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Sunday Dec 11, 8:30 PM - Cowboys at Giants

Giants (8-4) vs Cowboys (11-1)
The Cowboys extended their win streak to 11 with a Thursday night victory over the Vikings. It was a tight game, and the final score was 17-15 in favor of the Cowboys.
The Giants traveled to Pittsburgh and it didn't go well. They were behind for the entire game and their six game win streak ended with a 24-14 loss to the Steelers.
Giants - Steelers Wrap-Up

Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys came up with only one win last season playing without Tony Romo and finished last in the NFC East with a 4-12 record. This year it looks like the Giants caught the Cowboys just at the right time, a time when it looked like they needed a Tony Romo to win games. The Cowboys lost that first game of the season to the Giants 20-19, and who would have expected the Cowboys to win every game since then?

Dallas Cowboys Offense
Dak Prescott was a rookie making his first start in that season opener with the Giants. He threw more passes in that game than he has in any other over the entire season. Nothing was too risky and his longest completion was just 21, yards as he completed 57 percent with no touchdowns. His rookie counterpart, Ezekiel Elliott, was also finding his way, and ran for only 51 yards on 20 carries for a 2.5 yard average. Those numbers represent their lows for the season except for one. Prescott was 49 percent on completions in a tough overtime win over the Eagles.
Now twelve games into the season, Prescott has thrown 19 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. Elliott is the NFL rushing leader with 1,285 yards, averaging 4.9 yards a carry with 12 touchdowns, and he's lost only one fumble back in week 2. Cole Beasley is targeted the most, and leads the team with 60 receptions for 670 yards and five touchdowns. Tight end Jason Witten is second with 52 receptions for 553 yards and two touchdowns. Dez Bryant missed three games, but leads the team with 6 touchdowns, with four coming in fourth-quarter play. Overall, working with the best offensive line, they are near the top in rushing, time of possession, third down efficiency and most important, points per game.

Dallas Cowboys Defense
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli gets the most out of his players. They rank 2nd in the league against the run, and are the only team in the NFL that hasn't given up 100 yards to a rusher this season. That's not good news for the Giants running backs, who ran for just 57 yards last week. In passing defense they rank 29th. That would be good news for the Giants last year when they were 7th in that area, but defenses seem to have figured out how to stop Eli Manning and his trio of top receivers.
Linebacker Sean Lee missed quite a few games a few years ago, including the entire 2014 season. He stayed healthy last year, and went to the pro Bowl with 156 tackles. Now Lee leads the team with 112 tackles, 49 more than anyone else on the team. This defense doesn't have a big pass rush, and have had injuries in the secondary. Overall they give up about the same amount of points per game as the Giants, 19 compared to 20. The biggest benefit for them is that the Cowboys offense controls the ball longer, and scores on average 7 more points per game.

Giants offense
They were ranked 8th in total offense last season and now they're 26th. Eli Manning has thrown for less than 200 yards in the last two games, and his 5 average yards per pass last week was his lowest of the season. Odell Beckham Jr. was the big show in the game with 10 catches for over half that yardage with 100, but where were the other guys? Cruz saw no passes coming his way, and Sterling Shepard, aside from his 1-yard touchdown catch, totaled just 20 yards on his other three receptions.
The offensive line hasn't been the best. That accounts for some of it, and hopefully left guard Justin Pugh will be back. The same goes for running back Shane Vereen, but still you're asking a lot to expect them to play at top performance after missing so many games. Last week Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings rushed for a total of 57 yards. Manning will have to be effective passing to his receivers to make the running game work rather than the other way around. It's possible, as the Cowboys secondary is their weak point, and have allowed 20 passing touchdowns. Manning has the play makers for that to happen if they can stay on the same page. Jennings caught a 13 yard touchdown last week.

Giants defense
The Giants won that first game with the Cowboys, and have been playing better as a unit since then. They have a tough task this week in this rematch, going at it without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Aside from the impact that will have on getting pressure on quarterback Dak Prescott, they'll miss his run stopping abilities. The Cowboys actually run the ball more than they pass it, and Ezekiel Elliott, holding a grudge from that first game, won't be as easy to stop as he was back then.
They're also facing a quarterback who can run.
Prescott was taking off about three times a game, but over the last two has done it 14 times for 76 yards, adding one touchdown to go with his other four. He also threw the ball the least amount of times in those games, so one way or another Prescott's always thinking about how he can make a play work. Without Pierre-Paul up front, Romeo Okwara, Owa Odighizuwa and Kerry Wynn will have to show what they can do.
Cole Beasley sees the ball coming his way more than anyone else for a reason, and the Giants generally don't do well covering tight ends like Jason Witten. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins held Dez Bryant to just one pass last time for just 8 yards. Bryant is now on board working with Prescott, and an offense that utilizes a strong running game. Landon Collins and the rest of the group will have to play at their best to stop the run and limit a talented mobile quarterback like Prescott. The Cowboys have been playing strong, but facing a tough Vikings defense last week, they saw a season low in yards, first downs and points.

The Cowboys played in a Thursday night matchup, so they were able to sit back and relax while watching the Giants play in their Sunday game with the Steelers. If you're a Giants fan, you're hoping that the Giants didn't want to put their best stuff on display and possibly reveal way too much. Yes, that must have been their game plan. Why else would they have played so poorly? Let's go with that, and let's see how shocked the Cowboys will be when Eli Manning actually throws a pass to Victor Cruz this Sunday.
The weather is another factor for this game. The Cowboys are on the road and aren't used to playing games with the temperature dropping to the lows they will see. The Nov 13 game at Pittsburgh was their biggest challenge at 56 degrees. With this being a division game, and with the Giants history of upset games, it makes me have to pick them for the win on a cold Sunday night in MetLife Stadium.

NFC East Games
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