Giants-Cowboys Week 12 Preview
The Giants head to Dallas for a Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Cowboys on Thursday.
Dallas picked up the victory in the first meeting between the two teams back in Week 3, 23-16. The Giants will look to even the season series on Thursday, their first of four consecutive games against division rivals.
Both teams enter this matchup 7-3 on the season. In fact, all four members of the NFC East currently hold a record above .500, with the Philadelphia Eagles leading the group at 9-1 and the Washington Commanders at the rear with a 6-5 record.
Here are notes and stats for players from both teams ahead of the Week 12 NFC East showdown.
*QB Daniel Jones had season-high 341 pass yards & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his 4 road starts in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 90+ rating. Had 275 yards (196 pass, 79 rush) in Week 3 meeting.
*RB Saquon Barkley has 497 scrimmage yards (124.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 road games this season. Has 298 scrimmage yards (149 per game) & rush TD in 2 career Thursday games. Had 126 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD in Week 3 meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 career games at Dal.
*WR Darius Slayton had 5 catches for 86 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 5th in row overall with 50+ rec. yards.
*WR Richie James had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 11.
*DL Leonard Williams has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 3 vs. Dal.
*DL Dexter Lawrence had season-high 7 tackles last week & has 6 games with 5+ tackles in 2022, tied-most by DL.
*LB Jaylon Smith aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 516 tackles, 20 TFL, 20 PD & 9 sacks in 68 games (2017-21) w/ Dal.
*LB Jihad Ward has PD in 2 of his past 3 & had PD in Week 3 meeting.
*LB Tae Crowder had FF in last road meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Dal. with 5+ tackles.
*S Julian Love had 7 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Led team with 14 tackles in Week 3 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 6+ tackles & 7th in row overall with 5+ tackles.
*QB Dak Prescott completed 22 of 25 atts. (88 pct.) for 276 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.3 rating last week. Has 28 TDs (26 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 110.3 rating in his past 11 home starts. Has 1,393 pass yards (278.6 per game) & 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. 98.4 rating in 5 career Thanksgiving starts. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 350+ pass yards. Has 21 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 100.1 rating in 11 starts vs. NYG.
*RB Ezekiel Elliott had 14th-career game with 2 rush TDs last week. Has 488 scrimmage yards (97.6 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 career Thanksgiving games. Has 1,013 scrimmage yards (92.1 per game) & 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in 11 career games vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row in 2022 & 6th in row vs. NYG with TD.
*RB Tony Pollard became 4th player since 1990 with 75+ rush yards (80), 100+ rec. yards (100) & 2+ rec. TDs (2) in single game last week. Rushed for 105 yards in Week 3 meeting & had 103 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 28 rec.) in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with TD & 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards.
*WR CeeDee Lamb has 5+ catches in 8 of his past 9. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had rec. TD in Week 3 meeting & TD catch in last home meeting.
*LB Micah Parsons had 8th-career game with 2+ sacks (2) last week, tied 2ndmost by player in 1st 2 seasons since 1982. Has 13 sacks & 17 TFL in 13 career home games. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with sack.
*DE DeMarcus Lawrence aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had 3 sacks in Week 3 meeting & has 10 sacks & 4 FFs in his past 10 vs. NYG.
*CB Trevon Diggs has 10 PD & 3 INTs in 5 career games vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with INT & 5th in row vs. NYG with 2+ PD.
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The Giants operate under the time-honored football philosophy of next man up regarding injuries, but will they have enough players to take a stand when they visit the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday?
Twelve players were listed on the team's injury report yesterday, either as did not participate (seven) or limited participation (five). In lieu of a full practice on a short week, the Giants held two walk-throughs, so practice participation was again a projection.
But the Giants are projected to be short-handed, particularly on the offensive line (six players on the report) and secondary (four) when they two 7-3 teams square off.
Despite the surfeit of injuries, coach Brian Daboll's message to the team is the same as it is every week.
"Prepare to play a game," Daboll said. "It's really that simple: prepare to play a game. (It's) a short week; everybody plays them. So, do a good job in the walk-throughs. Do a good job on studying the team that we're playing, and make sure that we're ready to go. Take care of our bodies and get ready to go to Dallas."
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