Game Predictions & Player Projections - DAL vs NYG

Game Predictions & Player Projections - DAL vs NYG


Game Predictions & Player Projections - DAL vs NYG

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Prediction: DAL 27, NYG 24 (Line: DAL by 3.5)

The 7-3 Cowboys come off their bye and are tied for the NFC East thanks to the loss by the Eagles to the Packers. And so far, Dallas is a perfect 4-0 on the road. The 3-7y Giants are on a five game losing streak where their offense has taken a big step backwards. The Cowboys won 31-21 when the Giants visited Dallas in week seven.

Dallas Cowboys

1 SF 17-28 10 @JAC 31-17
2 @TEN 26-10 11 BYE —–
3 @STL 34-31 12 @NYG —–
4 NO 38-17 13 PHI —–
5 HOU 20-17 14 @CHI —–
6 @SEA 30-23 15 @PHI —–
7 NYG 31-21 16 IND —–
8 WAS 17-20 17 @WAS —–
9 ARI 17-29  
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DAL @ NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Tony Romo 270,2
RB Darren McFadden 40 4-20
RB Alfred Morris 60 2-20
WR Dez Bryant 7-100,1
WR Terrance Williams 3-50
TE Jason Witten 4-50,1
PK Dan Bailey 2 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: This should be a win though the Giants have been a problem in years past and the Cowboys have to be thinking about next week when they host the Eagles for clear ownership of the division. The Cowboys have been a big surprise thus far but it is all meaningless if they once again experience their traditional December Collapse™ and that is going to be difficult to avoid given that there are only two home games remaining and both are against division leaders. The Cowboys have never fared well away from home late in the year but end with four road games.

QUARTERBACK : The London game ended with Tony Romo passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns with no apparent setbacks for his back. Taking a week and a half off no doubt helps him as well. Romo passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns when the Giants visited back in week seven and he has tended to throw for more yards and scores on the road because Murray doesn’t have quite as prolific games away from Dallas.

RUNNING BACK : DeMarco Murray fell off his record-setting 100 yard pace in week nine but he was back at it in London against the Jaguars. Murray continues to be reliable for 120+ total yards each week but he’s only scored once in the last five games. Murray ran for 128 yards and one score in the previous meeting with the Giants.

WIDE RECEIVER : Terrance Williams started the year with five touchdowns over the first five games and yet none since week five. Even his normal game of around 70 yards has declined and after he only managed two receptions for 19 yards against the Cardinals, he failed to catch either of his targets in London before the bye. Dez Bryant had a season best game there with 158 yards and two scores. Bryant scored in seven of the last eight games but averaged only 55 yards from week three to week nine. Bryant ended with nine catches for 151 yards while Williams scored on his only catch for 18 yards when the Giants visited earlier this season.

TIGHT END : The normal production of Terrance Williams ends up instead with Jason Witten over the last month. After minimal production for the first five games, Witten’s scored in three of the last four games. His yardage tends to be low especially in road games but he is a red zone target again.

Witten only managed two catches for 27 yards in the previous meeting with the Giants but Gavin Escobar had a career best three catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Giants defense hasn’t changed much in the last five weeks though this is on the road and the Giants are beyond desperate. Romo is still a moderate to good play, both Bryant and Murray are always starts. Witten has been a better start than Williams in recent weeks and that seems likely to carry over here.

Gaining Fantasy Points DAL 18 3 16 14 9 18
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 27 31 5 20 28 24

New York Giants

1 @DET 14-35 10 @SEA 17-39
2 ARI 14-25 11 SF 10-16
3 HOU 30-17 12 DAL —–
4 @WAS 45-14 13 @JAC —–
5 ATL 30-20 14 @TEN —–
6 @PHI 0-27 15 WAS —–
7 @DAL 21-31 16 @STL —–
8 BYE —– 17 PHI —–
9 IND 24-40  
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NYG vs DAL Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning 270,3
RB Rashad Jennings 60 2-10
RB Bobby Rainey 10 2-20
RB Shane Vereen 30 4-40,1
WR Odell Beckham 7-90,1
WR Hakeem Nicks 2-20
TE Larry Donnell 7-70,1
PK Josh Brown 1 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: Tough times in New York with the G-Men unable to get a win for over a month now. The only remaining home games come against divisional rivals but the problem is that the defense either falls apart or in the case of the 49ers, teams know they can beat the Giants and play down to their level. The return of Rashad Jennings made no difference and the loss of Victor Cruz is long enough ago that they already played the Cowboys without him this year. Aside from the play of Odell Beckham, there isn’t much the Giants can hang their hat on this year.

QUARTERBACK : Eli Manning continues to be good for at least one score per week though these last two games that was all he could manage and versus the 49ers he tossed a season worst five interceptions. Manning passed for 248 yards and three touchdowns in Dallas this year and had his only game without a sack.

RUNNING BACK : Rashad Jennings returned after a six week absence but only managed 59 yards on 18 carries against the 49ers – about the same he was getting before being injury. Jennings had one big game against the Texans but otherwise has been a non-factor. Andre Williams was no better in relief of Jennings though Williams has a team high four rushing scores on the year. Jennings said his knee felt good after the 22 touches he had last week.

Andre Williams ran for 51 yards on 18 carries in Dallas this season.

WIDE RECEIVER : Rueben Randle comes off a season best 112 yards on seven catches but has just two scores on the year and is just a possession receiver worth around 50 to 60 yards per week. He posted 74 yards on six catches in Dallas this year while Odell Beckham turned four catches for 34 yards into two touchdowns in week seven. Beckham is on a three game streak of 90+ yard games that started after the Dallas meeting. Preston Parker rarely tops 20 yards per game anymore.

TIGHT END : Larry Donnell remains marginal in yardage with only around 35 yards per week over the last three games but he scored in two of them – both at home. Donnell would catch seven passes for 90 yards in Dallas this year but lost two fumbles. Daniel Fells would score on his only catch in the game.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Cowboys have been decent against the pass though they oddly tend to either allow three touchdowns or no touchdowns over their last seven games. The rushing defense has been very good and they already stuffed the Giants the last time. Consider Manning and Beckham as moderate to good plays but the rest are risky to rely on. Donnell faces one of the worst defenses against tight ends and that allowed eight scores to the position. Consider him a strong play for a touchdown this week.

Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 17 26 13 6 28 23
Preventing Fantasy Points DAL 9 12 3 31 1 23

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