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Giants Now: Giants-Cowboys Week 1 Preview


Giants-Cowboys Week 1 Preview

The New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys in MetLife Stadium for an NFC East Sunday Night Football contest to open the 2023 season. Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.

The Giants and Cowboys have met 14 times on a Sunday night, the second-most frequent Sunday Night Football matchup (most frequent: Cowboys-Eagles, 15 times). The last time the Giants opened a season on Sunday Night Football was in 2017 at Dallas.

The Giants look to even up the series against Dallas in MetLife Stadium where the Cowboys hold the advantage, 7-6. The Giants have faced the Cowboys in MetLife Stadium three times on a Sunday Night, winning twice.

In 2022, the Giants opened their season with a win for the first time since 2016, defeating Tennessee on the road, 21-20.

Here are notes and stats from both teams heading into the season opener.


*QB Daniel Jones had career-high 3,205 pass yards & 15 TD passes for career-high 92.5 rating & had career highs in rush yards (708) & rush TDs (7) in 2022. Had 16 TDs (10 pass, 6 rush) vs. 3 INTs in 9 home starts last season.

*RB Saquon Barkley ranked 4th in rush yards (career-high 1,312) & 5th among RBs in scrimmage yards (1,650) last season & had 10 rush TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with 100+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row vs. Dal. with rush TD.

*WR Darius Slayton led team with 724 rec. yards in 2022.

*WR Sterling Shepard has 362 receptions for 4,038 yards & 22 TDs in 75 career games.

*WR Isaiah Hodgins had rec. TD in 4 of his last 5 games in 2022.

*TE Darren Waller makes NYG debut. Has 298 receptions for 3,572 yards & 19 rec. TDs in 74 career games.

*DL Dexter Lawrence set career highs in tackles (68) & sacks (7.5) last season. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with 0.5+ sacks.

*DL Leonard Williams is 1 of 3 DL (Aaron Donald & Cam Jordan) with 40+ tackles in each of past 8 seasons. Had 2 TFL in last meeting.

*LB Bobby Okereke makes NYG debut. Had career highs in tackles (149) & TFL (6) with Ind. in 2022.

*OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux had 6 TFL & 4 sacks last season & was only rookie with 2 FFs & 2 FRs in 2022.

*LB Micah McFadden had 5+ tackles in 5 of his last 6 home games in 2022. Had 2 TFL in last meeting.

*OLB Azeez Ojulari had 5.5 sacks & 3 FFs in 7 games in 2022.

*CB Deonte Banks was selected in 1st round (No. 24 overall) in 2023 NFL Draft


*Dallas led NFL with 33 takeaways in 2022 & became 2nd team ever to lead league in takeaways in consecutive seasons.

*QB Dak Prescott passed for 2,860 yards & 23 TDs for 91.1 rating in 12 starts in 2022. Is 10-0 with 2,755 pass yards (275.5 per game) & 22 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 109.7 rating in his past 10 starts vs. NYG. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts at NYG.

*RB Tony Pollard set career highs with 1,378 scrimmage yards (1,007 rush, 371 rec.) & 12 scrimmage TDs (9 rush, 3 rec.) in 2022. Had 4 games with 2+ scrimmage TDs last season, 3rd- most among RBs.

*WR CeeDee Lamb ranked 5th in receptions (career-high 107) & 6th in rec. yards (career-high 1,359) in 2022 & had career-high 9 rec. TDs. Had 106 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 6+ catches.

*WR Brandin Cooks had 57 catches for 699 yards & 3 rec. TDs with Hou. in 2022 & is 1 of 5 with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons.

*LB Micah Parsons had career-high 13.5 sacks & 14 TFL in 2022 & became 3rd player since 1982 with 13+ sacks in each of 1st 2 seasons. Had 2 sacks in last meeting.

*DE Dorance Armstrong had career highs with 8.5 sacks & 9 TFL in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with sack.

*CB Trevon Diggs led team with 14 PD in 2022. Since 2020, ranks tied-1st among DBs in INTs (17). Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. NYG & aims for his 3rd in row at NYG with INT.

*CB Stephon Gilmore had 11 PD with Ind. in 2022 & ranks 2nd among active DBs with 127 PD.

*CB Daron Bland tied-2nd among rookies with 5 INTs in 2022.

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