What must the Cowboys defense do to stop the Giants?

What must the Cowboys defense do to stop the Giants?

From the start of the season, it was clear that this unit was going to be the one that would carry the team. The performance of the first two weeks changed a lot, although the only constant was the level of defense. So far, they haven’t been able to demonstrate the ability to generate deliveries that they had last year. However, on Monday night they will have a perfect opportunity.

Skip the rushers vs. offensive line

The production the defense put up against a dangerous offense like the Cincinnati Bengals was basically on the line. While the backs played reliably, it was all made possible by the short time Joe Burrow had to launch the ball. With the disruption achieved in this sector, the task of the unit has been facilitated.

Logically the star of the team has reappeared. There’s no doubt that Micah Parsons is already among the best in the league globally, not just in his position. To Tom Brady’s two sacks, he added two more on Burrow to lead the NFL with four. What’s interesting about his level is that he opens up a lot of possibilities for his teammates.

The Cowboys finished with six sacks against the Bengals last Sunday. Dorance Armstrong completing two as well as Leighton Vander Esch and Dante Fowler scored in the stats. Daniel Jones emerges as the third most knocked down quarterback in this start with eight, so the Giants come in with plenty of unknowns in that area.

Jones will also be a fantastic match for creating trades. Defense still ranks among the worst in this variable with just one. That lone steal was Brady’s interception by Donovan Wilson in the loss to the Buccaneers. While it’s expected that when faced with two such outstanding quarterbacks, mistakes aren’t common.

The reverse will happen on Monday. The New York quarterback has proven to be the QB who cares the least about the ball after being drafted in 2019. Pro Football Reference says that in 39 games he started, he racked up 30 picks and 37 fumbles . These numbers show that this is a problem that has yet to be fixed. Add to that the fact that 42.3% of their waivers have been under pressure this year, and it could be another dominant night for the Cowboys visiting the Giants.

Ground defense vs. Saquon Barkley

Dallas was not an isolated case of a franchise drafting a running back too soon. New York actually used the second overall pick in 2018 to get Barkley. As a rookie, he took defenses by surprise by achieving extraordinary productions. However, his level dropped significantly as the injuries appeared.

Although the ball carrier is back after a long period of absence. Being in the last year of his contract necessarily represented an additional motivation because he gives the feeling of having regained a certain explosiveness. Especially in his opener against the Titans, the best version of the Penn State graduate was seen with 164 yards. In turn, he went 9.11 per attempt on a 68-yard run.

This is important since the whole offense goes through him. Containing Barkley will limit the Giants offense too much. Due to the disadvantages they present when flying through the air, this is their primary means of gaining meters. However, his effectiveness dropped a lot against the Panthers a few days ago. His 73 yards on 21 carries involved just 3.4 per touch.

But the defense still has to respect its potential. The ubiquity of Parsons appears as an obvious solution to the dynamics of RB. Although we shouldn’t ignore Vander Esch’s gift voucher. The silent linebacker regained the solidity he had before. Perhaps paying special attention to the runner will be valuable as this unit’s essential weapon.

defensive backs vs. wide receivers

The cornerbacks had a great challenge in the trio of receivers facing them. However, they were able to remain reliable in part due to the good pressure generated at the line of scrimmage. Holding Ja’Marr Chase to just five catches for 54 yards indicates strength in that area. This added value considering that in many shots it was Anthony Brown who covered it.

Their obligation on Monday evening will be drastically modified. Injuries could be a deciding factor as New York can’t rely 100% on Kadarious Toney or Wan’Dale Robinson. A 2021 first-round pick in Toney as well as a rookie second-round pick in Robinson would add another dimension to the opposing passing game.

If they fail, the attack will have even fewer formidable tools. Although assuming they recover, the Giants won’t pose the threat the Bengals have imposed in the air. His leader in yards and receptions is Richie James with 110 in 10 catches. James is a kick return specialist who has come to fill this role, so his ceiling will likely be somewhat limited.

Dallas will then have the ideal situation to achieve the type of coverage you prefer. The primary wide receiver would be Sterling Shepard, but his presence won’t change the game plan. Veteran Kenny Golladay is not giving him any advantage under trainer Brian Daboll as he has hardly been used. In this context, Dan Quinn will be able to apply the aggressiveness that he prefers so much in his cornerbacks. This will be a good frame for Trevon Diggs to start an interception streak.



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