It’s Giants at Cowboys week! You understand what meaning. Effectively, sure, cheerleader photos. Extra to the purpose, although, it means a ‘5 questions’ section with Dave Halprin of Running a blog The Boys. Dave and I’ve been swapping these questions since 2007. Let’s get to this version and see the place it goes.
Ed: At 3-1, are Dallas followers already starting to style a division title?
Dave: I feel it’s honest to say that Cowboys followers are feeling considerably assured the crew can win the NFC East this 12 months (normal disclaimer: it’s early, and something can occur within the NFL). The Cowboys as a crew are definitely enjoying higher than they had been final 12 months, even when Dak Prescott was wholesome. The turnaround within the protection is likely one of the major components giving the followers confidence that this 12 months will be totally different. Additionally, with the Washington Soccer Staff having so many issues and their protection enjoying nothing prefer it did final 12 months, they don’t appear as formidable as they did coming into the season. It feels just like the Giants and the Eagles are nonetheless discovering their means in competing for the NFC East, so by default, and by the very fact the Cowboys are enjoying so effectively proper now, the NFC East appears in attain.
Ed: From the skin trying in, do you assume the Giants are nearer to the crew that began 0-3 or the crew that went into New Orleans and received with a wonderful offensive efficiency final week?
Dave: This one is hard as a result of the Saints have been all around the map as a crew this 12 months. They crushed the Packers, an excellent crew, however then acquired blown out by the Panthers, one other good crew. They rebounded in opposition to a struggling Pats crew, then misplaced in time beyond regulation at house to the Giants. So it’s actually exhausting to get a deal with on simply who the Saints are with out Drew Brees this season. I assume I must see the Giants knock off a couple of extra groups to assume that they’re extra the Week 4 Giants than the Week 1-3 Giants. They’ve that chance this week in opposition to the Cowboys, so if they’ll win contained in the division and get to 2-3, then there’s sufficient proof to imagine a turnaround may be taking place. For now, although, I can’t muster up the boldness to say they’ve turned a nook. They should do extra within the constructive course first.
Ed: You’ll be able to take one participant off the Giants’ roster and put him within the Dallas lineup. Who’s it going to be? Why?
Dave: I acknowledge the expertise of Saquon Barkley, however the Cowboys working sport is doing simply fantastic. Leonard Williams is an intriguing possibility alongside the defensive position, however the Cowboys appear to have discovered some gamers there. So give me nook James Bradberry. The Cowboys have a stud outdoors nook in Trevon Diggs, however the remainder of the cornerbacks are common, at finest. If Dallas may pair Diggs with Bradberry, the protection would get an enormous enhance. I get that Bradberry’s 2021 season hasn’t been as sturdy as final 12 months, however given his historic knowledge, I’m taking him.
Ed: Micah Parsons is a man we cherished within the draft course of and thought the Giants may choose. They moved down and took Kadarius Toney as a substitute. Parsons is drawing rave opinions. How good is the child?
Dave: It’s solely a four-game pattern, however Parsons has been phenomenal. I imply, he actually has been that good, not simply rookie good, however stud veteran type of good. The Cowboys use him as a linebacker, however due to harm they’ve additionally used hima s a defensive finish. He’s simply excelled. His bodily items are distinctive. His go off the road, his agility in working the cross rush, his closing velocity and his certain tackling have all added as much as a distinction maker on the Cowboys protection. It’s exhausting to elucidate how excited Cowboys followers are about Parsons. The fanbase needed a cornerback within the first spherical of the draft, and there was palpable disappointment when Parsons was picked. Not. Dallas acquired a stud who is just going to get higher as he learns the nuances of the NFL sport and refines his cross rush data and strikes.
Ed: The Giants win if what occurs? The Cowboys win if what occurs?
Dave: The Giants win this sport in the event that they win the turnover margin by two or extra. The Cowboys protection has been very opportunistic thus far this season with Trevon Diggs main the best way with 5 interceptions. The offense has been superb about not turning the ball over. The Cowboys offense goes to attain except they frequently flip the ball over, so preserving their factors complete decrease whereas offering the Giants offense with a couple of additional alternatives might be one of the best ways to tug off a win for the guests. The Cowboys win if their offensive line performs prefer it has been. The Cowboys can run the ball with one of the best of groups, and that units them up for every part else. So long as the Cowboys offensive line retains opening large holes, then the working backs will feed and Dak Prescott may have alternatives within the passing sport when he needs them.