This isn’t difficult. The Giants boast the NFL’s fourth-best dashing assault (157.2 yards per sport). And their offensive line and receiving corps are decimated by accidents. The Cowboys’ Achilles heel is their run protection, seventh worst within the NFL (136.1 yards per sport). That features 240 for the Bears in Week 8 and 207 for the Packers in Week 10. The Giants’ solely likelihood on Thanksgiving Day is to make use of each Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley as runners to manage the tempo of the sport.
The Cowboys are the one NFL group that also has not allowed a primary quarter landing this season. Opponents’ 18 first quarter factors this season are the fewest within the league. The Giants are notoriously gradual starters on offense, with solely 36 first quarter factors this season. They’re additionally coming off a three-turnover loss to the Detroit Lions. And the Cowboys have a plus-7 turnover differential on the season in comparison with the Giants’ plus-1. Scoring early, and defending the ball, are crucial. The Giants’ margin for error is razor skinny.
The one strategy to defend Wink Martindale’s banged-up secondary is to strain Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. Which means they want a dramatic enchancment from Sunday’s loss to the Lions after they pressured Detroit QB Jared Goff on solely three of his 26 dropbacks. Now’s the time for rookie edge Kayvon Thibodeaux to make his presence felt on the large stage when the Giants want him most. He hasn’t made an influence lately.