By Dave Halprin
The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants get together on Sunday night for a good old-fashioned NFC East rivalry game. This game takes on even greater importance as both teams are trying to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start. We’ve noted how a team’s playoff chances drop significantly when they start 0-2 (roughly 11 % chance of making it), so this is a huge game for both organizations.
The Cowboys are facing a crisis of confidence with their offense. Only scoring eight points in the season-opener will do that as both Dak Prescott and his offensive line had issues. Prescott will look to rebound and finally overcome a nine-game slump that goes all the way back to the Atlanta game in the 2017 season.
Fortunately, the Cowboys defense looks strong, holding Carolina to 16 points in the opener, and generally harassing the Panthers offense outside of Cam Newton with some big runs. This week they need to deal with an array of skill position weapons that the Giants possess. To stop them, they will try and beat a below-average offensive line and punish Eli...