In Week 12, the Giants (4-6) host the Dallas Cowboys (5-5) in a game that has huge implications for both squads.
The Cowboys won the Week 1 matchup 36-31 in Dallas, so the Giants would need this win to even the head-to-head matchups in case that factors into a playoff tiebreaker.
Here are some interesting Giants’ notes about this week’s opponent:
- Seven of the last nine meetings between the Giants and Cowboys have been decided by eight points or less – one score. The only exceptions were a 31-14 Giants’ win in 2011 and a 33-20 Giants’ win in 2010.
- The Giants’ defense gave up two first-half field goals to the Packers. It was the third time in four games (all wins) that the defense did not allow a first-half touchdown. The only exception was the game against the Raiders, when Jerrel Jernigan fumbled the opening kickoff and the Raiders went five yards for a touchdown. The defense has allowed only two touchdowns in the last 18 quarters.
- Over the last seven games, opposing starting running backs are averaging just 52.7 yards per game, 3.1 yards per carry and have only scored two touchdowns. That group includes the likes of LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson and Eddie Lacy.
Here are some Giants-Packers connections:
- Giants’ long snapper Zak DeOssie’s father Steve played the same position for the Cowboys from 1984-1988.
- Cowboys’ linebacker Kyle Bosworth spent the entire preseason with the Giants before being released as part of the team’s final roster cut.
- Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett spent four seasons (2000-2003) as a backup quarterback for the Giants.
- Victor Cruz had his fourth 100-plus-yard receiving game this season and 16th of his regular season career. The Giants are 8-8 in those games. The team is 29-26 under Tom Coughlin in games in which at least one receiver has 100 or more yards.
- In Week 1, Cruz (118), Hakeem Nicks (114) and Rueben Randle (101) all had over 100 yards receiving.
- Antrel Rolle intercepted his fourth pass of the season in the win over the Packers. That’s one shy of his career-high he set with the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. No other Giant has more than one pick this year.
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