ARLINGTON, Texas — Here’s a query: Do the Giants wish to reveal who they’re or do they wish to disprove what they’re considered?
Per week in the past, they had been in incredible form, projecting forward within the NFC playoff chase, sporting a document of 7-2 that was far superior to something anybody envisioned for this group in Yr 1 of a rebuild below new common supervisor Joe Schoen and new head coach Brian Daboll. It didn’t take a arithmetic professor to estimate that 10 wins can be sufficient to place them within the postseason event, and to get there, all of the Giants wanted to do was go 3-5 within the second half of the season.
All it took was one depressing efficiency for the clear imaginative and prescient to change into blurred. It was as if shedding to the Lions 31-18 counted as a couple of loss. The accidents that got here out of that sport may cost a little the Giants 5 beginning gamers and that absolutely dims the outlook for what comes subsequent. At 7-3, the Giants nonetheless personal a nice document however how a lot finer it will get stays to be seen. They’ve scored 205 factors in 10 video games and given up 204. At their finest, they had been at all times on the sting.
Daniel Jones and Dak PrescottNoak Okay. Murray; USA TODAY Sports activities
Up subsequent, the Cowboys share an equivalent document because the Giants however don’t share related standing across the league. The Cowboys’ level differential is plus-84 — they’ve scored 46 extra factors than the Giants and given up 37 fewer factors than the Giants. On the day the Giants had been getting thrashed by the Lions, the Cowboys rolled to a rout in Minneapolis, 40-3, ending the Vikings’ profitable streak at seven video games. This all makes the Giants-Cowboys Thanksgiving Day sport at AT&T Stadium a gathering of groups tied for second place within the NFC East behind the Eagles with the arrow seemingly pointing up for one of many groups and down for the opposite.
“That’s not one thing we’re targeted on as a group,’’ Daniel Jones mentioned. “Our focus is to arrange in addition to we will to play in addition to we will and that’s what we’re going to do. We’re assured in our capability to win video games, to compete and discover a approach to make the play down the stretch to win the sport.’’
This may not be a disaster level for the Giants nevertheless it positive seems like one. They haven’t misplaced consecutive video games this season and they’re practically a landing underdog in Week 12, going through a group that left MetLife Stadium in Week 3 with a 23-16 “Monday Evening Soccer’’ victory with Cooper Rush subbing at quarterback for injured Dak Prescott. Jones was sacked 5 occasions and hit 12 occasions on an evening when the Giants merely couldn’t block the Dallas defensive entrance. All these weeks later, the Giants go in with a battered offensive line and the Cowboys main the NFL with 42 sacks. As matchups go this one feels tilted closely in favor of the house group.
Take heed to how Daboll describes the Cowboys:
“I feel they’ve at all times been a great offense,’’ Daboll mentioned. “They’ve numerous good ability gamers. This can be a dynamic group, I’d say, in each space. They’ve acquired nice ability gamers. Once I say ability gamers, I additionally embody defensive ends, who’re ability gamers. Explosive — scored numerous factors, clearly, final week. Seven sacks, 40 factors towards an 8-1 group at their place. It will likely be an enormous problem.’’
Dynamic. Explosive. These should not phrases anybody makes use of to explain the Giants. This doesn’t imply the Giants can’t compete. It does imply that they need to adhere to a inflexible script, as they don’t have many pathways to victory. They turned the ball over thrice towards the Lions, which doomed them.
In addition they did not get Saquon Barkley established within the floor sport and that’s additionally a state of affairs that dooms the Giants. With a receiving corps composed of Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins, Kenny Golladay and Richie James, Jones can’t throw his approach to success. The Giants are 6-0 when Jones throws 30 or fewer passes and 1-3 when he has tried greater than 30 passes. He might should run it himself to loosen issues up inside for Barkley.
On protection, the Giants go in with out their high cornerback, Adoree’ Jackson, and have proven little capability to make Prescott uncomfortable within the pocket. Staying shut figures to be fairly a chore.
“It actually is a problem, however I feel it’s additionally an awesome alternative for us to indicate who we’re, present what we will do, our toughness,’’ Jones mentioned. “We’re trying ahead to going on the market and enjoying actually good soccer. That’s the place our focus is.’’