New coach Brian Dabol led New York to consecutive wins to start a season for the first time since 2016. The Giants did not collapse in close matches, winning on aggregate by four points.
“Yes, the guys we have on our team are not afraid of failure,” Xavier McKinney, third-year safety, told reporters. “We’ve been at the bottom. So we tested it all. We’re not worried about messing around….we’ll make a breakthrough at some point.”
It’s too early to discuss breakthroughs, but the competition with the Cowboys (1-1) will be another test even with Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott with his broken right thumb.
That’s because the Giants have dropped nine of their last 10 encounters with Dallas, including the two games last season.
New York needs to change that trend and also figure out how to keep Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons in check.
Parsons is tied for the NFL lead by four sacks after picking up two in every Dallas game this season. The sophomore scored 17 matches in just 18 matches.
“It’s a problem,” Daboll said. “He is a dynamic footballer. He can play several positions. He does. You will see him at full-back. You will see him at the defensive end. He has a rare passing ability. We must have a good plan for him.
“It is fun watching him when you are not ready to play him. I will give him that compliment. He does impressive things on the football field.”
Parsons and his teammates gathered in six sacks as they beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 last week.
The Cowboys continued to put pressure on Bengals star Joe Burrow throughout the match during an impressive win.
“A lion can’t do it alone,” Parsons said. “It’s as if 10 hyenas are chasing one lion, the lion could lose. The fact that I have 10 other men I feel I can count on is what makes this boat go off.”
However, Parsons missed Thursday’s practice due to illness. Owner Jerry Jones said Parsons has returned negative results for COVID-19 and the flu.
Meanwhile, Dallas’ offense ranked 31st in the NFL with an average of 11.5 points per game.
Cooper Rush started in place of Prescott against the Bengals and completed 19 of 31 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown without interceptions. More importantly, he directed the Cowboys to Brett Maher’s 50-yard field goal as time expired.
“This is Cooper Rush – we see it every day,” Dallas coach Mike McCarthy said. “He is himself, he is very consistent (in) his personality type. He never blinks.”
Rush 2-0 in his career as a starting player. He passed for 325 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as he led the Dallas to victory over the Minnesota Vikings last season when Prescott was sidelined.
Giant quarterback Daniel Jones passed 364 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Star running back Saquon Barkley has a league-leading 236 rushing yard.
New York’s Rising Flange Supporter Kayfun Tibodo (Knee) could debut. The fifth overall pick in the 2022 draft was limited in practice on Thursday.
Giants defensive end Aziz Ogullari (calf) is also hoping to make his debut of the season. Thursday was limited, as was receiver Tony Cadarius (hamstring).
Defensive intervention Leonard Williams (knee) and corner back Aaron Robinson (extension) did not train. Defensive Justin Lane (concussion), Nick McCloud (hamstring) and receiver Wan Dale Robinson (knee) were also absent from training.
Tight end in Dallas Dalton Schultz (knee) was injured in front of the Bengals and was out of training on Thursday. Also sitting outside were Jayron Kearse (knee) and goalkeeper Connor McGovern (ankle) safety.
-Med Level Media