Opponent Player of the Week
Quarterback - Daniel Jones
2020 Stats: 889 yards passing, 137 yards rushing, two touchdowns, five interceptions
Though his stat line this year isn’t as good as it was last season, Jones is still very dangerous on the football field. And now that star running back Saquon Barkley is out for the season with a knee injury, the Cowboys must focus on shutting down the New York Giants passing game which means stopping Jones. They have to be smart about how they attack him because as we’ve all see Jones has the ability to affect games with his legs.
If the Cowboys want to win this game they will need to keep Jones in the pocket long enough for their pass rushers to get home. If they can do that they will grab the advantage in the contest.
Cowboys Offensive X-Factor Player
Center - Tyler Biadasz
The Cowboys lost Joe Looney to an injury and Biadasz filled in quite well last week though with all young players you will have bad moments. This week the task is going to get a whole lot tougher with players like Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence lining up across from him. The Giants will most assuredly send pressure up the middle at Biadasz to try and confuse the rookie and get to quarterback Dak Prescott.
If Biadasz can see these blitzes coming and call out the right protections then the Cowboys have a good chance of getting their offensive game going against the strong duo in the center of the Giants defensive line.
Cowboys Defensive X-Factor Player(s)
Safeties - Xavier Woods, Darian Thompson, and Donovan Wilson
The Cowboys defense is going to be facing a team that has lost their star player (Saquon Barkley) and are now hoping their second-year quarterback can come in and lead the team to their first win of the season. The Cowboys safeties can’t allow that to happen this week and they must make sure that the Giants wide outs, and elusive tight end, aren’t able to get behind them for easy yards and points. That is something they’ve failed to do all season, but can get back on track with a good showing today.
If they fail and continue to allow receivers to get behind them, then this winless Giants team could pull off the major upset and send the Cowboys into full must win mode the rest of the season.