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Coaches Corner: Giants face Dallas in pivotal Thanksgiving Showdown:

The New York Giants suffered a devastating loss of the season at the hands of the Detroit Lions 31-18.  With a 7-3 record and tied with the Cowboys in the NFC east, the Giants will now face the most difficult portion of their schedule with playoff aspirations still in play. Dallas totally dismantled a very good Minnesota Viking team 40-3 and in a shorten week the Giants must find a way to regroup and put forth a strong effort on Thanksgiving Day. Here are my top 3 ways the Giants could won:  

  1. Giant’s Offensive vs Dallas Front 7: In their first meeting of the season, the Cowboys defensive front 7 took full advantage of a Giant’s offensive line which resulted in a Dallas victory 23-16. In this upcoming matchup, the Giants have an issue with injuries with Jon Feliciano, Tyre Phillips and Evan Neal. All three availability for this Thursday are pending. The Cowboys have the most lethal weapon in Micah Parsons who can disrupt the game at any moment. The Giants must find a way to slow Parsons down if it’s even possible. Regardless, the Giants must give QB Daniel Jones ample time in the pocket and running lanes for RB Saquan Barkley.
  2. Giants Secondary vs Dallas Receivers: The Giants could be without their best cornerback Adoree’ Jackson who sustained a knee injury in Sunday’s loss to Detroit and also Fabian Moreau (Ribs) could also be out for this game.  Whoever the Giants have at the cornerback position they will have their hands filled going against Cee Dee Lamb, Michael Gallup and a strong depth group.
  3. Time of Possession: The Giants must find a way to keep the ball away from the Cowboys offense and the best way for that is to have sustainable drives and eat up the clock.This could be a tall order as the Giants offensive skilled played are limited with Daniel Jones and Saquan Barkley as their main weapons and two players the Dallas Cowboys defense will key on. If Dallas gets the ball, they have skill players like RB’s Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott, WR’s Cee Dee Lamb, Michael Gallup, TE Dalton Schultz and lastly QB Dak Prescott.

Final Thoughts:  The Giants are at a turning point as they gear up for a tough five game stretch that features Dallas, Washington twice, Philadelphia and Minnesota that have a combined record of 28-11.  The results of these games will determine the Giants fate on making the playoffs. For now, they must take one game at a time and Dallas will be a tough test for them and they will need to play flawless, but I really can’t see the Giants controlling the clock and making enough plays offensively, so in the end the Cowboys will be triumphet.  Final Score: Dallas-31/Giants-10.