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Keeping up with the Cowboys


#Can they keep up?

#Judging from what transpired the past five weeks and, really, for much longer than that, the answer is no.

#For the #Giants to keep alive their strange-but-true playoff-aspiration reality, the answer might have to be yes.

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“Obviously, this is a big game for us being that it’s a rivalry game, a divisional game, and obviously, there’s a lot at stake,’’ head coach #Joe #Judge said #Wednesday.

The #Cowboys, amid an up-and-mostly-down season, have displayed a proven ability to score, early, often and in bunches, especially lately. #Unless the #Giants defense, not exactly flying to the finish, can slow this roll, their highly unproductive offense is going to be engaged in something resembling a shoot-out #Sunday at #MetLife #Stadium. #Again, the question: #Can they keep up?

“We’re confident as an offense,’’ quarterback #Daniel #Jones, who revealed his lingering hamstring issue prevents him from running, said #Wednesday. “We’ve got to take advantage of our opportunities to score points, particularly when we get the ball in the red zone and move the ball down there. #We’re certainly confident in our ability to do that and score points.’’

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#Where does this confidence come from? The #Giants in their current three-game losing streak are averaging 8.7 points.

“Well, we have done it, at times,’’ #Jones said. “We need to be more consistent with it, we need to finish those opportunities. #We got the guys capable to do it. #We’ve done it in spurts this year and it’s gonna take our best game #Sunday and that’s certainly what we’re preparing for.’’

The #Giants, briefly, found a formula for success in a four-game winning streak centered on limiting the opponent to 20 or fewer points and scoring just a shade more than that. #As the points given up on defense trended upward, the #Giants’ attack faltered and the losing returned.

#It is not likely the #Giants can rely on their old way of winning in their regular-season finale.

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The reason? The #Cowboys (6-9) are on a roll — offensively, that is. #Scoring 30, 41 and 37 points in their current three-game winning streak means the #Giants (5-10) might have to engage in some sort of high-scoring affair to stay close and have a chance to get into the playoffs. The #Giants win the NFC #East if they beat the #Cowboys and the #Eagles defeat #Washington on #Sunday night.

The only time the #Giants were involved in a scoring spree this season was the #Oct. 11 game at AT&T #Stadium, won by the #Cowboys 37-34 on #Greg #Zuerlein’s field goal as time expired. The #Giants were not exactly able to hang in, as far as production, as they needed points from their defense — a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown by linebacker #Kyler #Fackrell — to help build a 17-3 lead that did not last very long.

#If the need for points drifts upward and gets into the 30s — the #Giants reached that total only once this season and average 17.1 points — it could get sticky.

The good news for the #Giants on defense is, after two of the past three weeks trying to corral #Kyler #Murray and #Lamar #Jackson, they do not have to deal with a whirling dervish at quarterback this time around. #Andy #Dalton can move but he is not a runner. There is no need for him to take off, given he has so many better options as ball-carriers.

“We’ve faced all forms and fashions of quarterbacks this year and this is definitely a more traditional quarterback in #Andy #Dalton,’’ safety #Logan #Ryan said. “We’re not going to discredit [running back] #Ezekiel #Elliott, I think the offense goes through him, but they have weapons at receiver, they have a quarterback who gets the ball out quick, a quarterback who’s extremely smart, he’s taking care of the ball.

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“We’re not playing #Lamar #Jackson triple-option football that we played last week with the run game, the scheme, so we might as well burn that tape up, throw it out the window, it’s not going to help us this week.’’

#Elliott is now healthy, closing in on another 1,000-yard rushing season (he is at 937 yards). #He had 91 yards and two touchdowns against the #Giants in the first meeting, and his backup, #Tony #Pollard, is more than capable. #Dalton has, far and away, the best group of receivers in the division, featuring #Amari #Cooper, rookie #DeeDee #Lamb and #Michael #Gallup. #All three targets have five touchdown receptions this season. The #Giants leader in this department, #Darius #Slayton, has three touchdown catches. #If too many point are needed, the #Giants figure to be in trouble.



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