The Dallas secondary has them with the 5th ranked passing defense after two games. This comes after facing Tom Brady’s Buccaneers and Joe Burrow’s Bengals. Though it is early in the season that still has to account for something. Especially so with Pro Bowl cornerback Trevon Diggs and veteran Anthony Brown keeping game-breaking receivers under control.
Bottling Up the Competition
Thus far they only have allowed a touchdown each with no opposing receiver surpassing 71 yards. Throwing away from those two won’t exactly be easy for nickel cornerback Jourdain Lewis is also doing a solid job keeping completions at 70%. If they can bottle up Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, Jamar Chase, and Tee Higgins, then it is to be expected for them to be able to contain the Giant’s receiving corp.
Yet, what is in the Giant’s favor is that the Cowboys can’t really know what to expect. The Giants have new receivers and offensive scheme. Even Giant’s faithful do not have that much of a clue on how they will be utilized week in and week out. Their only experience with Kadarius Toney is that he took them for 189 yards in the one game he faced them.
Their defensive scheme seems to protect safeties, Jayron Kearse (who is questionable), and Donovan Wilson as they would be the obvious players for opposing offenses to target yet Dallas safeties have only been targeted 15% of the time. Veteran and former first-round pick Malik Hooker will likely fill in for Kearse if he can’t suit up.
They are a tall group 6’4, 6’0, and 6’2 respectively which could help them against New York’s smaller receivers if deep routes even have the time to develop. Dallas has already accounted for 8 sacks, 6 hurries, and 20 pressures in two games and will likely release Micah Parsons (4 sacks) on rookie Evan Neal as Carolina did with Brian Burns.