Giants at Cowboys summary: score, goals, highlights | NFL week 5
Cowboys take action to improve defense with Jaylon Smith’s release
This week, the Cowboys took out linebacker Jaylon Smith. Now it’s up to the younger LBs, Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox with veterans Leighton Vander Esch and Keanu Neal, to keep the giants at bay.
Dallas’ defense has been sharp this season, a big change from the 2020-21 season. But … the Giants have TEs Evan engram and Kyle Rodolphe as well as RB Saquon Barkley, and the Dallas defense showed some weaknesses in TE and RB coverage. With these three, the Cowboys will have to prepare for an explosive attack in defense. Neal returns right after a positive Covid test, so he won’t be in great shape. Vander Esch has the tools to do it, but let’s see if he can stay consistent. Then there’s Parsons, who struggled in Week 1 against Bucs WR Rob Gronkowski, allowing him 90 yards and two touchdowns. The rookies will have to step up tonight against the Giants.
Corn we know Jason Garrett’s offensive ploys too good now and certainly, the Cowboys too. He will protect his precious QB and give him quick passes. However, he threw a curveball last week when the Giants claimed their first victory over the Saints. He may be looking to create some traffic in the middle to keep the Cowboys linebackers on their toes and move the ball more aggressively across the court. The Cowboys’ weakness is his safeties that don’t help linebackers, which could be why we’ve seen Smith come out.