An exciting NFC East clash awaits us this weekend, with the Giants and the Cowboys meeting up for the second time this season. Yes, we’re only in Week 7 but these two teams have already clashed once before, back in Week 1. In that game, the two teams were remarkably evenly-matched, but it was the Dallas Cowboys who walked away with a narrow 27-26 victory. The Giants will be hosting this second clash between the sides, and the New York squad will be eager for revenge. Whatever the result turns out to be, it will have a big impact on the standings of the division. For now, the Giants are sitting in second place with a 3-3 record, but the Cowboys are close behind with a 2-3 record from their season so far.
Before we talk about the match itself, let’s take a look at how these two teams have been doing in the season so far. First up, the Giants kicked things off with the aforementioned loss to the Cowboys. This defeat was followed by another against the Falcon. Luckily, the New York squad were able to turn things around in the matches that followed. They went on a three-game run of victories against the Redskins, Bills and 49ers. Most recently, they were powerless to stop the Philadelphia Eagles putting an end to that victorious streak. The Giants’ offense has still managed to be quite effective this season, with the side notching 14 touchdowns and a total of 139 points so far, but the defense has been lacking.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys enjoyed victory in that Week 1 matchup, but things have gone downhill since then. Week 2 saw another victory for the Dallas squad against the Philadelphia Eagles, but that was their last win of the season. The Cowboys are coming into this new game on a three-match losing streak. They tasted defeat in games against the Falcons, Saints and Patriots. The latest loss against the Patriots was particularly miserable for the Cowboys as they lost 30-6. The Cowboys currently have the lowest amount of touchdowns in their division (11) and have struggled defensively, letting 131 points get past them.
As we can see, both of these teams are in need of a victory to save their flailing campaigns. Fans of both teams will be expecting to see better performances from their players, particularly in this divisional matchup. Las Vegas lines put the Giants as 3.5 point favorites, but the truth is that the match really could go either way. Spectators should expect a close game that may not be decided until the final quarter. The over/under is at 45.5 points on Vegas lines. If the Giants pull off a victory, they’ll move into top spot in the NFC East division ahead of the Eagles, who will be meeting up with the Panthers on Sunday night. If the Cowboys earn a win, they’ll have a 3-3 record and be able to start pushing their way up the table. The incentives are there for both teams.
In truth, the Cowboys have been struggling to cope since Tony Romo fractured his collarbone and left the team without a star signal caller. The Cowboys first called on Brandon Weeden to fill the gap, but Matt Cassel will now be relied upon as the team’s starting quarterback in Romo’s absence. Weeden clearly couldn’t cut it, struggling to have any real impact when he was on the field. Cassel went 4-13 as a starter in the 2012-14 seasons and doesn’t have the most impressive statistics overall, but he’s the only option left for the Cowboys until Romo recovers. Naturally, this is a big weakness in the Dallas lineup and the Giants will hope to take advantage of that.
Not only that, but Dez Bryant is also probably still out after injuring his foot in the first game of the season. For now, nobody is sure whether or not Bryant will be able to play, but he remains doubtful. With both him and Romo out, things are bad enough for the Cowboys, but their defense just hasn’t been in good form either. When Romo was playing, the Cowboys allowed an average of 18 points per game. Since the signal caller’s injury, that number has nearly doubled to 32. Again, the Giants will hope to exploit this weakness, but their offense did struggle in the latest game. They only managed 7 points against the Eagles and really need to get back to their best.
This is a big division game for both teams and could decide which squad goes on to have a good season and which one crashes and burns. Both teams will be desperate for victory and fans should see an exciting matchup. The Cowboys are massively struggling in the QB department. Meanwhile, the stars of the Giants clearly need to improve. With some big games on the horizon for both teams, they’ll each be doing everything they can to claim a win this weekend. If we look at recent form, the Cowboys just haven’t been able to perform without Romo and the Giants will probably be too strong for them, but maybe Cassel and the rest of the Dallas squad have a few surprises in store for us.