Cowboys vs. Giants: 5 Keys to Win, Squash Saquon, Thanksgiving Idles

The Dallas Cowboys will look to beat that 7-3 record when the New York Giants come to town for the Thanksgiving Day/”Odell Beckham Jr. Bowl” game at AT&T Stadium.

Both teams come to completely different results than last Sunday when Dallas blew the brakes on the Minnesota Vikings as the Detroit Lions easily handled the Giants in a 31-18 win.

How do the Cowboys get their eighth win of the season against the Giants?

Overcoming some illness issues would help… and here are the Dallas inactives: LB Anthony Barr (hamstring), NT Johnathan Hankins (illness), CB Kelvin Joseph (illness), DE Tarell Basham (illness), DE Takk McKinley, S Markquese Bell and QB Will Grier.

And… by doing these five things.

Start fast: This was the catalyst for the Cowboys’ victory over the Vikings. Micah Parsons sacked Kirk Cousins ​​on the opening drive, resulting in a fumble recovered by the Cowboys that turned into runs.

Before Minnesota knew it, Dallas was leading 23-3 at halftime. While producing scores from the first seven offensive drives, as they did against the Vikings, isn’t sustainable, scoring early from the start puts pressure on the Giants and they would have to play from behind.

The last thing Dallas wants is for the game to almost enter the fourth quarter. Many say the Cowboys are the better team; prove it, score often and ask to take all the hopes of the exhausted Giants and crush it.

Governing Saquon Barkley: Possibly the only arrow in Brian Daboll’s quiver that could wound Dallas. The league knows that one of the Dallas defense’s few weaknesses is its ability to stop the run.

It could be argued that the Vikings got away from the run game too early last week. Dallas will have to contain Barkley. His 22 yards of 15 carries from last Sunday probably won’t happen again, but the Cowboys don’t want Barkley to ruin their Thanksgiving celebration.

Go after Daniel Jones: As coach Mike McCarthy has said, “sacks are a privilege,” so stopping the running game is the most important thing. Do that; then the Cowboys can go after Daniel Jones. The Giants have surrendered 30 sacks this year (ranked eighth), while the Dallas defensive juggernaut is leading by 42 sacks.

There’s a chance to make Jones’ life seriously uncomfortable at AT&T Stadium. … but watch out for Jones the runner.

Create sales: This is more complex than it used to be against the Giants. Jones had a bad habit of fumbling and throwing interceptions during his first two seasons (22 in 27 games). But in his last 21 games that has improved.

Last season, Jones threw only seven interceptions and has only four through 10 games.

Another thing is that the Giants offense has only turned the ball 11 times, three of which came against the Detroit Lions last Sunday.

But what Dallas is great at is taking the ball away (16 turnovers in 10 games). We’ve seen how important it is to win the revenue battle, and for the Cowboys, it’s one they need to win.

Convert third downs: It sounds simple enough, but one of the Cowboys’ most inconsistent problems is their ability to convert third downs. A major reason for Minnesota’s 40-3 demolition last Sunday was their ability to convert their third-down chances (12 of 17 going at 70 percent). That will work.

However, on average, Dallas converts only 41.54 percent of its attempts (13th in the NFL). It’s been a focus all season for the offense and McCarthy and will have to be a focus against the Giants.

However, that will be a challenge. New York is the fifth-best third defense in the NFL, converting only 34 percent of attempts. This, like anything else, will play a vital role in the outcome of the game. …with Dallas favorite by a whopping nine points and arguably the talent to achieve it.

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