Cowboys set for primetime NFC East slugfest

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

The Dallas Cowboys (31.2 points per game) led the NFL in scoring offense last season. However, they let No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper go in the offseason and lost Dak Prescott to a hand injury in this year’s season opener.

Tonight, Dallas will play on the road, and in the division, for the first time this season as they face the New York Giants (ESPN, 7:15; ManningCast on ESPN2, 7:15).

The Cowboys (1-1) didn’t score more than 20 points in either of their first two games – Prescott played more of the opener and Cooper Rush played the second game. The oddsmakers aren’t expecting a shootout as the over-under for Monday’s game was at 39.5 – the lowest since the Cowboys-Giants game total was listed at 38 on Dec. 30, 2018. The Cowboys won, 36-35.

After two games, Dallas (11.5 points per game) ranks 31st of the NFL’s 32 teams in scoring.

If the Cowboys are looking for Rush to air it out to be successful against the Giants (2-0), they aren’t saying so.

“It will start with us running and stopping the run,” Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said.

Dallas would like to get Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard going.

Through two weeks, Elliott has 105 yards on the ground, while Pollard has picked up 51.

It’s possible the Cowboys could get some help on offense in the form of wide receiver Michael Gallup.

Gallup, who practiced in full all week, has been out since he tore his ACL in Week 17 last season.

“We’ve incorporated him in a bunch more competitive (practice) periods,” fellow wide receiver CeeDee Lamb told the media. “It’s good to see him out there competing again. He’s been wanting to be back out there … Just having him back in the offense, it feels right. It feels normal and I’m happy for him.”

The Cowboys need a victory to avoid falling two games behind both the Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) and the Giants. Dallas has won four of its past five meetings with the Giants.

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