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Series History

The Giants were victorious in their first four trips to AT&T Stadium, including the very first game in the Cowboys' new home in 2009. Since then, they are just 1-6 there. Overall, the Giants trail the regular-season series, 68-45-2, but won their only postseason meeting in the 2007 championship run.

Last Time Out

For the second time in three games, the Giants allowed just 17 points and still lost. Last week, it was a 17-9 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles, where the Giants were 18 yards away from potentially tying the game on their last offensive series. They turned the ball over, however, and fell to 0-4 on the season.

Dallas, meanwhile, lost another offensive showdown to Cleveland. After falling behind 41-14 late in the third quarter, the Cowboys fought back to within a field goal. They ultimately lost, 49-38, and dropped to 1-3.

Injury Report

New York Giants:

  • Out: LB Oshane Ximines (shoulder, placed on IR)
  • Questionable: S Jabrill Peppers (ankle), DB Adrian Colbert (neck), LB Kyler Fackrell (neck)

Dallas Cowboys:

  • Out: OT Tyron Smith (neck), C Joe Looney (knee)

Up for Grabs

It is safe to say the NFC East, with a combined record of 3-12-1 through four weeks, is up for grabs. But the winless Giants are in no position to take anyone lightly. Their next three games (and five of the next six) are against divisional opponents, starting this Sunday in Dallas.

"Obviously, with divisional play starting, it's a big week for us as a team," coach Joe Judge said. "This rivalry, with that being said, obviously carries a lot of intensity to it. This is definitely a challenging opponent."


Good News

The Cowboys have given up 42 points per game over the last three weeks, increasing their season total to 146 total points allowed, the most in the NFL.

Bad News

The Giants have scored a league-low 47 points. The Giants have not scored a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since 1998. After throwing at least one touchdown pass in each of his first 13 career starts, Daniel Jones has not thrown one in the last three games. He has thrown 108 consecutive passes without a touchdown.

Dak Attack

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott passed for a career-high 502 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 112.9 rating in Week 4 against Cleveland. Prescott, who passed for 450 yards in Week 2 and 472 yards in Week 3, is the first player with at least 450 passing yards in three consecutive games in NFL history. Prescott has 1,690 passing yards in 2020 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (1,557 passing yards in 2000) for the most passing yards by a player in his team's first four games of a season in NFL history. The Giants are sixth in pass defense, allowing 221.5 yards per game through the air.

View rare photos from the historic rivalry between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Turn, turn, turn

It's no surprise why the NFC East is what it is. The Cowboys have turned the ball over nine times, tied with the Eagles for the most in the NFL. The Giants and Washington have given the ball away eight times. Dallas has a league-worst minus-7 differential. Philadelphia is minus-5, Big Blue is minus-4, and Washington is minus-2.

Jason Garrett Looks Forward

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will return to Dallas to take on the Cowboys, for whom he coached the previous 13 seasons, including nearly a decade as their head coach.

"The biggest thing that we're all focused on is what we can do to help the New York Giants play as well as we can play," Garrett said. "That's what we're focused on as players and coaches. Many people around the league, you have history in another place. You know people on other teams. I obviously spent a lot of time in Dallas and am very grateful for my experience there, all the players I was fortunate to coach, the guys I was fortunate to coach with, and everyone in that organization and really the people of Dallas. They were amazing to me. It was a great time of my life. Forever appreciative of that and forever grateful of that, but I'm excited about this opportunity and trying to help this team get better."

Stat to Impress Your Friends

Tight end Evan Engram averages 75.7 yards per game on the road in Dallas; everywhere else he averages 47.7 yards. In last year's season opener there, Engram recorded career highs in targets (14), receptions (11) and yards (116).


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