Week three may bring a Cowboy passing attack that we don’t exactly recognize. First and foremost, Cooper Rush is no Dak Prescott, but Daniel Jones is no Joe Burrow whom the Cowboys held to 199 yards and a single TD. The Giants may need to shut down the Dallas passing back if theirs struggles.
Rush has been a Dallas backup since 2017 and has fared well in his scarce 94 attempts with a 60.6 completion rate and 94.4 ratings. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has had time to game plan around their new starting QB, and while the Giants defeated last year’s top seed from the AFC, the Cowboys just knocked off the AFC champions.
The offense under coordinator Kellen Moore has been pass-first by a 3:2 ratio, but it is much more balanced this year which most would assume has to do with Dak Prescott’s injury. Dallas will spread the ball around, but their centerpiece is 1st round pick, CeeDee Lamb, entering that pivotal third season for wide receivers.
Giants May Need to be More Concerned With Rush Defense Than Pass Rush
Michael Gallup is set to return this week from last year’s season-ending injury, but his workload will likely be limited. 2017 7th-round pick Noah Brown has been making the most of the opportunity and his chemistry with fellow backup Cooper Rush. He had a career day vs. Cincinnati (5/91/1). He is an unknown, and the hot hand who could continue to flourish now out of the shadow of all those high draft picks that were in front of him.
Tight End & Running Back
A lot has been expected from tight end Dalton Schultz, on the field and in the world of fantasy football. He might not be making those who drafted him swoon yet, but he is good for a half dozen targets a game. And if there is anything the Cowboys love to do it is to batter the middle of a Giant’s defense with their tight ends. The creative Kellen Moore will still be watching week one’s tape and will likely look to continue to exploit the Giant’s middle linebackers, despite Wink Martindale’s adjustments. The Cowboys will also likely try to find a way to counter how the Giants have been containing opponents’ running backs for they like to throw to Tony Pollard occasionally, and he has already had a 40-plus yard reception in this still very young season.
Kellen Moore will eventually be a head coach, baby face and all. He does what you would expect most coordinators to do, but most normally don’t succeed. He seeks out a weakness, and if he finds it, he will keep at it until you can stop it. The matchup to watch in this game is defensive coordinator Wink Martindale vs. Dallas OC Kellen Moore.
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