Both the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are fresh off of very solid wins in Week 4. The Cowboys’ offense has been one of the most consistent so far this season, while the Giants’ offense has flashed here and there. Both defenses have their flaws, but they have performed well throughout much of the season so far.
There are a few matchups to keep an eye on as the game unfolds on Sunday.
Cowboys Front Seven against Saquon Barkley
The Giants running back is starting to heat up once again. Coming back from injury, it looked like the team was holding him back a bit in the first couple weeks of the season, but that has dissipated. They know that he is their best player on offense, and it isn’t particularly close.
Dallas will need to keep the big plays from Barkley to a minimum. He will most likely produce no matter what, but keeping a lid on him helps to contain the entire offense. Micah Parsons, Keanu Neal, and Leighton Vander Esch all have to do their job in the running game. There’s no doubt that the Giants will try to get him outside the tackles as well, so players in the secondary must be prepared to come up and make stops. The Giants’ offense will go as Saquon does on Sunday.
— Dallas Cowboys Collaboration (@mailman_phil) October 3, 2021
Cowboys Offensive Line against Giants Defensive Line
The trenches will play a big role in this rivalry game as well. The Dallas offensive line has been impressive for most of the season, but New York’s defensive line is an impactful unit, too. DL Dexter Lawrence can be a game-wrecker if he gets going, and DL Leonard Williams has been one of the most productive defensive linemen in the NFL when it comes to pressures.
It’ll be a tall task for the offensive line of the Cowboys, especially the interior. They’ve shown they can handle the pressure this year, though. Right guard Zack Martin has shown his normal dominance, while young Tyler Biadasz and Connor Williams have shown improvement. The Giants will absolutely try to scheme up some pressure through the interior, so the Cowboys have to be ready for it.
Cowboys OC Kellen Moore on Zack Martin: “He played phenomenal. I don’t know what Madden 99s are … but the guy is playing as good as any one in the National Football League. He plays right guard. I know it’s not the sexiest, coolest position in the world, but he’s amazing.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 4, 2021
Cowboys Tight Ends against Giants Defense
Look out for a big game from Dalton Schultz or Blake Jarwin this week. The Giants are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends so far on the season. That translates to six catches, 53.5 yards, and a TD per game. Part of that may continue after the loss of top linebacker Blake Martinez for the season. On the flip-side, New York is top ten in limiting wide receivers in fantasy production.
Accordingly, Dak Prescott may target his tight ends a bit more often this week. Dalton Schultz has been ultra-consistent through four weeks. He’s established himself as the top TE on the depth chart for now. Schultz has recorded 6 receptions in three of four weeks and has added three touchdowns in that time frame. Blake Jarwin has been less productive so far but remains a trusted target for Prescott. We’ll see if they get him more involved against the Giants this week.
Dalton Schultz’s target shares by week:
— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) October 4, 2021
These three in-game matchups will make the difference for the Cowboys and Giants in Week 5. Keep them in mind!
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