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Giants vs. Cowboys, Week 9: Big Blue View staff picks

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How do our writers see this one unfolding?

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How do your Big Blue View contributors see Monday’s New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys game working out? Not well for the Giants. Read on to find out why.

Chris Pflum

It’s hard to feel good about the Giants going into a match-up against a team which has already beat them 35-17.

The Giants are probably the healthiest they have been now that Sterling Shepard and Corey Ballentine are out of the concussion protocol. Daniel Jones will have more weapons with Golden Tate and Darius Slayton than Eli Manning had in week one. Likewise, the youngsters on defense are more comfortable than they were to start the season as well.

But will that be enough? Dallas is getting healthier than it has been on offense and the Cowboys have one of the best offenses in the NFL at their best. They also got a pair of defensive additions in EDGE Robert Quinn and DL Michael Bennett since the last time the Giants saw them. Considering the issues the Giants have had with pass protection, that should be a concern.

The Giants have a chance to win if they play a nearly flawless game and catch Dallas flat coming off of their bye week. But for the purposes of this pick, I can’t count on perfection or poor play from a division rival.

Pick: Cowboys 28, Giants 21
Season record: 6-2

Joe DeLeone

Yet again the Giants have a very unfavorable matchup because of the opposing team’s offense. The Dallas Cowboys are burning opposing defense to the tune of more than 400 yards per game. Considering how much the Giants young defense has performed against average offenses and quarterbacks, Dak Prescott will have no problem carving up the Giants secondary.

While I do believe this game can remain close for most of it, I do not have any faith in the secondary or defense to keep the Cowboys out of the end zone. The Giants will be out gunned on Monday night.

Pick: Cowboys 38, Giants 24
Season record: 6-2

Mark Schofield

This game comes at a difficult time for the Giants. The Cowboys are coming off a bye week, and are two weeks removed from a big divisional win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Making them rested and flying high. Dak Prescott is playing very well this season, and with the help of Kellen Moore he is atop many quarterback categories. Look for the Cowboys to win this one with relative ease.

Pick: Cowboys 28, Giants 13
Season record: 6-2

Matt Williamson

Leonard Williams should really galvanize the Giants defensive line and Dallas is unlikely to totally control the line of scrimmage, especially in the run game. But this Cowboys passing game should cause huge problems for the home team.

Pick: Dallas 30, Giants 20
Season record: 7-1

Emily Iannaconi

The Giants desperately need to snap their four-game losing streak, but I do not think the 4-3 Cowboys will let that happen. Dallas is coming off of a 27-point win over the Eagles and has much more at stake in this game between two NFC East rivals.

New York is a different team since it first faced off against Dallas in week one of the season. Now, rookie Daniel Jones will get the start, Saquon Barkley seems to be in full form and Golden Tate has made some impact plays since joining the team earlier this season. Jones did not give up an interception against the Lions last week for the first time since his first start at Tampa Bay, but it’s too soon to trust that he has solved all ball security issues. And if the Giants make mistakes and beat themselves against offensive powerhouse’s Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot, a win seems increasingly unlikely.

Pick: Cowboys 27, Giants 17
Season record: 2-1

Joseph Czikk

As much as I’d like to envision a game where Daniel Jones leads the underdog Giants to a slim win over Dallas, I don’t see it happening. Perhaps the most glaring stat is that the Cowboys own the NFL’s best offense, averaging 438 yards per game. Unfortunately, the Giants are the NFL’s fifth-worst defense, allowing 386 yards per game (it could be worse - the NFL-worst Bengals allow nearly 110 yards per quarter).

On the bright side, Jones will finally have all of Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Golden Tate on offense. That’s why I think it’s fair to see the Giants put three touchdowns on the board. The Cowboys, however, will be too strong for a still-growing New York defense, even with the addition of former New York Jet Leonard Williams.

Pick: Giants 21, Cowboys 30
Season record: 5-2

Ed Valentine

The Giants have lost four straight. The Cowboys lead the NFC East and are coming off a bye after pummeling the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7. Leonard Williams will help the Giants defense. Sterling Shepard will help the Giants offense. It won’t be enough.

Pick: Cowboys 30, Giants 17
Season record: 6-2