Giants vs. Cowboys Monday night preview
The Giants will take on their first NFC East opponent of the season this week when the Dallas Cowboys come to MetLife Stadium for a showdown on Monday Night Football.
While Coach Brian Daboll and the Giants are enjoying their 2-0 start, everyone in the building knows there is still a lot more work to do. Daboll isn't going to let the bright lights of playing in primetime distract his team from the task at hand.
"Playing on Monday night is always special, but the things that help you win a game on Sunday at one o'clock are the things that help you win a game on Monday," Daboll told the media Wednesday. "And I think that's where our focus needs to be is there's plenty of things that we needed to correct from Week 2, from Week 1. You're always evaluating where you're at as a team, whether it's after a loss, after a win. You're doing research on scheduling, making adjustments. You never want to come out and say, 'Well, we weren't prepared in that regard.' We're working hard to keep improving as an organization all the way around. We look forward to playing on Monday night and trying to build off on some of the things we did well and improve on the things we haven't done well."
Here are notes and stats for players on both teams heading into the Week 3 matchup.
*QB Daniel Jones had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 87.4 rating last week. Is 4-0 with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.4 rating in his past 4 at home. Had 2 TDs vs. INT for 106.9 rating in his last home start vs. Dal. (1/3/21).
*RB Saquon Barkley had 88 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 2. Aims for his 7th in row on MNF with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 567 scrimmage yards (94.5 per game) & rush TD in 6 career games vs. Dal. Has 870 scrimmage yards (108.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 8 career home games vs. NFC East.
*WR Sterling Shepard led team with 6 catches last week. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. Dal.
*WR Richie James aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 56 rec. yards in his only career game vs. Dal. (12/20/20 w/ SF).
*S Julian Love led team with 7 tackles, had 3rd-career game with 2 TFL & had 1st- career full sack in Week 2. Had 10 tackles in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Dal. with 5+ tackles.
*S Xavier McKinney had 5 tackles & his 5th-career game with 2 PD last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ tackles.
*DL Dexter Lawrence had 3rd-career FF last week.
*LB Oshane Ximines had 1st sack of season in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD.
*LB Jihad Ward had career-high 2 TFL in Week 2.
*CB Adoree' Jackson had 1st-career FR & PD last week. Has PD in 7 of his last 9 games. Aims for his 6th in row at home with PD.
*QB Cooper Rush passed for 235 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.5 rating in Week 2 & became 5th QB in SB era to lead GW drive in final 2 mins. of reg. or in OT in each of his 1st 2 career starts. Can become 4th undrafted QB since 2000 to win each of his 1st 3 career starts.
*RB Ezekiel Elliott has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 10 career games vs. NYG & aims for his 5th in row vs. NYG with rush TD. Has 633 scrimmage yards (105.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 6 career games on MNF. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (9,728), rush yards (7,491) & games with 100+ rush yards (30).
*RB Tony Pollard had 98 scrimmage yards (55 rec., 43 rush) & 9th-career rush TD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 85+ scrimmage yards.
*WR CeeDee Lamb had team-high 7 catches for 75 yards last week. Has 301 rec. yards (75.3 per game) & TD catch in 4 career games vs. NYG.
*WR Noah Brown had 5 catches for team-high & career-best 91 yards & his 1st- career rec. TD in Week 2.
*LB Micah Parsons aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ sacks & became 6th player since 1982 with 2+ sacks in 5 of 1st 20 career games. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TFLs.
*CB Trevon Figgs aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Had INT in both games vs. NYG in 2021. Has 19 PD & 7 INTs in 13 career road games.
*DE Dorance Armstrong had 1st-career 2 sack game last week.
*DE Dante Fowler had 36th-career sack & 11th-career FF in Week 2.
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Kayvon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari ramp up workload
Kayvon Thibodeaux practiced Wednesday and later sounded hopeful of making his NFL debut when the 2-0 Giants host the Dallas Cowboys Monday night.
"Today was definitely a – (I) had a lot of progress," Thibodeaux said. "Was able to open it up and do a lot of things. So yeah, today I'm definitely confident. … We're building right now. We're building on Week 2. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, but we're taking the right steps."
Thibodeaux and fellow edge rusher Azeez Ojulari each missed the season's first two games, the former with a knee injury suffered in a preseason game vs. Cincinnati on Aug. 28 and the latter with a calf injury he sustained in practice on Aug. 25.
The Giants have big plans for each of them. Thibodeaux was the fifth overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, and Ojulari led the team in sacks last season with a franchise rookie record 8.0
"Thibs and Azeez, they're getting close," coach Brian Daboll said. "They're going to take some team reps today. I think they took a little bit last week, but they're going to take more this week. They're getting close, so we'll see with them. I'd say they're still day-to-day even though they're on the close side."