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2022 Cowboys Season Preview: Weeks 3/12 vs New York Giants

The Cowboys will play their first divisional game in Week 3 against the . Dallas' first matchup against the Giants is on the road, while the second is at home on .

Last season, the Cowboys swept the Giants for the fourth time in five seasons. Quarterback Dak Prescott has only lost to New York twice, with both losses coming in his 2016 rookie campaign. Dallas will play the Giants on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1992, a 30-3 win for the Cowboys.

Returning or New York at quarterback is fourth-year starter, . The sixth overall pick in the 2019 , Jones has failed to impress so far. Last season, he threw for 2,428 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions, the former two being career-lows.

However, Jones completed a career-high 64.3 percent of his passes, adding two rushing touchdowns as well.

Running back Saquon Barkley played 13 games in 2021, rushing for 593 yards and two touchdowns. He rolled his ankle against the Cowboys in a Week 5 matchup last season and missed games due to . At his best, Barkley is one of the most talented running backs in the league but has been set back by .

The Giants return a trio of Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney in 2022. Golladay failed to record a receiving touchdown last season and will have the highest cap hit of any receiver this season ($21.1M).

Toney played in 10 games last season, also failing to score a touchdown. Shepard was the only one of the three to score, recording one touchdown last season.

After losing Evan Engram to the Jacksonville Jaguars in , Ricky Seals-Jones is expected to be the Giants' starting . He spent last season with the Washington Football Team (now Commanders), catching 30 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns.

New York's offensive line upgraded this . The Giants drafted Alabama seventh overall in the 2021 NFL Draft to pair with Andrew Thomas and signed Mark Glowinski from the in free agency.

New York also signed Jon Feliciano after the released him. Another rookie, third-round selection, Joshua Ezeudu, is expected to start at left .

The Giants' is led by interior , who recorded 6.5 last season. New York will line up a young duo of Azeez Ojulari and rookie at . Ojulari recorded eight sacks last season, while Thibodeaux was the fifth overall pick in the 2021 draft out of Oregon.

After spending most of last season with a torn ACL, linebacker Blake Martinez returns. He'll line up alongside Tae Crowder, who recorded 130 tackles last season.

is coming off a breakout year in 2021, recording 10 passes defended and five interceptions. Julian Love will be New York's other starting safety, recording a career-high seven passes defended last season.

After releasing cornerback , Adoree' Jackson will be the Giants' No. 1 cornerback. He recorded 62 tackles, six passes defended and one interception last season. Rodarius Williams, Darnay Holmes and rookie Cordale Flott will battle for New York's other starting cornerback spot.

replaces Joe Judge as the Giants' . He was the Bills' from 2018-21, winning of the Year in 2020. As a New England Patriots assistant from 2000-06 and 2013-16, he won five Super Bowls and a national championship as Alabama's offensive coordinator in 2017.

The Cowboys will play the Giants during Week 3 on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7:15 p.m. CT on on ESPN. Their Thanksgiving matchup will take place at 3:30 p.m. CT that day on Fox.

Nick Coppola
Nick Coppola
Student at the University of Oklahoma. Reporter for OU Daily. Junior Writer for Inside The Star. Contributor for Guns Up Nation.

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