The New York Giants are one of four winless teams left heading into Week 5. They face the 1-3 Dallas Cowboys; the winner of this game could be second in the NFC East.
The Giants come in after a 17-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, while the Cowboys were defeated by the Cleveland Browns in a 49-38 shootout.
Dallas is currently a 8.5 point favorite, according to Caesars Sportsbook.
Don’t Let Zeke Eat
Ezekiel Elliott has yet to rush for 100 yards in a game, but last week, got involved in the passing game with eight receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. He has been less productive due to two starters injured on the offensive line, including Tyron Smith, who is out for the season.
Elliott rushed for 139 yards on 23 attempts the last time he faced the Giants.
Dallas creates deep passing plays by establishing the run first; if Elliott’s production is limited, it makes Dak Prescott throw more.
Prescott has averaged 50 passing attempts due to trailing in games and a lack of running attack. That’s the formula to stifle the Cowboys offense for which the Giants will game plan.
Devonta, Come to Play
Devonta Freeman is the next man up after the Giants lost Saquon Barkley for the season. Last week was his first game as the primary back; on 11 rushes, Freeman had 33 yards. The Giants need more production and better run blocking.
Luckily for Freeman, the Cowboys allow 172.5 rushing yards per game, the second-worst rate in the NFL. Last week, they allowed 307 rushing yards to the Cleveland Browns.
The Giants offense has relied solely on QB Daniel Jones and has not had an effective run game this whole season. Their leading rusher is Jones with 137 yards.
Danny DIMES Needs to Be a Whole QUARTERback
It is basic analysis to say an offense relies on its quarterback, but for the Giants, if Jones struggles, they have no shot.
Jones has played well considering the circumstances, but needs to reduce the turnovers.
The potential game-tying drive last week saw Jones at his best, finding Darius Slayton for a 33-yard gain and having two 10+ yard rushes.
It culminated with him at his worst, forcing a ball intended for Damion Ratley on 2nd-and-5 with 52 seconds left, resulting in an interception.
Jones needs to be better and with a lack of weapons, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has to up the creativity in his play calling.