Good afternoon New York Giants fans, and welcome to Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season.
It’s also worth noting that this week’s schedule has already been upset. The games between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, and the game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, have been postponed due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests.
Since the Giants won’t be playing in this week’s early game, we wanted to give you a viewing guide for some this week’s 1 p.m. games of interest.
Dallas Cowboys (1-2) vs. Cleveland Browns (2-1)
FOX - 1 p.m.
The Cowboys are still the favorites to win the NFC East, but are battling to get above a .500 record following close games against the Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, and Rams. Dallas is hoping to have OT Tyron Smith and CB Trevon Diggs (who are both listed as questionable) available to deal with EDGE and Myles Garrett and WR Odell Beckham Jr.
The Browns, meanwhile are the third team in a crowded AFC North, but while they have their work cut out for them keeping up with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, they are still in the running. The Browns have their own health concerns as CB Greedy Williams is out this week and OL Joel Bitonio is listed as questionable.
This could already be a big game for both teams’ post-season aspirations, and will be a matchup between teams with big strengths as well as some glaring weaknesses
CBS - 1 p.m.
While the Dallas-Cleveland game might be a close, hard fought affair, this game promises to be significantly more lopsided. The Ravens are one of the most thoroughly talented teams in the NFL and feature unique schemes which many teams are not well equipped to handle.
That being said, it’ll be interesting to see how Baltimore responds to their week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Likewise, Giants fans will also want to pay attention to see how Washington’s talented defensive front matches up against Baltimore’s offense.
Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals
FOX - 1 p.m.
It didn’t take long for Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins to become the dynamic combination everyone thought they could be when Arizona acquired Hopkins from the Houston Texans. Murray exploded on the scene last year and has only elevated his game in his second season. The sophomore quarterback is an electric player who can gash defenses with his legs as well as through the air, and the addition of a receiver like Hopkins only helps him to play up to his potential.
And much to the chagrin of skeptics, Kliff Kingsbury has adapted remarkably well to life in the NFL. Like Baltimore, he fields a unique offense tailored to his quarterback’s unique skillset and the NFL is struggling to adapt.
Interestingly, Carolina might be the team best equipped to deal with Kingsbury’s offense. Head coach Matt Rhule and DC Phil Snow have been coaching against this style of offense, and Kingsbury in particular, since they were hired by Baylor in 2016 and began coaching against division rival Texas Tech.
The matchup favors Arizona, but Rhule and Snow could give the rest of the NFL a blueprint to deal with Kingsbury and Murray.