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Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

  1. The Cowboys are 9-1 against the Giants over the past five seasons, including two wins in two games last season. The only other NFC teams with nine or more regular-season wins against a division rival from 2017 through 2021 were the Packers (9-1 vs. Chicago) and the Rams (9-1 vs. Arizona).
  2. Dallas was 7-2 on the road last season, and its two losses were at Tampa Bay and Kansas City. The only other seasons in which the Cowboys won seven or more road games were 2014 (8-0), 1968 (7-0) and 2007 (7-1).
  3. Only five undrafted players have started more games at quarterback for the Cowboys than Cooper Rush (two: Week 8, 2021 at Minnesota and Sunday vs. Cincinnati): Tony Romo (127), Jason Garrett (nine) Chad Hutchinson (nine), Jon Kitna (nine) and Anthony Wright (five).
  4. The Giants are 2-0 for the first time since 2016, which was the last season in which they made the playoffs. The Giants have not started a season with three or more consecutive wins since 2009, when they won their first five games (but finished with an 8-8 record).
  5. Daniel Jones has completed 70.9% of his passes (39-of-55) in the Giants' two games this season. It is Jones's third-highest completion percentage over a two-game span in his four seasons in the NFL. He completed 71.2% (37-of-52) in Weeks 8-9 in 2021 and 71.0% (44-of-62) in Weeks 9-10 in 2020.
  6. Saquon Barkley has rushed for a league-high 191 yards on 28 carries in the second halves of the Giants' two games this season. (He has gained 45 yards on 11 first-half rushes.) The only other NFL player with 120 or more second-half rushing yards through the first two weeks of the 2022 season is the Colts' Jonathan Taylor (140).
Team Comparison

New York
11.5 Points 20.0
216.5 Pass Yds 182.0
89.0 Rush Yds 170.5
1 Takeaways 3
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are going to renew their NFC East rivalry on Monday night, -and this one might be an indication of whether the times are changing.

The Cowboys, the defending division champions, have owned the Giants the last five years. The teams have played 10 times and Dallas has won nine.

This season has gotten off to an interesting start, though. Dallas has split two games and saw quarterback Dak Prescott undergo thumb surgery after the season opener. How long the star quarterback will be sidelined is uncertain, but Cooper Rush will be running the offense against the surprising Giants.

New York, which won four games last year, is halfway to that total after knocking off Tennessee and Carolina in Brian Daboll's first two games as coach. Beating Dallas in a nationally televised game would be another step toward respectability after five straight losing seasons.

"This is a divisional opponent and the quickest way to get into the postseason is to win divisional games," said receiver Sterling Shepard, the Giants' current longest tenured player. "They are always huge games no matter what start you have."

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said past results won't influence the present.

"Obviously, we're not the same as we were last year. They're not the same as they were last year," McCarthy said. "We're both going to play a little differently. They're going to play a lot different with a new staff."

McCarthy said he talked with his players about the last five years, but his focus was to remind them about the importance of winning in the division.

"This is an important game," he said. "It's a division game. It's our first division game. It's `Monday Night Football.' They're 2-0. You look at all of those things, at the end of the day, this is going to come down to us playing to our playstyle, play to our discipline and we feel like we'll do what we need to do to win the game."


Reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons leads the NFL with four sacks, two in each of the first two games.

Dallas' dynamic linebacker could join Kevin Greene (1998) and Mark Gastineau (1984) as the only players to start a season with three multi-sack games. He's leading a Dallas defense that held the offenses of Tampa Bay's Tom Brady and Cincinnati's Joe Burrow to a touchdown apiece in the first two games. It's the fewest TDs allowed by the Cowboys through two games since 1996.

"Micah wreaks havoc," McCarthy said. "He's definitely a focal point for every one of our opponents. You could see that last year."


The combination of a healthy Saquon Barkley and an improved offensive line has been the constant in the Giants' offense. Barkley leads the league with 236 yards rushing and his 282 yards from scrimmage is fifth-best overall.

The one problem for the line has been pass protection. Daniel Jones has been sacked eight times, losing one fumble on one of those. However, he has done a good job of protecting the ball, throwing one interception while hitting 71% of his passes for three TDs.


Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and his son, executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones, make frequent radio appearances during the week, and always get asked about the timeline for Prescott's return.

Stephen Jones said definitely not this week. Both said maybe Week 4 at home against Washington.

The swelling after surgery wasn't as bad as it could have been, which is why the Cowboys are talking a handful of weeks instead of as many as eight.

The bottom line is Rush will make multiple starts this year after filling in once last season when the star quarterback was out with a calf strain.


When Daboll hired Wink Martindale as his defensive coordinator, the word was the former Ravens' coordinator was going to bring a blitz-heavy package to the Giants.

McCarthy said Giants have not blitzed as much as one would have expected.

"His numbers aren't real high right now, but his history, obviously, you have to always account into the history of the coordinator," McCarthy said of Martindale.

Last week, Martindale threw a curve at the Panthers after top defensive lineman Leonard Williams hurt his knee in the third quarter. He went the rest of the game using mostly two linemen mixed with linebackers and defensive backs.

What he has for Dallas remains to be seen


Dallas receiver Michael Gallup could make his season debut coming off a torn ACL from January. McCarthy indicated Gallup might not be ready for a full load against the Giants, but situational roles is a possibility.

The Cowboys also are expecting a game-time decision for tight end Dalton Schultz, who sprained his right knee late against Cincinnati.


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Updated September 22, 2022

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