DALLAS - The Dallas Cowboys are heading into the final quarter of the NFL season and their playoff hopes are all on the line. The team must win all four of their remaining games to have an opportunity at the postseason. On top of this, there needs to be a few dominoes that fall in their favor as well. The team however, can only focus on what they need to do.
It starts this Sunday in New York with the Giants. The Cowboys have bested this team once already with a 19-3 victory on opening night. This time around the Cowboys aren’t facing a Ben McAdoo-led team, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo will be leading the charge for New York.
So which five players need a big game to make the Cowboys victorious over the Giants once again?
- It is no secret that Dak Prescott’s play has diminished without the presence of Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield. Over those four games the Cowboys have won only one game. Prescott has turned the ball over eight times with only two passing touchdowns. Both scores came in the victory over Washington.
- Prescott has yet to surpass 200 yards passing in the last four weeks. It isn’t necessarily a need for him to do so but they will likely need his help to be able to play to their strengths. The team is designed to run the ball to set up play action and Prescott needs to take advantage of the opportunities.
- Alfred Morris ran the ball for 127 yards in the Cowboys victory over Washington, that is the most for Morris since his 2014 campaign with Washington where the team they beat was Dallas. The team will once again need to lean on Morris in the running game.
- Can Morris deliver back to back 100-yard games? Well that is a feat Alfred hasn’t accomplished since 2013. Morris will need to dig deep to deliver for the Cowboys against New York. The Giants have given up over 100 yards rushing in all but one game this season.
- Bryant was able to put his name in the Dallas Cowboys record books with his 72nd career touchdown reception passing Bullet Bob Hayes for most all-time. What does Bryant have in store for an encore?
- The Cowboys star receiver hasn’t had much success against New York as of late with Janoris Jenkins shadowing him. This time around there is no Jenkins who is out with a season-ending injury. Bryant has an opportunity to eclipse 50 or more yards against New York, which hasn’t occurred since November of 2014.
- Lawrence is currently the NFL’s leading sack master with 13.5 sacks. He had cooled off in recent weeks until he faced a depleted offensive line in the Washington Redskins. Lawrence was able to get to Kirk Cousins twice and even caused a fumble.
- Round two against the Giants may mean he can add to his career high. Eli Manning was the recipient of 1.5 sacks on opening night. Should the Cowboys get out to a big lead such as they did the first time around in September, Lawrence may have plenty of chances to go quarterback hunting.
- Sean Lee has been the heart and soul of this defense for many years. The man many have called General Lee is expected to return on Sunday from the hamstring injury and indeed practiced for the first time this week. He definitely makes this defense go.
- One should expect that Lee will keep the opposing offense in check. In the last contest against New York earlier this year, Lee accumulated seven tackles and he will have his running mate Anthony Hitchens with him this time. The duo could make this offense look very one sided.
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