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Cowboys vs. Giants: Saquon Barkley Dallas Cowboys Jourdan Lewis Jersey , Odell Beckham Jr. present unique challenges for Dallas defense The Cowboys got off to a rocky start, falling to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers by a score of 16-8 to start the 2018 campaign. While the defense played mostly well in week one, Newton and offensive coordinator Norv Turner were able to find ways to hurt Dallas — specifically with the read-option and designed quarterback runs.Dallas lost contain on Newton, something that you certainly do not want to do against one of the more dangerous players across the league. Sean Lee and Co. often lost track of where the ball was, allowing Cam to get to the outside and pick up crucial yardage to keep drives alive. Then there was Christian McCaffrey, who accounted for 95 yards on 16 touches, though the second-year back lost a fumble deep in Cowboys territory.This week, the Cowboys encounter another difficult challenge: game-planning to stop one of the most dynamic players in the National Football League and a rookie running back with a unique skill-set designed to hurt defenses in more than one facet of the game.What does the Giants’ offensive personnel look like as the G-Men come to Dallas for a week-two clash in AT&T Stadium?The QuarterbackVincent Carchietta-USA TODAY SportsDallas opened the season against a quarterback that can hurt them with his strong arm and dual-threat ability, as Cam Newton hurt the Cowboys more often than not with his feet. This week, though, the Cowboys do not really have to prepare to defend the quarterback run with Eli Manning in town.Many assumed that with a new regime in charge the Giants would look for Manning’s predecessor early in the draft. It turns out that Pat Shurmur and Co. have decided to roll with Eli, as the team waited until the fourth round to select a signal-caller.A season ago, Manning threw for 3,468 yards on a 61.6% completion percentage to go with a 19-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio during a Giants season that saw numerous injuries, controversy, and a head-coaching change take place. Through one week in 2018, the veteran signal caller has stats of 224 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception, and a 62.2% completion percentage. The Cowboys limited Manning to 448 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions Womens Michael Gallup Jersey , and a 3.96 AY/A in two games last season.New York added offensive tackle Nate Solder from the Patriots, selected Will Hernandez in the second round of the draft, and moved former first-round bust Ereck Flowers from the left side of the line to right tackle in an effort to give their longtime face of the franchise more protection to get the ball to their plethora of weapons.The WeaponsBrad Penner-USA TODAY SportsFor all of the question marks surrounding the Giants, the talent at the skill positions in New York is not one of them. Featuring a wide receivers corps that includes one of the elite at his position, defenses have their hands full when defending the G-Men.The Giants passed on a quarterback class that featured the likes of Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen, and instead selected one of the elite running back prospects to enter the NFL Draft in quite some time in Saquon Barkley out of Penn State. Barkley, 6-foot and 233-pounds, had one of the more impressive combine performances recorded, posting these eye-opening numbers:The former Penn State Nittany Lions star made his official NFL debut against a tough Jaguars defense last Sunday, carrying the rock 18 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. Most of the rookie’s yardage came on this explosive score:Barkley potentially gives the Giants an extra dimension to their offense to keep defenses honest. Containing Barkley from bouncing to the outside is critical, as the second overall selection is dangerous when he sees daylight.Elsewhere on the offensive side of the ball, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram are waiting to make secondaries look foolish as the trio is among the best at getting open and making their opposition pay. We all know what OBJ can do. The former LSU Tigers star is among the best at his position across the league and has made quite a few plays against the Cowboys, averaging five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in his meetings versus America’s Team. After missing both meetings last season, he will be surely be hungry to make a statement on Sunday Night Football. Shepard, meanwhile, isn’t so bad himself. The Oklahoma Sooners product has totaled 15 catches, 142 yards, and a touchdown in four games versus the Cowboys in his young career.Engram is a unique talent at the tight end position. The 2017 first-rounder is almost a wide receiver playing tight end as he glides down the field. Engram recorded 64 catches for 722 yards and six touchdowns while averaging over 11 yards per reception during his debut season in the NFL. The Jags gave up two catches for 18 yards on five targets in week one.One of the reasons why the Cowboys opted to bring in Kris Richard was to help their young, revamped secondary take this next step as this defense develops together. Well Demarcus Lawrence Jersey , Richard certainly has a challenge on his hands in preparing his guys for this group of weapons.The Big UgliesNew York added some new pieces to its offensive line in Nate Solder and rookie Will Hernandez, but questions still remain concerning the G-Men’s front five. The biggest concern for Giants fan has to be Ereck Flowers. The ninth overall pick of the 2015 draft has done anything but live up to his draft slot.In an effort to perhaps revive Flowers’ career, the Giants moved him to right tackle. Surely things would improve — even a tad — right? Yeah, about that …Solder was protecting Tom Brady’s blindside a season ago, so the Giants are banking on him to be a reliable wall of protection for Eli Manning; however, the free agent acquisition appeared to have struggled in his first game with his new team. How much does that have to do with Solder and how much does that have to do with the Jaguars defense?Will Hernandez is a lineman that many Cowboys fans had on their short list of prospects that they wanted Dallas to look at it due to the need at offensive guard. The UTEP native has the potential to grow into a quality interior offensive lineman, but he — like Connor Williams, for instance — is still adjusting to and learning the NFL game. While the Giants have made some moves to improve its offensive line, they are still a weakness to exploit. When you add that to the fact that DeMarcus Lawrence is coming off an impressive outing against the Panthers, Taco Charlton showed signs of life, Maliek Collins recorded a sack, you should have a defensive line that is hungry to get out there on Sunday evening in prime time.Stat to Know: 48.72% Red Zone TD PercentageThe Giants converted less than half (48.7%) of their red zone opportunities into touchdowns in 2017, which amounted to 26th across the entire league last season. If the Giants are able to hit big plays to get inside the 20, it will be critical for this defense to make a stand — either by forcing a turnover (like the McCaffrey fumble last week) or holding New York to a field goal attempt.Bottom Line:The bottom line is that the Cowboys’ defense should dominate the line of scrimmage. If the Cowboys are successful in making the most of their advantage in the trenches, the Giants will become one-dimensional and rely on Eli to make things happen. Getting after Manning and forcing quick throws is crucial, as we all know it is pretty difficult to cover OBJ and Co. for more than a few seconds. This is the path the Cowboys need to take in order to get their first win of the 2018 season. LOS ANGELES (AP) — With 1 yard between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas end zone on fourth down midway through in the fourth quarter, Sean McVay decided to go straight ahead.No clever plays for this high-flying offense. No elaborate schemes from their inventive coach.C.J. Anderson ran directly into the left side while his line cleared a path. He tumbled into the end zone with 7:16 left for the Rams’ final points in their first playoff victory in 14 years, 30-22 over the Cowboys on Saturday night in the divisional round.Article continues below …“We always talk about attacking success, never fearing failure,” McVay said of his reasoning behind the simple call. “We wanted to come out here and try to play fearless tonight.”Los Angeles’ ground game is something to be feared after racking up a franchise playoff-record 273 yards rushing from the opening drive to Anderson’s final first-down run.Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Todd Gurley ran for 115 more yards and another TD to send the second-seeded Rams (14-3) to the NFC championship game for the first time in 17 years.That’s also the most ever allowed in the postseason by the five-time Super Bowl champion Cowboys, who were playing in their NFL-record 63rd postseason game.“Feels great Womens Dak Prescott Jersey , just running the ball the way we did,” quarterback Jared Goff said after his first career playoff victory. “Two 100-yard rushers, that’s rare, and it starts with those five guys up front.”Next weekend, the Rams will face the winner of the other divisional playoff game in New Orleans between the top-seeded Saints and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.The long-struggling Rams had won only one postseason game since their last trip to the Super Bowl in February 2002, but the 32-year-old McVay has added his first playoff victory to his spectacular two-season franchise turnaround . Los Angeles is one win away from another Super Bowl trip after McVay largely stuck to old-time football basics with his unlikely running back tandem and an offensive line determined to assert its superiority.With the Rams’ veteran offensive line cutting holes in the Cowboys’ defense, Gurley and Anderson became the fourth set of teammates in NFL history to rush for 100 yards apiece in a postseason game, an improbable development just a few weeks ago. Gurley is the Rams’ offensive centerpiece and one of the NFL’s elite running backs , but Anderson is a well-traveled veteran playing only his third game with the Rams after signing last month when Gurley was struggling with a knee injury.“It’s scary,” Anderson said of his new partnership with Gurley. “We’ve got two different styles, and we can keep teams off balance. … Playing on the field with Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott, I’m just trying to make my statement and make my stamp in this game, too.”The Cowboys (11-7), who largely shut down Seattle’s league-best rushing attack last week, hadn’t allowed two 100-yard rushers in a playoff game since the NFL-AFL merger. Los Angeles racked up more yards than the Cowboys had allowed on the ground all season.“We got beaten,” Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford said. “Like I said in (the locker room), it’s a scar that you’re going to wear for the rest of your life. You can either look at your scar and run from it, or you can look at your scar and remember it, and punch somebody in the face because of it. So hopefully our guys use this as ammunition for next year.”Elliott rushed for a TD and Amari Cooper caught an early TD pass for the Cowboys, who still haven’t won a playoff game on the road in 26 years. After winning the NFC East and beating Seattle last week, Dallas lost in the divisional playoff round for the sixth consecutive time and fell short of its first trip to the NFC championship game since January 1996.Dak Prescott passed for 266 yards and rushed for a TD with 2:11 to play , but the Cowboys couldn’t climb out after falling into a 23-7 hole midway through the third quarter. Elliott managed only 47 yards on 20 carries as Dallas lost for just the second time in its last 10 games.“They’re a physical football team Demarcus Lawrence Jersey White ,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said of the Rams. “There is a little bit of a misperception of how the Rams play offensive football with the run. They do an outstanding job.”Goff passed for 186 yards and spent much of the night handing off, but the gangly quarterback improbably scrambled 11 yards for a first down with 1:51 to play, essentially wrapping up his breakthrough win. It was also the first postseason victory for the anchor of that line, 37-year-old left tackle Andrew Whitworth, and veteran defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.Anderson and Gurley ran with equal verve while Dallas gave up 200 yards rushing in a playoff game for the first time since Eric Dickerson did it for the Rams in 1986. Anderson became the third Rams player with more than 100 yards and two rushing TDs in a game, joining Dickerson and Marshall Faulk.The Rams chewed up the ground and the clock on four lengthy scoring drives in the first half. Anderson reached the end zone seven minutes before halftime on a 1-yard plunge — and just 3 1/2 minutes later, Gurley broke through the middle and went 35 yards for his first career playoff touchdown , putting the Rams up 20-7 at halftime.Elliott scored on a 1-yard plunge and the Cowboys got a 2-point conversion to trim the Rams’ lead to 23-15 in the third quarter, but the Rams made a decisive 12-play, 65-yard drive in the fourth capped by Anderson’s bold 1-yard TD plunge on fourth down.JANUARY 12 IS A BIG DAYThree years to the day after the NFL approved the Rams’ return to Los Angeles, and two years to the day after McVay was hired, the franchise earned its first playoff victory since coming home from 21 years in St. Louis.THE MAIN EVENTA sellout crowd of 77,187 assembled in the cavernous Coliseum, and a significant portion of those fans cheered on America’s Team. The sideline was dotted with celebrities, and LeBron James hosted several Lakers teammates in a field suite behind the east end zone.INJURIESCowboys: WR Cole Beasley had one catch for 15 yards, and tight end Blake Jarwin had two catches for 17 yards. They both missed practice all week with ankle injuries.Rams: Gurley appeared a bit hesitant early in his first action in four weeks, but his knee seemed to hold up well. … CB Aqib Talib went to the locker room in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. He returned for the fourth quarter.UP NEXTCowboys: Season over.Rams: Either a trip to New Orleans or a visit from Philadelphia for the NFC championship game.