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10 things to watch for against the Cowboys

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1. THE REMATCH


NEWS
> [Read Cowboys Scouting Report](http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Scouting-Report-Breaking-down-the-Cowboys/9e8e7e82-5e4b-40fb-a4d7-fc660b62e0e8)
> [Fact or Fiction: Top Matchup](http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Fact-or-Fiction-Top-Matchup-to-Watch/01e3b550-a044-4cca-b20b-b5086fff2c7d)
> [The Coughlin Corner: Exclusive Interview](http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/The-Coughlin-Corner-A-game-of-significance/d907cd20-a879-49c4-bb79-159a5db82711)
PHOTOS
> [Five Players to Watch vs. Dallas](http://www.giants.com/photos/photos/5-Players-to-Watch-vs-Cowboys/a7de6f6d-9c16-4130-acf7-07fc6e8a6505)
VIDEOS
> [Three Kew Matchups vs. Cowboys](http://www.giants.com/videos/videos/Giants-vs-Cowboys-3-Key-Matchups/6fc9b16a-2329-47b0-9b1b-8f54ca8534a7)


Holding a share of the NFC East lead, the New York Giants (3-3) host the Dallas Cowboys (2-3) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET) at MetLife Stadium for a critical game in the division. Big Blue let a late 10-point lead slip away in a season-opening loss to Dallas as part of a 0-2 start. The Giants rebounded and won three in a row before falling on Monday night to the Eagles, who are also 3-3. 

"All of them are important, all of them are big, so every game counts in this league, every one is important," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "But the fact it is Dallas and we've played them already, it's a chance for us to get back to a winning record. It's a big one and we've got to go out there and play well."

2. QB CHANGE IN DALLAS

Over the bye week, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett named Matt Cassel as the team's starting quarterback, replacing Brandon Weeden, who started the previous three games -- all losses -- in place of the injured Tony Romo. Cassel is 34-38 in 72 career starts for four different teams, throwing 96 touchdowns to 70 interceptions. He has a career completion percentage of 59.0 with a passer rating of 80.1.

3. COWBOYS D NEARS FULL STRENGTH

While all eyes are on their offense, the Cowboys are getting back to full strength on defense, notably with the return of end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain, who both served four-game suspensions to start the year. Meanwhile, end Randy Gregory, the team's second-round draft choice this year, is expected to return to the field for the first time since he injured his ankle in the opener against the Giants.

4. FLOWERS VS. HARDY

On an individual level, the matchup to watch on Sunday will be Hardy against rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers, the Giants' first-rounder and ninth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Giants uncharacteristically allowed three sacks last week after surrendering just four in the previous five games. Meanwhile, Hardy sacked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady twice in the pass-rusher's first game back in Week 5.

5. ODELL QUESTIONABLE; GIANTS INJURY REPORT

Keep an eye on these five players as the Giants face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday

Out: CB Prince Amukamara (pectoral), WR Victor Cruz (calf).

Questionable: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), CB Brandon McGee (back), LB Uani 'Unga (neck).

Probable: DE Robert Ayers Jr. (hamstring), LB Jon Beason (knee), DT Johnathan Hankins (calf), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), WR Rueben Randle (hamstring), CB Trevin Wade (concussion).

6. DEZ OUT; COWBOYS INJURY REPORT

Out: WR Dez Bryant (foot). Questionable: TE James Hanna (ankle).

Wide receiver Dez Bryant was listed as doubtful on Friday, but was downgraded to out on Sunday.

Probable: WR Brice Butler (hamstring), DE Randy Gregory (ankle), DE Greg Hardy (illness), DE David Irving (back), S Danny McCray (not injury related).

7. TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL

In their first and last games, the Giants defied conventional wisdom when it comes to turnover differential. They were plus-three against Dallas in Week 1 and plus-one against Philadelphia in Week 6. Both resulted in losses. The Giants are tied for first in the NFL with a plus-six turnover differential this season. The Cowboys are tied for 27th at minus-five.

8. "THE CATCH" REVISITED

By now, Beckham has proved he is more than "The Catch" that he made against the Cowboys last season. The reigning AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will face the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium for the first time since that defining moment on Nov. 23, 2014.

But all that is in the past. Beckham, who has 38 receptions for 489 yards and four touchdowns this season, missed practice for the second-straight week with a hamstring issue but looks to be ready for Sunday.

"I'm counting on that, yes," Coughlin said.

9. CAN THE GIANTS HIT 100 ON THE GROUND?

As the only team left in the NFL without one, the Giants have not had a 100-yard rushing game in any of their first six weeks.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time the Giants have rushed for fewer than 100 yards in six consecutive games.

10. SUPER BOWL XXV CHAMPION EVERSON WALLS TO BE HONORARY CAPTAIN

In keeping with the 25th anniversary celebration of Super Bowl XXV, former Giants defensive back Everson Walls, a member of the 1990 team that won it all, will be an honorary captain for the coin toss on Sunday. Fittingly, Walls will do so when the Giants face Dallas, where he played nine seasons and made four Pro Bowls before joining Big Blue.

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