The Dallas Cowboys are resting a little easier this week, knowing they have a cushion in the race to win the NFC East. Beating the Washington Football Team in Week 14 gave them some breathing room, but the goals for the Cowboys are bigger than just winning the division.
Cementing their playoff spot, postseason seeding and getting the offense right are among the things the Cowboys need to work towards as they prepare for their Week 15 opponent. Another rival is on the schedule, the New York Giants, who Dallas thoroughly beat way back in Week 5.
On the surface, this looks like a game the Cowboys should win easily, the Giants aren’t very good, with the GM and possibly a coaching staff that won’t be back. Yet this game is rarely easy. The Giants have a lot of pride and they tend to show up for games against the NFC East teams. The Cowboys need to keep their focus and bring the same intensity they had last week.
Here are six things to know about the Giants ahead of the Week 15 game for the Cowboys.
They want revenge
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The season might be long gone for the Giants, but they seem to play well every few weeks, and especially against their division rivals. In Week 12, the Giants beat the streaking Philadelphia Eagles 13-7 at home, which ironically helped the Cowboys.
However, there is no love lost between these teams. In the first meeting, there were fireworks during the game, which led to Giants rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney throwing a punch at Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee, which prompted an ejection. According to the Giants, things escalated after the game.
New York contends that Dallas safety Jayron Kearse threw a punch at Giants tight end Evan Engram during the postgame handshakes. The Giants spoke after the game about not forgetting about it and vowed to handle it when the two teams met later in the season.
There has been no evidence the punch was thrown, and the NFL investigated the issue and found no punch, but the Giants continue to…