 5 tackles for losses. They struggled against the run however as 3 different Panthers had rushes that gained at least 35 yards.
Neither team covered the spread in week 1 and the Cowboys will be favored by a field-goal as they will have home field advantage in this game. This is an important NFC East matchup as they are both winless while both the Eagles and Redskins won last week. The Giants offense has a potent running game for the first time in years and Beckham looked as if the injury had no effect on him at all. The Cowboys offense looked terrible for almost the entire game last week and the offensive line will has to do a better job of protecting Prescott.