3 Keys To Victory – Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

    and the take on the tonight in the first divisional game of the season.

    The world was caving in on Dallas after its season-opening loss to the . A poor showing offensively that yielded just three points and a hand to had the fan base in meltdown.

    Cooper Rush was thrust into the starting role against the Bengals and did a superb job. Many did not give 's team a chance, but they managed a tough 20-17 win at home.

    Up next is the improved New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on . The Giants have won their games this season against the Titans and Panthers, mainly to . The has 236 rushing yards, getting just over six yards a carry.

    For Dallas, it is the first division match-up of the year, and they will be looking to improve on last week's performance against Cincinnati.

    But how do they do it?

    1. Stop the Giants' run game

    This feels like something that is said every week. In their two games, the Cowboys have allowed rushing totals of 152 (against the Buccaneers) and 89 (against the Bengals). For all the good and the does, stopping the run isn't one of them.


    Both teams are not outstanding at running the ball but are decent enough. Saquon Barkley is superb at running the football, and that will have to be the number one thing and his defense must stop tonight.

    Failure to do so will result in Barkley running wild in the Dallas , which rarely ends well.

    2. Rush & Co. to stay ahead of the chains

    Complementary football sounds easy enough in theory, and against the Bengals, Dallas did a reasonably good job of doing just that. and were serviceable on the ground, which was complemented by the receiver's making catches when called upon.

    The Giants allowed 146 rush yards last week against the Panthers, so when the run game is established early, they have trouble coming to terms with it. In terms of the , Dallas could have its work cut out as the Giants' defense has not allowed more than 266 in the first two games.

    Keeping Rush out of third-and-long situations is critical to Dallas' chances of winning this game, and it is something that will need to consider tonight.

    3. Let Parsons feast

    With four in the first two games, Micah Parsons has announced himself to the league as a star pass rusher if he hadn't already. The Giants' has allowed eight sacks in two games, compared to the Cowboys' makeshift line that has given up just three.

    Lining Parsons up outside to allow him to get pressure on Jones is imperative, either that or line him up in different spots consistently to keep the Giants' offensive line guessing. We have seen what kind of a game-wrecker he can be when given a chance to rush the consistently.

    Micah has not been alone, with , , , , and all making plays. Forcing the ball out of ' hands quickly will undoubtedly lead to turnovers, as we know that he isn't exactly the best thrower of the football.

    So, there you have it. Stop the run game, stay ahead of the chains and let Micah do his thing. Sounds simple enough, right?

    Adam Schultz
    Adam Schultz
    Hi my name is Adam. I am a freelance sports journalist and an avid Cowboys fan. I cover the league for Sportskeeda as an analyst and love to talk all things football here at Inside The Star. Follow me on Twitter @aschultz_15.


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    Cowboy Fan Ed

    This game comes down to coaching! If our coaches have Schemed correctly on both sides of the ball especially the offense we have the athletes to win! We can’t let CR try to make throws that he is not capable of making! He’s not bad on slants and even deep balls but wheel routes he scares me! We have to establish the running game which in turn will open up the passing game if we do that we should be OK on offense! On defense we have to be able to stop the run if we do that then MP and hopefully DL will be all over the QB ! Hope Rush keeps proving me wrong!! Go Cowboys!