Daniel Jones’ legs could be key to Giants beating Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas – A possible equalizer for the Giants on Sunday against the Cowboys? Daniel Jones’s legs.

Jones leads all NFL players who have 25 or more carries averaging 7.0 yards per run attempt. It’s not so much the amount of points Jones has in a game, but the quality, when it comes to finding first tries on designed quarterback runs or improvised runs when all the pass options are gone. .

Jones has converted two successful two-point conversions this season, the first against the Falcons when he passed Grady Jarrett by 305 pounds on a designed run, and the second last week in New Orleans on something quite different fact: an improvised game.

“He just found the way,” tight end Evan Engram told The Post. “That’s what he does, he finds a way.

The Giants had moved closer to 21-16 and went for two. The play appeal was designed for Engram.

“Kind of like a concept of friction, we do it all the time, the teams know it’s happening, so it kind of worked for us,” Engram said. “Their defense took that. He was ready to throw it and he just found a way to get in. He just made it possible. ”

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, as a rookie in 2016, lost his first two starts to the Giants. Since then he’s been 7-0 against them, with 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Of his 17 career touchdown passes against the Giants, 12 are for 20 yards or more. … The Cowboys have forced two or more turnovers in eight straight games, dating back to last season, the NFL’s longest active streak.

Thomas McGaughey couldn’t believe it. Graham Gano had scored 37 straight goals, dating back to 2020, and the Giants’ special teams coordinator was in disbelief when the kicker missed 35 yards last week in New Orleans.

“It’s like, ‘Really, Graham? “Said McGaughey.” You know? I didn’t expect him to miss this one, but it happened. He came right out of the field and said, “Well, we have to start another one. ” It’s like that. He’s got to start another streak, and he’s a pro, he’ll move on, and that’s a little thing for a giant.

Ben McAdoo is a consultant with the Cowboys. McAdoo, the Giants’ offensive coordinator under Tom Coughlin in 2014 and 2015, was named head coach in 2016, was 11-5 and made the playoffs in his first year, but failed. to come out of his second season before being fired. . McAdoo was the Jaguars quarterbacks coach in 2020. The move to the Cowboys reunited McAdoo with Mike McCarthy, the Cowboys head coach. McCarthy, as the Packers’ head coach in 2006, gave McAdoo a big shot by hiring him as the tight ends coach at Green Bay.

RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) is listed as questionable but is expected to play for Dallas. If he does, this game features two of the best running backs in the league.

“It’s not like you’re just going against Ezekiel Elliott,” Saquon Barkley said, “but as competitors you tend to look a bit more when you go up against a guy like that and see what he does. , and it helps motivate you and wants to push you to do a little better.

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