Predictions for Sunday night’s Cowboys-Giants game from The Dallas Morning News’ panel of experts:
If the Cowboys finally find a way to beat the Giants, they might be really good. Can’t say a win Sunday night will atone for last season, since Cowboys went 13-3, but New York is the only team Dallas played in 2016 it didn’t beat. #Payback. Cowboys 23, Giants 21.
This Giants’ defense gave the Cowboys fits a year ago. Dak Prescott’s worst two games last season came in losses to the Giants. Prescott had 20 incompletions in each game and two of his four interceptions came against New York. Dez Bryant caught only two passes on 14 targets against the Giants in 2016. The Giants have upgraded their receivers and their defense remains the best in the NFC East. That won’t make for an easy night for Dallas. Giants 23, Cowboys 20.
The Cowboys struggled to make a big play in the second half of their Week 14 loss to the Giants. Dez Bryant will get that done this time. In the two losses to New York last season, Bryant caught a total of two passes for 18 yards. He’ll have more production in the fourth quarter alone Sunday night. Cowboys 20, Giants 17.
Dallas is due against the G-Men after dropping both games to them last year. QB Dak Prescott and WR Dez Bryant show they’ve learned how to adjust to the New York defense that shut them down in 2016. The Giants added new offensive weapons for QB Eli Manning, but he might not have star WR Odell Beckham Jr. healthy. Cowboys 28, Giants 24.
In a reversal of form from a year ago, both offenses put on a show but the one led by Dak, Dez and Zeke is more effective. Cowboys manage at least modest pressure on Eli Manning to keep him from exposing bad matchups in the Dallas secondary all night long. Cowboys 30, Giants 23.
Zeke doesn’t exactly run wild, but he makes the Giants wish his suspension had started already. Dak-to-Dez becomes a significant upgrade in the passing game, although Beasley remains uncoverable. Too many offensive factors even for the Giants’ defense. And the Cowboys’ defense hangs on, as usual. Cowboys 31, Giants 27.
The Giants were the only team in the 2016 regular season to beat a Cowboys team with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup. And they did it twice. The Cowboys scored a total of 26 points against the Giants. But Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan did win 11 games as the Rams head coach compared to the 10 Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo won when he had the job. Giants 24, Cowboys 21.
Cowboys are determined to shake this idea that the Giants have their number and ability to slow down the offense that steamrolls the league. But, to get at the Giants, you better be able to rush the edge and without several defensive ends, the Cowboys will need 60 minutes to get one more score. Cowboys 27, Giants 20.
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