05 November 2019 02:34
With the Eagles getting back to within a half-game of Dallas by defeating the Bears on Sunday, the Cowboys need to use their Monday night game against the Giants to put some distance between themselves and the second-place team in the division again. (It was undoubtedly his best game since his debut as a starter against the Buccaneers, anyway.) In Week 8 against the Lions, Jones completed 28 of 41 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns, without being intercepted. In the Giants' previous four games (against the Cardinals, Patriots, Vikings, and Washington), Jones completed 60 percent of his passes at an average of just 5.9 yards per attempt, with four touchdowns, seven interceptions, three fumbles, 13 sacks, and a 64.8 passer rating. The Cowboys are also coming off their bye and should have their pass rush at full strength for arguably the first time this season, given that Robert Quinn is now healthy and not coming off a suspension, Demarcus Lawrence is now several months removed from his offseason shoulder surgery, and Michael Bennett is in town. No. 1 corner Byron Jones has been playing at a high level since returning to full-time status a couple weeks into the season, but No. 2 corner Chidobe Awuzie has been picked on by several opponents, linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have been inconsistent in coverage against running backs and tight ends, and safety Jeff Heath has been a liability in coverage as usual.
A Giants pass offense that runs through Golden Tate in the slot, Evan Engram over the middle, and Saquon Barkley out of the backfield actually matches up pretty well with what the Cowboys have been this season. The Cowboys play a heavy dose of zone defenses, though, and they are often just fine conceding short passes over the middle to linebackers and tight ends, then rallying to the ball to prevent big gains. The Dallas run defense has been slightly below average this year, and they rank poorly in Football Outsiders' Adjusted Line Yards allowed. All the way back in Week 1, the Cowboys put on a show against the Giants, scoring touchdowns on five consecutive possessions and putting the game out of reach. Dallas ranks first in the NFL in yards per game, gaining a full 10 yards more than the Ravens team that just thrashed the best defense in the NFL on Sunday Night Football.