5 storylines for giants and cowboys

How about that for a win, Cowboys Nation? The Cowboys got back on track on Sunday against the Vikings by dominating their way to a 40-3 win behind seven sacks complete on defense and four total touchdowns between Tony Pollard and Ezequiel Elliott healthy.

But don’t enjoy the victory for long. Another high stakes game looms on Thanksgiving Day against a division opponent. The Giants surprisingly sit second in the NFC East at 7-3 despite a lackluster performance against the Lions as Daniel Jones threw two interceptions.

It’s the second round of this tag team battle. Will the Cowboys sweep the season series on “Turkey Day” or will the Giants tie the score? Here are five story lines for each team ahead of the Week 12 competition.

Giants:

  • If anyone has the Giants at 7-3 10 weeks into the NFL season, congratulations. Whatever the case, first year head coach Brian Dabul did a great job during his senior season but hit a bump on the road to the Lions. Saquon Barkley had his worst game of the season, rushing for only 22 yards. Daniel Jones passed for over 340 yards and ran for another 50 yards including a touchdown but threw two picks. Add to that a costly fumble late in the fourth by Isaiah Hodgins that led to a Lions touchdown, and the Giants are looking to put the 31-18 loss behind them.
  • If you put up his tough showing against the Lions, Barkley looked like the youngest player in 2022. Now healthy, he’s nearing the 1,000-yard threshold for the season with six touchdowns. In Week 3 against the Cowboys, he had 81 receiving yards and 1 score. Barkley has been the driver of the Giants offense this season and they go as he goes, so expect a big dose of him on Thursday.
  • As if they haven’t dealt with enough injuries this season, the injury report got even darker on Monday for the Giants. Rookie wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson tore his ACL in that loss to the Lions, while cornerback Adoree’ Jackson suffered a sprained MCL and will likely miss the next 4-6 weeks, making him unlikely to play against the Cowboys on Thursday.
  • With Robinson now out for the season, Sterling Shepherd missing the majority of the season due to the ACL tear he suffered against the Cowboys, along with the trade for Tony Cadarius, the Giants find themselves somewhat vulnerable at the receiver spot. Outside of Darious Slayton, there aren’t many household names that fans would recognize that have appeared in the production of the receiving corps. The Giants rank near the bottom in yards per game and touchdowns from their receivers this season.
  • Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Cowboys will be the third time since 1938 that the Giants have played this holiday. The last time New York played on Thanksgiving? 1992 season, against the Cowboys, who won this game 30-3.

Cowboys:

  • For all the questions and concerns that have been about the Cowboys’ defense and their ability to stop runs against opposing teams, it’s safe to say that answered the one against the Vikings. They held Dalvin Cook to just 72 yards on 11 carries without a touchdown, while also sacking Kirk Cousins ​​seven times. Those two stats should bode well for the Cowboys as they prepare for the Giants, who have allowed Daniel Jones to be sacked 30 times this season.
  • On the injury front, head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that linebacker Anthony Barr aggravated his hamstring injury ahead of the Vikings game, causing him to miss his second straight game. McCarthy said Barr would be hard-pressed to play against the Giants. As for Micah Parsons, who had a scan on his knee Sunday before returning to the game, McCarthy said the Pro linebacker will take part in the team’s tour on Wednesday.
  • After Sunday’s victory over the Vikings, owner/general manager Jerry Jones talked about his level of confidence in the Cowboys potentially making it to the Super Bowl, answering the question with “Yes, unequivocally,” before turning his attention to the Giants. As for McCarthy, he was quick to point out that the Cowboys’ focus is squarely on the Giants and dismiss any talk of the Super Bowl at this point in the season. “Talking about anything other than giants is a waste of time… This is about beating giants.”
  • With Ezekiel Elliott back on the field Sunday alongside Tony Pollard, the Cowboys finally got to see the dynamic backfield duo in action. It has been delivered. Elliott rushed for two touchdowns, while Pollard totaled 80 rushing yards and 109 other yards with two touchdowns. Being healthy and ready to go can pay big dividends against a Giants defense that has had its own struggles with running.
  • Representing Thanksgiving Day along with the Detroit Lions, the Cowboys lost three straight games on Turkey Day and are looking to prevent a four-game losing skid for only the second time in franchise history. The Cowboys are 31-22-1 in their 54 games over the offseason dating back to 1966, with their most recent loss coming just last season in an overtime thriller against the Raiders.

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