Nov 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) catches a pass for a first down as New York Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes (30) defends during the second half of the game between the Cowboys and the Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Giants-Cowboys most watched regular-season game in NFL history

The NFL said Friday that the Thanksgiving Day game between the host Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants set a regular-season viewership record.

The FOX broadcast averaged 42 million viewers, according to the league.

Dallas has played on Thanksgiving for 45 straight seasons and 55 times overall. This year was the first time since 1992 that it played its division rival from New York, the largest media market in the country, on the holiday. Both teams entered the game 7-3, adding to the interest.

The Cowboys beat the Giants 28-20.

The league said it also set a record for its Thanksgiving Day “total unduplicated audience” of 138 million.

The Buffalo Bills, one of the AFC’s best teams, beat the host Detroit Lions 28-25 on a late field goal in the early game. The host Minnesota Vikings topped the New England Patriots 33-26 in the nightcap.

The average viewership across the tripleheader was 33.5 million viewers per game.

The news comes as the NFL and Amazon plan to begin staging a single Black Friday game beginning in 2023.

–Field Level Media

Nov 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs for a touchdown  against the New York Giants during the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys outpace Giants to win NFC East showdown

Dak Prescott tossed two touchdown passes to Dalton Schultz and Ezekiel Elliott added a rushing score to help the Dallas Cowboys notch a 28-20 victory over the visiting New York Giants on Thursday at Arlington, Texas.

Prescott completed 21 of 30 passes for 261 yards and overcame two interceptions for Dallas (8-3), which moved into sole possession of second place in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) lead the division.

Peyton Hendershot added a rushing score to help the Cowboys defeat New York for the 11th time in the past 12 meetings. CeeDee Lamb caught six passes for 106 yards, Elliott rushed for 92 yards on 16 carries and Micah Parsons registered two sacks to raise his season total to 12.

Daniel Jones completed 21 of 35 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown for the Giants (7-4), who lost for the third time in four games. Saquon Barkley rushed for a touchdown but had just 52 scrimmage yards (39 rushing, 13 receiving).

The Cowboys outgained New York 430 to 300 while playing their 45th consecutive Thanksgiving Day home game.

Dallas received the ball to start the third quarter and moved 75 yards on 14 plays. Prescott concluded the march with a 15-yard scoring pass to Schultz to give the Cowboys a 14-13 lead with 7:21 left in the third quarter.

The Giants failed to convert on fourth-and-1 on their next drive when Barkley couldn’t handle a low pass from Jones.

Dallas took advantage of the short field with a six-play, 44-yard drive. Prescott and Schultz again hooked up, this time for a 6-yard touchdown, to increase the Cowboys’ lead to eight with 2:02 remaining in the period.

Hendershot, a tight end, went in motion to his left and took a handoff from Prescott to score from the 2-yard line to make it 28-13 with 8:53 left in the contest.

Jones tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Richie James with eight seconds left.

The Giants led 13-7 at halftime on Barkley’s scoring run and Graham Gano’s two field goals.

Gano booted a season-high 57-yard field goal with 9:44 left in the first quarter before Dallas recovered to take a 7-3 lead. Elliott scored on a 6-yard run on the initial play of the second quarter to cap a 11-play, 93-yard drive.

New York moved back ahead on Barkley’s 1-yard run with 9:28 left in the half. Gano tacked on a 47-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

–Field Level Media

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong (92) sacks New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) in the second half. The Giants fall to the Cowboys, 23-16, at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.

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Giants without OT Evan Neal, other key linemen at Dallas

Daniel Jones might be thankful for five capable blockers at Dallas on Thursday after the New York Giants released their final injury report for the afternoon game with the Cowboys.

Offensive tackle Evan Neal did not travel to Texas and is out with a knee injury along with center Jon Feliciano (neck), guard Joshua Ezeudu (neck) and guard Shane Lemieux (toe).

Top tackle Andrew Thomas is listed as questionable due to illness. Head coach Brian Daboll remained optimistic Thomas could be ready Thursday.

“There were no physical exertion practices (this week). We’ll just take it right up, as long as we can take it,” Daboll said of a decision on his starting front five.

in the first meeting with Dallas this season, Jones was sacked five times by the Cowboys. The Cowboys are on a record pace through 10 games with 42 quarterback sacks.

New York is also without tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye), cornerback Adoree Jackson (knee) and safety Fabian Moreau (oblique).

The Giants (7-3) have lost two of their past three games. The Cowboys (7-3) ruled out linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring) and defensive linemen Tarell Basham and Johnathan Hankins are questionable due to illness.

Pass rushers Micah Parsons (knee, ankle) and Demarcus Lawrence (foot, illness) were limited Wednesday and officially listed as questionable.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and cornerback Trevon Diggs (ankle) were full participants in practice Wednesday. They were removed from the injury report.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrate a touchdown during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys set table for East run as Giants come knocking

Winning the NFC East becomes a longshot with a loss on Thanksgiving Day, hiking the stakes for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

Dallas has won 10 of the past 11 over their rivals, who meet for the second time this season following a 23-16 Cowboys’ victory on Sept. 26 at East Rutherford, N.J.

The rematch arrives as the Cowboys host a game on Thanksgiving for the 45th consecutive season. Dallas has lost three straight on Turkey Day and look to end the slide at Arlington, Texas.

The Cowboys (7-3) enter against New York (7-3) on a high note after steamrolling the host Minnesota Vikings 40-3 on Sunday, but both teams are well off the pace set by division-leading Philadelphia (9-1).

Tony Pollard had a career-best 189 yards from scrimmage (80 rushing, 109 receiving) and caught two touchdown passes in the stunningly easy victory.

Star linebacker Micah Parsons and defensive end Dorance Armstrong each had two of Dallas’ seven sacks against Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Cowboys lead the NFL in sacks (42) and scoring defense (16.7 points per game) and rank ninth in total defense (310.6 yards per game).

Parsons, who ranks second in the NFL with 10 sacks, injured his left knee and ankle against the Vikings. He maintains he will be ready to play against the Giants but his status is something to watch during a short week.

“I just got rolled up. I felt like everyone on the line just kind of fell on my leg,” Parsons said. “It was a quick shot — I’ve never had that (pain) before. But my health is great. The knee is cool, definitely in a positive manner.”

Dallas sacked New York quarterback Daniel Jones five times during the September victory with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence registering three of them.

But Jones also rushed for 79 yards and recorded first downs on seven of his nine rushing attempts, passing for 196 yards with one interception.

“Daniel Jones is a phenomenal quarterback when it comes down to things breaking down and him using his legs,” Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse said. “He’s a pretty mobile quarterback when it comes to that. Everything coming from me boils down to guys just doing their jobs.”

The Giants had a disappointing 31-18 home loss to the Detroit Lions last week. Jones passed for 341 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and ran for a score.

Star running back Saquon Barkley was limited to 22 yards on 15 carries. Barkley is second in the NFL in rushing yardage (953) and fourth in scrimmage yards (1,163). The setback was the second in three games following New York’s surprising 6-1 start.

“We’re not going to panic. We’re not going to worry. We’re not going to waver at all,” Barkley said.

Giants coach Brian Daboll is expecting a turnaround against the Cowboys.

“They’ll respond,” Daboll said. “… We’re in an outcome, results-oriented business. We all understand that. But the things that we do during the week, the work we put in, how we study, that’s what’s important to me. Obviously, we want to win every game. But I think you stay consistent. We’re going to go through our preparation. And then we’re going to go out and try to play the best we can play Thursday.”

Prescott did not play in the first meeting this season due to a thumb injury. He has thrown 21 touchdown passes against five interceptions in 11 career games against the Giants.

New York lost wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson to a season-ending ACL tear in his right knee against the Lions and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (knee) is expected to miss at least four weeks with a sprained MCL.

Cowboys linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring) will miss his third straight game. Running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee) will be watched closely during the short week. He rushed for two touchdowns against the Vikings after missing the previous two games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (17) breaks a tackle by Detroit Lions linebacker Alex Anzalone (34) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Better call OBJ? Giants WR Wan’Dale Robinson has torn ACL

Giants wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson is out for the season and likely part of offseason workouts with a torn right ACL, head coach Brian Daboll confirmed on Monday as New York opens a short week of preparation for a Thanksgiving game with the Dallas Cowboys.

Robinson caught nine passes for 100 yards on Sunday before he left the loss to the Detroit Lions. He ends his rookie season with 23 catches for 227 yards with one score in six games (three starts).

Wide receiver depth has been a constant concern for the Giants this season with purported No. 1 receiver Kenny Golladay bumped down the pecking order based on production and injuries.

The Giants traded 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney to the Chiefs for third- and sixth-round picks last month.

Sterling Shepherd was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 28 with a torn ACL, joining Collin Johnson among players at that position lost for the year. Johnson went on IR in August with a torn Achilles.

With more changes atop the depth chart, the Giants might be even more eager to sit down with Odell Beckham Jr. A free agent planning to take a closer look at his options starting this week, Beckham had ACL surgery following the Super Bowl in February.

He’s scheduled to meet in-person later this week with the Giants and Cowboys and could consider others, FOX Sports reported Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) scores touchdown in the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Williams scores trio of TDs as Lions surprise Giants

Jamaal Williams scored three rushing touchdowns and the visiting Detroit Lions achieved a three-game winning streak for the first time since 2017 by surprising the New York Giants 31-18 on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Williams rushed for 64 yards on 17 carries. Jared Goff passed for 165 yards, while Justin Jackson rushed for 66 yards on nine carries. Amon-Ra St. Brown caught seven passes for 76 yards for Detroit (4-6).

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones passed for 341 yards and a touchdown but was also picked off twice. Jones also rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown, but star running back Saquon Barkley was held to 22 yards on 15 carries.

Wan’Dale Robinson caught nine passes for 100 yards for the Giants (7-3). New York’s defense gave up a season high in points.

The Lions drove 11 plays and 64 yards on their first possession, which ended with Michael Badgley’s 24-yard field goal.

New York answered with an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. Jones completed three passes of 16 or more yards and finished it off with a 3-yard scoring run. Graham Gano missed the extra point.

Aidan Hutchinson intercepted Jones’ pass in the second quarter and returned it 20 yards to the Giants’ 18-yard line. That set up Williams’ first touchdown of the game, a 4-yard run.

Detroit drove 68 yards on its final possession of the half, which Williams finished off with a 1-yard plunge. A 32-yard pass from Goff to St. Brown was the big play on the drive.

Jackson’s 36-yard kickoff return to open the second half put Detroit in good field position. The Lions cashed in once again on another Williams 1-yard run.

The Giants drove 67 yards to cut Detroit’s lead to 24-12. Matt Breida scored on a 3-yard run with 13:21 remaining. Gano once again missed the extra point.

Hutchinson recovered a fumble to give the Lions the ball at New York’s 33-yard line. That led to D’Andre Swift’s 4-yard touchdown run.

Jones hit Richie James for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 4:20 remaining. The two-point conversion pass attempt failed, leaving the score at 31-18.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs with the ball against the Houston Texans during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Efficient Giants leery of streaking Lions

Life hasn’t been this good this late in the season for the New York Giants since 2016, when they finished 11-5.

New York (7-2) holds what would be a playoff position in the NFC through Week 10 and came out of its bye week by using a familiar formula for success to smack the Houston Texans.

The Giants relied on Saquon Barkley’s legs and Daniel Jones’ savvy, while the defense continued to limit big plays.

New York churned out its seventh single-digit victory against Houston and now hosts the suddenly revived Detroit Lions (3-6) on Sunday.

Barkley, the league’s leading rusher at 931 yards, toted the ball a whopping 35 times for 152 yards against the Texans and capitalized on the NFL’s worst run defense.

Jones hasn’t passed for more than 217 yards in any game this season but he’s made smart decisions and uses his mobility when necessary. He hasn’t thrown an interception in six games, which is a big reason why the Giants are breathing down the necks of the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) for the NFC East lead.

Darius Slayton is emerging as the top wideout. He caught a 54-yard touchdown pass against the Texans and has 11 receptions over the past three games.

The defense gave up a season-high 27 points to Seattle just before the bye week and allowed 387 yards to Houston but produced two turnovers and four sacks in the 24-16 victory.

The Giants have the NFL’s second-ranked defense in the red zone, allowing touchdowns just 38.2 percent of the time.

“They execute well. It’s not very complicated in terms of if you do your job, you give yourself a chance to make a play or execute a particular (play),” head coach Brian Daboll said. “Whether it’s offense, defense — whatever it may be — those guys do a good job each week of honing in on the game plan. Coaches do a good job of installing the game plan, and at the end of the day, the players got to make the plays down there.”

Despite its record, Detroit is quite capable of chunk plays. The offense has produced 42 plays of 20 or more yards, fourth-most in the league.

“They create explosive plays,” Daboll said. “The other thing they’re really good at is down in the red zone, finishing drives. It’s a team effort every week of how you need to play a game. But they’re an explosive team — no question about it.”

The Lions did something in Chicago that they hadn’t accomplished in 29 years. They rallied last week from a 24-10 deficit to pull out a 31-30 victory, the franchise’s first win after trailing by 14 or more points entering the fourth quarter since 1993.

Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak the previous week by edging Green Bay 15-9.

Now, the Lions will try to accomplish something they haven’t done since 2017 — win three consecutive games.

“If you really want to become a truly competitive, good team, you have to stack some wins together,” second-year head coach Dan Campbell said. “All the good ones do.”

Campbell’s team will need to find ways to limit Barkley, as well as Jones, on the ground. Jones has rushed for 387 yards and three touchdowns and Detroit’s defense has struggled against mobile quarterbacks. Bears quarterback Justin Fields rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns last week.

“They’re running the ball well,” Campbell said of the Giants, who average 4.8 yards per carry. “Most of it is Barkley. That’s where the explosive plays are coming from and that’s helping the quarterback play well, too. They’re playing good football right now. They’re very efficient.”

The Lions’ offense has been much more efficient over the past three games, turning the ball over just once.

Center Frank Ragnow (foot), receiver Josh Reynolds (back) and running back Jamaal Williams (illness) were among the Lions who didn’t practice on Wednesday. Tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye) and linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux (illness) sat out the Giants’ practice.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) throws an incomplete pass under pressure from New York Giants linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Saquon Barkley rushes Giants past Texans

Saquon Barkley rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown as the New York Giants turned a third-quarter eruption into a 24-16 win over the visiting Houston Texas on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Barkley capped a 12-play, 74-yard march with a 2-yard touchdown run that answered a Houston scoring drive that cut the deficit to 14-10 midway through the third quarter. After totaling 182 yards in the first half, the Giants (7-2) recorded 149 yards on two third-quarter scoring drives.

The Giants’ first touchdown mark of the third quarter wasn’t as prolonged as the second.

Quarterback Daniel Jones adeptly avoided the rush just long enough to find Darius Slayton in the flat, and the wideout followed by avoiding the tackle of Texans rookie safety Jalen Pitre before darting up the sideline 54 yards for a touchdown. The score extended the Giants’ lead to 14-3 at the 12:33 mark.

Davis Mills and the Texans (1-7-1) managed a hasty response, covering 75 yards in seven plays with the quarterback completing all four of his pass attempts for 64 yards — including a 12-yard touchdown toss to Nico Collins.

But after Barkley gave the Giants a 21-10 lead, the Texans were slowed by a pair of turnovers.

Texans rookie running back Dameon Pierce fumbled at the Giants’ 10 on the drive following the Barkley score, with Giants linebacker Jaylon Smith recovering the fumble.

In the fourth quarter, Mills had his scoring pass to Brandin Cooks wiped away by a holding call on rookie guard Kenyon Green. On the next snap, Giants safety Dane Belton picked off Mills in the end zone.

Mills completed 22 of 37 passes for 319 yards.

The first half was an offensive slog for both teams.

The Texans failed to muster a first down in the first quarter, amassing minus-3 yards on nine plays across three possessions. The Giants, meanwhile, showed early promise but failed to maintain their momentum.

Keyed by a 36-yard Jones-to-Slayton pass play, the Giants grabbed a 7-0 lead at the 7:51 mark of the first on Jones’ 9-yard scoring pass to tight end Lawrence Cager. The Giants totaled 113 yards in the period and possessed the ball for 10:07 but mistakes in the second proved costly.

Guard Jack Anderson was whistled for a false start on 4th-and-1 in Houston territory, a miscue that forced the Giants to punt. Later in the second, Maliek Collins and Christian Kirksey combined for a third-down sack of Jones that pushed the Giants out of range for a field goal.

Aside from a seven-play, 61-yard drive that resulted in a 38-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal — Pierce broke off a 44-yard scamper on that possession — the Texans accumulated 25 yards in the half and trailed 7-3 at the break after recording more punts (five) than first downs (four).

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Giants looking past injuries with Texans next

Beyond the surprisingly positive results, the first half of the season was relatively pristine for the New York Giants. That was before the bye week brought with it an unfortunate injury revelation.

The Giants (6-2), set to face visiting the Houston Texans (1-6-1) on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J., placed safety Xavier McKinney on the reserve/non-football injury list after McKinney suffered a hand injury in an ATV accident while on vacation. One of five Giants to start all eight games on defense, McKinney ranks fourth on the team with 38 tackles and has four passes defended and a forced fumble.

The loss of McKinney for several weeks not only impacts the Giants statistically, but it also alters roles on their defense. Safety Julian Love will assume the responsibility of relaying the plays on the field while Dane Belton and Jason Pinnock step into the void with McKinney sidelined.

Giants coach Brian Daboll sidestepped any revelation of whether McKinney was disciplined for his actions, and was curt in assessing how the Giants would move forward in his absence.

“I feel bad for Xavier. Disappointed that he got injured,” Daboll said. “And he’ll do everything he can do to get back and be ready to go.

“I feel bad for him, I feel bad for us. I know he’s disappointed. But can’t do anything about that now. We’ll get ready to play Houston.”

Even without McKinney, the Giants are well-positioned to keep pace in a competitive NFC East.

The Giants were without tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye) and tackle Evan Neal (knee) at practice on Wednesday. However, Daboll said the Giants were “moving in the right direction” with the likes of cornerback Cor’Dale Flott (calf), receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) and linebacker Oshane Ximines (quad), all of whom should provide a boost against a scuffling opponent in Houston.

The Giants have won four consecutive meetings against the Texans.

Quarterback Daniel Jones has posted a 90-plus passer rating in three of his past four starts while amassing five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) in four home games this season. Saquon Barkley ranks second among all running backs, averaging 121 scrimmage yards, including seven games with 85-plus scrimmage yards.

The Texans remain without receiver Brandin Cooks while rookie running back Dameon Pierce, their lone bright spot offensively with 678 yards and three rushing touchdowns, was a limited participant on Wednesday with a chest/shoulder injury.

Defensive lineman Maliek Collins (chest) and receiver Nico Collins (groin) appear to be on the mend, but the Texans are 0-3 since emerging from their bye with an average margin of defeat of 12.3 points.

“To get them back, of course, is big, two guys that we depend on,” Texans coach Lovie Smith said. “Maliek Collins, it all kind of starts with, most defenses, interior guys, the closest ones to the quarterback. To be able to get Maliek back is big for us. We missed him an awful lot. We’re starting that process. He was limited (Wednesday), but he’s getting closer to playing.

“Nico Collins, one of our best players too, big, good target, that has to help. Eventually, getting both of those guys back in the mix will help our team a lot, absolutely.”

–Field Level Media

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll, left, talks to safety Xavier McKinney (29) during the second day of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

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Giants get WR back, lose two for season during bye week

The bye week was painful for the New York Giants.

Safety Xavier McKinney is out for weeks with a hand injury suffered while on an ATV tour during the week off and the Giants also lost defensive tackle Nick Williams in a more traditional method; he suffered a torn biceps at Seattle before the bye week.

“I feel bad for Xavier. Disappointed that he got injured. And he’ll do everything he can do to get back and be ready to go,” Giants head coach Brian Daboll said. “I feel bad for him. I feel bad for us. I know he’s disappointed. But we can’t do anything about that now.”

Daboll said Tuesday the Giants also confirmed cornerback Aaron Robinson (knee) would be out for the season. He was injured in the Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears.

McKinney, the team’s defensive co-captain and on-field play caller, was placed on the non-football injury list and cannot return before Dec. 11. Daboll said he would miss at least the mandatory four games but wouldn’t disclose the nature of the injury incurred while riding an ATV in Mexico.

The Giants did get some potential good news with wide receiver Kenny Golladay back at practice. Golladay, the purported lead receiver for the Giants, last practiced two days before New York beat the Bears (Week 4) due to a sprained knee.

Offensive guard Shane Lemieux, the starter on the left side, has been out with a foot injury since Aug. 11 but was able to practice Tuesday. The Giants are likely to take their time with Lemieux, who started in 2020 as a rookie and suffered a knee injury in 2021.

–Field Level Media