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Sunday Dec 30, 1:00 PM - Cowboys at Giants

Giants (5-10) vs Cowboys (9-6)
On Sunday the Cowboys allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to score an opening drive field goal. The Cowboys came right back with a touchdown, and kept the lead for the rest of the game. The 27-20 win gave the Cowboys claim to the NFC East division title.
Last week the Giants were on their way to pulling off an upset over the Indianapolis Colts. They held the lead for the entire game, right up until the last minute. The Colts needed to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they did so with their 28-27 win over the Giants.
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Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys finished up the 2017 season in second place in the NFC East with a 9-7 record. This year they would be 10-6 with a win over the Giants on Sunday. The Cowboys are the division champs, even with a loss. If that did happen, the Philadelphia Eagles would match their record with a win in Washington over the Redskins, but they have lost twice to the Cowboys during the season.
The Cowboys had some issues when this season started. Tight end Jason Witten had retired after a long 15 year career, and they had released wide receiver Dez Bryant. The Cowboys were a 4-5 team at one point in the season before winning five straight games. The last of them, a 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles, gave the Cowboys a dominant position in the division. After struggling through a shutout loss in Indianapolis with the Colts, the Cowboys came right back last week, and they clinched the division with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dallas Cowboys Offense
Quarterback Dak Prescott was coming off a down year, and though he still had Cole Beasley, losing two of his top targets did not help. As the season wore on, they began to use Ezekiel Elliott more in the passing game, and Elliott is the team leader in receptions with 77. Beasley is next with 59, and Amari Cooper, who has been with the team for the last eight games, has 48. He also leads the team with 6 touchdown catches.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones looks to have saved the Cowboys season when he acquired Cooper from the Oakland Raiders. The team was 3-4 without him, and is 6-2 since he arrived. Cooper has caught on fast
in learning the system and working with Prescott. In the last 5 games, the two have missed connecting on only 8 passes out of 42, and have 5 touchdowns to show for it. Elliott, in his dual role, leads the team with 304 carries for 1434 yards, and 6 rushing touchdowns. Prescott is the next leading rusher with 71 carries for 305 yards, and like Elliott, he also has 6 rushing touchdowns.

Dallas Cowboys Defense
The Cowboys are the only NFL team that has not given up 30 points in any one game this season. They are a stingy group in a number of areas, points allowed, and in yards allowed both on the ground and in the air. Teams average less than 20 points a game, and manage just 91.3 rushing yards. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence leads the team with 9.5 sacks, and has been dealing with a shoulder injury. There's no telling how long the Cowboys will decide to keep him on the field in this game.
Jaylon Smith, and Leighton Vander Esch are two of the top linebackers in the league. Vander Esch has played in just 15 games, and he could be the Defensive Rookie of the Year when all is said and done. Linebacker Sean Lee is in his ninth season with the Cowboys, and has missed eight games, mainly due to hamstring injuries. Lee is listed as questionable for Sunday, but is looking to play to prepare for the playoffs.

Giants Offense
The first time the Giants faced off with the Cowboys, Saquon Barkley couldn't get anywhere on the ground, as they held him to just 28 rushing yards. Eli Manning instead got the ball to Barkley by passing to him 16 times. Barkly caught 14 passes, to set a new single-game record for the Giants. The 80 yards catching gave him over 100 total scrimmage yards in that game. The offensive line has since improved, but it will still be hard to get a ground game going against the strong defensive front the Cowboys field.
The home town crowd will miss out on seeing Odell Beckham Jr. in this final game of the season.
Russell Shepard is out, as well as tight end Rhett Ellison. The fans may get to see rookie Kyle Lauletta making a second appearance after being inactive for the last two weeks. Lauletta's first outing did not go well, and the Giants might want to get an extra look, depending on how this game plays out.

Giants Defense
The first player on the minds of the Giants defense is Ezekiel Elliott. He's not the same player they saw earlier in the year when they held him to just 78 yards rushing. Elliott currently leads the league with 1434 rushing yards, and has run for more than 100 yards in seven of the games he's played. The Cowboys have also targeted him with 95 passes, the most Dak Prescott's thrown to any player. It remains to be seen how long they will keep this valuable player on the field with the playoffs coming up.
That goes as well for
Amari Cooper, who has turned this team around. Dak Prescott has completed over 72 percent of his passes since Cooper arrived, and Cooper has converted 36 of his 48 receptions into first downs. One of the Giants failings has been in protecting leads late in games, as they did last week in their loss to the Colts. Seven of the Giants ten losses have been decided by one possession. That might not be an issue this week if the Cowboys slack off, looking ahead to next week.

The Giants have dropped the last three games they've played with the Cowboys, including the one earlier in the year when both teams faced off with 0-1 records. The Cowboys struggled for a while after that win, but managed to get on track. This year the Giants had too much to overcome, and they will finish last in the division.
For this game, the Cowboys have said all the right things about playing their starters, etc., but they have to be mindful of the more important matchup facing them next week. That's one of the reasons the Giants are favored to win this game, and the Cowboy fans probably wouldn't mind if their team ends up on the losing end of this one with no players injured.

NFC East Games
Sunday at 1:00pm Cowboys (9-6) at Giants (5-10).
Sunday at 4:25pm Eagles (8-7) at Redskins (7-8).
The Giants and Eagles are the NFC East teams favored to win in these games.
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