New York Giants Game Notes 2017: Week 1 at Dallas Cowboys
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants shakes hands with Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys after their game at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys with a score of 10 to 7. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

On Sunday night at AT&T Stadium, the New York Giants hope to continue their recent winning ways against the rival Dallas Cowboys.

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History

  • Giants have won three straight in series dating back to the second meeting in 2015, this after Cowboys won previous five meetings dating back to ’13.
  • Last season, Giants swept series the first time since ’11; New York managed a 20-19 victory in Week 1 at Dallas (snapping a five-game losing streak in series) and followed that with a 10-7 Sunday night win at MetLife Stadium in Week 14
  • Teams open season vs. each other for fifth time in six years dating back to ’12…

New York Giants By The Numbers

  • Finished 11-5, reached playoffs in ’16 (6-10 in ’15 and ’14)
  • Including playoffs, have scored fewer than 20 points in 6 straight games
  • QB Eli Manning: 91 TD passes, 44 INT in 48 regular season games dating back to ‘14 (18 TD passes, NFL-high 27 INT in 16 games in ’13)
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr.: Including playoffs, has 100-plus receiving yards in 19-of-44 games dating back to ’14
  • DE Olivier Vernon: Including playoffs, has 7.5 sacks in last 10 games (one sack in first seven games in ’16)
  • Totaled 35 sacks in ‘16 (23 sacks in ’15)
  • Including playoffs, have 22 takeaways in last 11 games (3 takeaways in first 6 games in ’16)

Dallas Cowboys By The Numbers

  • Finished 13-3, won NFC East in ’16 (4-12 in ’15)…Scored 421 points in ‘16 (275 points in ’15)
  • Totaled 49 offensive TD in ’16 (24 rushing, 25 passing); 24 total offensive TD in ’15
  • WR Dez Bryant: Including playoffs, has 43 receptions for 646 yards and 8 TD, 1 TD pass in last nine games (16 receptions, 282 yards, 2 TD in his first five games in ’16)
  • QB Dak Prescott: Including playoffs, 26 TD passes, 9 turnovers (5 INT, 4 lost fumbles) in 17 games in ’16; 16 TD passes, 24 turnovers (22 INT, 2 lost fumbles) by Cowboys’ QBs (4) in ’15
  • Committed only 15 turnovers in ’16 (33 turnovers in ’15, tied for most in NFL)
  • Won seven-straight regular season home games

Things To Look For

We already knew that Ezekiel Elliott would be available for the defending NFC East champions. And we have also been alerted to the fact that Giants’ wideout Odell Beckham Jr. made the trip to Dallas.

This will once again come down to the Cowboys’ talented offensive line and their ability to get the best of the New York defense. It didn’t work out at all in 2016.

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