Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants: What to watch for

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Odell Beckham Jr.'s chances of playing Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys look increasingly unlikely and slim-to-none. The Cowboys lead the all-time match up convincingly, 62-46-2.

In the Sports Illustrated projections, the Dallas Cowboys will finish with a 10-6 record, which should be good enough for second place in the division. Before that Dallas reeled off five consecutive victories over the Giants. "It's been two weeks, so I'm itching, I'm itching, but just patience and trusting". Even if Beckham Jr. does play, he'll be limited due to his injured ankle and his ability to cut on a dime is the strength of his game. The Giants are trying to win their fourth consecutive against the Cowboys after sweeping the NFC East champions a year ago.

Beckham, who has not practiced since sustaining an ankle sprain against the Cleveland Browns in late August, made the trip with his teammates to Dallas on Saturday, but there was little hope he'd be able to take the field. With notable additions like veteran receiver Brandon Marshall and first-round pick Evan Engram, offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was asked what gives him optimism that this is a better offense as the opener is just three days away. Paul Perkins enters the season as the starter, but will need to play better than he did in his rookie season to hold onto his job.

The best Giants teams have been built around defense, and a year ago they found their swagger on the defensive end once again on their way to an 11-5 record and a wild card berth.




But the availability of Ezekiel Elliott, along with the momentum it brings the Cowboys may be just too much to overcome.

"I think a lot of the cumulative reps that we've had", he said. With the offense scoring in bunches and controlling the clock, the Dallas D quietly ended up fifth in the National Football League in scoring defense with a bend-but-don't break approach.

After losing both games last season to the Giants, expect a solid outing from the Cowboys as well.

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