Cowboys vs. Giants Preview

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GAME:

DALLAS COWBOYS (6-6) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (2-10)

KICKOFF: 

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium. TV: FOX, KevinBurkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (field reporter).

SERIES HISTORY: 

111th regular-season meeting. Cowboys leads series,63-45-2. Dallas has won six of the last nine. Dallas won 19-3 Sept.10 in Dallas. The Giants won 10-7 in New York in 2016.

KEYS TO THE GAME: 

After being humiliated last week when he lost his starting job, Eli Manning seems intent on putting to rest any notion that his skills have declined and that he should be more receptive to sharing time with rookie Davis Webb.

Manning sounds like a man who is on a mission to make someone pay for what happened last week. That someone could be the Cowboys, who have given up 234.8 passing yards per game. Dallas has allowed at least two passing touchdowns per game over the last five weeks. If the Giants can get the Cowboys' pass rush blocked, they might be able to do some damage with their passing game.

The Cowboys will try to force the run with Alfred Morris and get timely first downs from quarterback Dak Prescott. Morris has rushed for 50 or more yards in three of his last four games. Last week, he ran for 127 yards and a touchdown against Washington, his old team.

The Giants' run defense is the worst in the league -- the Giants have held their opponent under 100 yards only once -- so Morris could have another good day.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH:

--Giants TE Evan Engram vs. Cowboys FS Byron Jones. Engram is theGiants' lone remaining threat on offense. He had game-high totals of seven receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown against theRaiders last week. He has six touchdowns, most by a rookie tight end in team history, on 51 catches. Jones is the Cowboys' noted tight end stopper. He has had snaps taken away from him in the regular defense, but he remains a solid cover guy against tight ends.

--Cowboys C Travis Frederick vs. Giants DT Damon Harrison. Harrison is not having the season he had a year ago, but he remains stout in the middle and is someone Frederick will have to contain and/or neutralize if the Cowboys hope to get the running game going.Harrison has 1.5 sacks and 59 tackles for a run defense that ranks last in the NFL. Fredericks will have to be up to the task if theCowboys hope to exploit the Giants on the ground.

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