Giants vs. Cowboys: time, how to watch, live stream, key matchups, pick for Thanksgiving game

For the second time in the history of their long and storied rivalry, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants will meet on Thanksgiving Day.

The last time this happened was in 1992, and the host team surely hopes to repeat that performance, which ended in a 30-3 Cowboys victory. Dallas is coming off a huge win over the Minnesota Vikings, an excellent comeback performance after their embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers the week before. Meanwhile, New York is coming off a loss to the Detroit Lions in a game in which the Giants lost more than just the score, with major contributors like Adoree ‘Jackson and Wan’Dale Robinson now out for extended periods due to injury. .

Dallas won the first meeting between these two teams earlier this season and thus enters the game with a lead in the standings despite having identical 7-3 records. The Cowboys won that game despite the absence of Dak Prescott, with the defense led by Micah Parsons and Demarcus Lawrence dominating for much of the night. Now that the Giants are the injury-challenged team on offense, the Cowboys seem well positioned for an encore.

So will Dallas keep up the good times or will the Giants get back on track? We will find out very soon. Before we break down the matchup, here’s how you can watch the game come Thanksgiving.

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Date: Thursday, November 24 | Weather: 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
TV: fox | Stream: fuboTV (try free)
To follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Cowboys -9.5, O/W 45.5 (courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook)

When the Giants have the ball

The Giants aren’t in great shape right now, injury-wise. Sterling Shepard was lost for the season during the first game between these two teams; Robinson missed the entire season during last week’s game; right tackle Evan Neal may or may not be ready to return from the injury that has kept him out of the past three games; and tight end Daniel Bellinger, center Jon Feliciano, guard Shane Lemieux and left tackle Andrew Thomas missed practice Tuesday due to injury or illness.

New York will likely field a wide receiver trio of Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins and Richie James against a Dallas secondary that has played at a very high level for most of the season. Trevon Diggs has only followed AJ Brown and Justin Jefferson so far this season, but he may follow Slayton in this contest simply because there is no one else who poses a real threat, so why not make sure Slayton doesn’t can face one of the weakest? corners, just in case?

The Giants don’t want to throw the ball as often anyway, as they are one of the most rushing teams in the NFL. And you probably want to attack Dallas on the ground instead of the air, even if the run defense isn’t necessarily as bad as its reputation. (The Cowboys rank 10th in defense-versus-run DVOA on Football Outsiders.)

The problem is that the Giants are dealing with a ton of injuries early on, and the heavy workload of the early season seems to be taking its toll on Saquon Barkley, who has been much less efficient in recent weeks than he was at the beginning of the year. He is coming off his worst game of the season, carrying 15 for 22 yards against a dismal Lions defense that ranks 31st in rushing yards allowed and 30th in yards per attempt. Barkley broke for at least 4.5 yards per carry in five of the Giants’ first seven games, but hasn’t since. Over the Giants’ last three games, he has just 227 yards on 70 totals (3.2 per carry) and has added just six receptions for 30 yards on 11 targets. In those first seven games, he had averaged nearly that many receiving yards per game (25.7).

The Cowboys are dealing with some minor injury issues to their best players along the defensive front (Parsons is injured and Demarcus Lawrence has an illness), but it seems likely that they at least have all their guys, and rotate enough to that it is not so It won’t be a big problem. That group dominated the first meeting between these two teams, and with New York’s offensive line in worse shape now than it was then, it looks like an even bigger mismatch this time around. Unless the Giants can spontaneously rediscover their running efficiency (something that might have to be done through Daniel Jones, rather than Barkley), it seems unlikely they’ll find much in the way of offensive success here.

When the cowboys have the ball

Dallas’ offense has been rolling in recent weeks, averaging 35.3 points per game since Dak Prescott’s return from his fractured thumb. They’ve hung at least 40 points on two of their four opponents, and have topped 420 total yards in each of their last three games.

Through the four-game span, Prescott ranks fifth in the NFL in EPA by relegation, according to TruMedia. He has competed 89 of 123 passes (72.4%) for 998 yards (8.1 per attempt), eight touchdowns and three interceptions, and has taken just five sacks on 132 return passes. He is spreading the ball to all of his receivers and has been off target on just 6.5% of his shots, according to TruMedia. If it weren’t for a trio of miscommunications with CeeDee Lamb on option routes against the Bears and Packers, we could be talking about how he’s played perfect football since his return.

Prescott has been impeccably protected since his return by an offensive line that plays at an extremely high level (25% rush rate). That group has also helped clear the way for Tony Pollard to absolutely explode in the last three games (464 total yards and six touchdowns on 61 touches, averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 13.8 yards per reception), a development so predictable that many observers have been predicting it for more than three years. Pollard is easily the Cowboys’ best running back right now, and the team would do well to lean on him, moving past Ezekiel Elliott, even as the latter becomes healthier down the season. However, Elliott still has a role to play the rest of the way, especially in close range and goal-line situations, where his size, strength and determination make him very effective.

However, Pollard’s ability to break big gains is much-needed in the context of an offense that doesn’t have a lot of speed outside of him and Lamb, pretty much the occasional widget game for returner KaVontae Turpin. Lamb walked away with eight receptions for 87 yards and a ridiculous one-handed touchdown the last time these two teams played, and he should have an easier time getting open this time around thanks to the absence of No. 1 cornerback Jackson. New York may also be without Fabian Moreau, which could open things up further and allow Michael Gallup and Noah Brown to make plays on the outside. New York has also struggled to contain passes to tight ends all season (30th in DVOA), which means Dalton Schultz should be able to eat in the lower zones.

In other words, even a healthy Giants team would likely have trouble stopping this version of the Dallas offense. In its current state, New York’s defense appears to be a bit overwhelmed by this.

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Prediction: Cowboys 30, Giants 13

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