NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
NY Giants 14 6 3 11 34
Dallas 3 21 7 6 37
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1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET20:25 GMT4:25 1:25 PM MST3:25 PM EST3:25 PM CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25 , October 11, 2020
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, Texas  Attendance: 25,147

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New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

  1. The Cowboys won all six meetings between the teams from 2017 through 2019, with four of the victories coming by at least 16 points. A victory on Sunday would give Dallas the second-longest winning streak ever in the series; the Cowboys won 12 straight over the Giants between 1974 and 1980.
  2. The Giants' last touchdown came early in the fourth quarter of their Week 2 loss at Chicago. Since then, the team's offense has gone 20 consecutive possessions without reaching the end zone; this is the longest active drought in the NFL. The dry spell includes six red-zone drives that failed to produce TDs.
  3. The Cowboys have scored 126 points (31.5 per contest) while allowing 146 (an NFL-high 36.5 per game). They are the fifth team in NFL history to score and allow at least 125 points over their first four games of a season, joining the 1985 Bengals, 2002 Bills, 2002 Chiefs and 2017 Patriots.
  4. In two road games this season, Daniel Jones has thrown 76 passes without connecting for a touchdown and has been intercepted twice. In his last four road games a season ago, Jones threw for 15 touchdown passes without an interception.
  5. Dak Prescott's 1,424 yards over the past three games were 410 yards more than any other quarterback compiled in Weeks 2-4. Over that span, four Cowboys had at least 200 receiving yards: Amari Cooper (320 receiving yards, third most in the league), CeeDee Lamb (250), Michael Gallup (225) and Dalton Schultz (208).
  6. In last week's loss to the Browns, the Cowboys surrendered 307 rushing yards, the most yielded by Dallas in the franchise's 918-game history. That's one more rushing yard than the Giants have managed in their four games in 2020.
Team Comparison

New York
 
Dallas
11.8 Points 31.5
222.3 Pass Yds 422.5
76.5 Rush Yds 101.8
4 Takeaways 2
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott will see his former coach on the other sideline for the first time when Jason Garrett and the New York Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys.

They'll both be a little preoccupied Sunday, Prescott trying to keep his video game numbers rolling while ending a two-game slide that has put coach Mike McCarthy's first season in peril.

Garrett, the offensive coordinator in New York after nine-plus seasons in Dallas ended because he couldn't lead the Cowboys deep into the playoffs, just wants to get the winless Giants in the end zone, where they haven't been since Week 2.

"Many people around the league, you have history in another place," Garrett said. "I obviously spent a lot of time in Dallas. Forever appreciative of that and forever grateful of that, but I'm excited about this opportunity and trying to help this team get better."

Prescott is the first player in NFL history with at least 450 yards passing in three straight games, but mostly because the Cowboys (1-3) faced double-digit deficits in the second half all three times, losing the past two to Seattle (38-31) and Cleveland (49-38).

Now the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year faces more questions on his offensive line, with Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith now out for the season with a neck injury that will require surgery. Both of Dallas' starting tackles, including La'el Collins on the right side, are out for the year.

"Nothing but respect for coach Garrett and it will be great to see him," Prescott said of the coach who drafted him four years ago and helped him develop as an instant star replacing the injured Tony Romo. "But this is about getting a win."

Dallas has never given up more points and yards through four games than the 37 points and 431 yards surrendered per game. But the NFL's third-worst defense is facing a Daniel Jones-led offense tied for second worst in the league.

The Cowboys are far from out of the picture in the woeful NFC East, which Philadelphia leads entering the weekend at 1-2-1. Even the Giants aren't out of a muddled division picture.

"I would classify that mindset as false confidence," McCarthy said. "We have to improve in a number of areas on the last time we have taken the field. I am not counting on them for anything. I'm just counting on them to be the opponent."

FANS FOR A CHANGE

A third home game with fans for the Cowboys will be the first time Giants have played in front of spectators. Fans weren't allowed in New Jersey for the first two home games, and there were no fans when New York went to Chicago and LA.

"To be honest with you, it's exciting," coach Joe Judge said. "There's a different kind of energy home and away, but I think both energies really add to the atmosphere and add to the environment."

Defensive back Logan Ryan grew up in New Jersey and he said rooting against the Cowboys was the norm. Dallas had about 21,000 fans for the opener, and edged up to about 25,000 in last week's loss to the Browns. AT&T Stadium has about 80,000 permanent seats.

"I love the energy the fans bring, the good and bad," he said. "Nothing is (better) than quieting a road stadium. I think it will be fun."

QUESTION OF EFFORT

The Cowboys were criticized outside the building for their effort on defense after allowing a franchise-record 307 yards rushing against the Browns, and safety Xavier Woods didn't help their cause while trying to answer a question honestly about it. Woods said he thought the effort was good, but then the fourth-year player elaborated.

"I mean on certain plays some guys, I mean me included, there may be a lack but overall the effort is there," Woods said. "I mean you don't expect, we're in the NFL, you don't expect guys full speed for 70 plays. That's not possible."

McCarthy, who earlier in the week said outsiders should be careful questioning the effort of pro athletes, didn't seem thrilled with Woods' answer.

"I think it was a situation of trying to answer questions after a poor performance is the way I would classify it," said McCarthy, who noted Thursday he hadn't yet talked to Woods about the comment but had been made aware of it.

"I don't think it's a statement that can be laid up against every possible situation in football, as far as hypotheticals and things like that. We've addressed our performance Sunday. It was poor."

TD DROUGHT

The Giants are last in the league with 47 points scored, their fewest through four games since 1996. They have not scored a touchdown since early in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears in Week 2. Graham Gano has provided their scoring the past two games with six field goals, including last week's 17-9 loss to the Rams.

It marks the first time New York didn't score a touchdown in consecutive games since 1998. The Giants have gone 21 straight offensive possessions without a TD.

SLIGHT EXAGGERATION

Dallas is the only NFL team averaging at least 500 yards per game (510). It seems like so much more to Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

"They score 10 billion points a game I think, or something like that," he said. "And about 30 billion yards a game."

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Updated October 9, 2020

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