A win in Sunday night’s tilt would clinch the NFC East title with three weeks remaining in the season.
The last time these two teams met the Giants welcomed new head coach Ben McAdoo with a 20-19 victory on September 11th in Dallas.
The Giants were able to stifle Ezekiel Elliott, the league’s leading rusher, to only 51 yards and a touchdown. The dynamic Dallas rookie thinks the Giants will see a different back Sunday night.
“I just wasn’t comfortable with the system yet,” Elliott told reporters. “It took game reps and time, I think now I’m where I need to be.”
Dallas head coach Jason Garrett has seen a lot of growth in his rookie tailback the last several months.
“He’s probably improved in all aspects of his game,” Garrett told the media Wednesday. “He’s a very smart football player, he learns quickly from the experiences that he has had and doesn’t make the same mistake twice.”
The New York defense also limited Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott in his NFL debut. The rookie wasn’t able to find the endzone as several drives bogged down inside the 20.
“I’ve definitely grown a ton since then,” the Cowboys’ signal-caller said. “Being able to see the defenses faster, recognizing what’s going on and making confident decisions.”
The Giants will be without a key cog in their defense. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery Wednesday morning for a sports hernia and will miss the remainder of the regular season.
McAdoo knows the loss of one of his top pass rushers will be a hard spot to fill.
“We wish JPP the best. We’ll use an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to fill his shoes,” the Giants’ coach said. “It won’t be easy to do, but we have confidence in the players in the room.”
Prediction Time: Dallas deals with a shootout in New York. The Cowboys and G-Men trade scores until a late Elliott touchdown provides the difference. Cowboys win, 34-31.