NFL Sunday Week 17 : New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction and Analysis

Published 01/01/2021, 7:30 PM EST
Dec 8, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) celebrates with quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020 NFL regular season is drawing to a close this weekend. NFC East big boys Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants will face-off in a winner takes all clash on Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in the Big Apple.

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The NFC East crown is up for grabs and head coach Mike McCarthy will hope to seal a win and secure a spot in the playoffs after a dismal 2020 outing.  Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 17 Game Day predictions.

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All eyes on Joe Judge’s New York Giants in Week 17

The New York Giants are currently on a 5-10 record heading into Week 17 of the season. Coach Joe Judge has overseen some strong displays this season. But the Giants are winless in their last three outings and are desperate for a victory to make the post-season. It’s a make-or-break game for young quarterback Daniel Jones.

The Giants have done considerably well in the absence of their star RB Saquon Barkley. But with the rest of their season on the line, Judge’s boys will need an all-round display to defeat the in-form Cowboys this weekend.

Will the Dallas Cowboys make it to the playoffs this season?

Dallas Cowboys are on a three-game winning streak heading into their final game of the regular season. They will need all their star names to come through when it matters the most. Backup QB Andy Dalton will be in the limelight as he continues to somehow push the Cowboys to the playoffs. But he will need the likes of CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup to step up and lead from the front.

Coach McCarthy knows the fate of his team lies in their own hands as the season draws to a near. With Dak Prescott out for the remainder of the season, the Cowboys will be considered ‘underdogs’ if they do win the NFC East and arrive in the playoffs.

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NFL Preview: New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys Team Updates

New York – Out

FB Eli Penny – Illness

Questionable

WR Golden Tate – Calf

Doubtful

LB Cam Brown – Illness

Dallas – Out

DL Leighton Vander Esch – Ankle

CB Rashard Robinson – Knee

Giants vs Cowboys Prediction

New York Giants 23 – 25 Dallas Cowboys

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Nov 22, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson (94) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Despite their struggles in 2020, the Cowboys should be able to see the Giants off in this blockbuster clash, but only just. On paper, they remain a strong team and could potentially face off against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Playoffs.

Of course, Joe Judge’s team have proven on more than one occasion that they’re capable of pulling off an upset. But the Cowboys beat the Giants in Week 5 earlier this season and will look to finish the job on Sunday. Regardless, you can’t afford to miss out this one.

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