The Dallas Cowboys have been a huge surprise this season, especially after losing starting QB Tony Romo in the preseason. Dak Prescott has stepped in and to say he has exceeded expectations would be a massive understatement. He has been accurate and more importantly has made good decisions and has for the most part not turned the ball over. It helps when you have hands down the best offensive line in the NFL, and the most explosive running game led by rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott.
The Giants have also been a surprise under first-year coach Ben Mcadoo. The Giants are led by QB Eli Manning who has played well most of the season even though he has had next to no running game and a weak offensive line. At 8-4 this is a huge game for the Giants playoff hopes, so I look for them to play at a high level against the Cowboys.
Cowboys TE Jason Witten vs. Giants S Landon Collins. The Giants have not been able to cover tight ends this year they have allowed 63 pass receptions for 793 yards and three touchdowns — the Giants have to find a way to keep Witten in check. Collins has become an emotional and physical leader for the Giants this year. He will probably be solo on Witten, with Dez Bryant looming as a vertical threat and the defense focused on stuffing Elliott.
Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Cowboys CB Anthony Brown. Brown has played well in recent matchups against top receivers. None were as good as Beckham, who has 75 catches for 1,015 yards and eight touchdowns this season. The Giants will try to get Beckham loose to spark their struggling offense.
The Giants cannot let the Cowboys control the game on the ground. They need to force Prescott to beat them with his arm. The most important part of this game may be the simple fact that the Giants need this win more than Dallas and they are playing at home. This will be a close hard fought game, and I am going to lean towards the Giants in an upset. Giants 24 Cowboys 20