The New York Giants (5-10) and Dallas Cowboys (9-6) will square off on Sunday in a Week 17 matchup featuring one team going home for the offseason and one team moving on to the playoffs.
The Giants opened the week as 6.5-point home favorites and little has changed on the current spread, which lists Big Blue at -6 entering the weekend.
With this matchup on tap, Giants Wire took the opportunity to hold a Q&A with Cowboys Wire managing editor KD Drummond.
KD Drummond: Underwear, mostly. Other than that, the Amari Cooper acquisition stands out as the move of most consequence. His addition forced teams to stop crowding the box so frequently against Ezekiel Elliott, allowing him to be the offense’s workhorse once again. Cooper also is such a great route runner, he allows an inaccurate Dak Prescott a bigger window to throw into with high levels of success. All of those things help keep an unimaginative Scott Linehan offense afloat.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the ball, Randy Gregory has stepped up in a major way, giving pass-rushing bookends with DeMarcus Lawrence. The linebackers and Byron Jones have been strong, and second-year secondary players Xavier Woods and Chidobe Awuzie have stepped up to disrupt passes. Woods (makes) big, bone-crushing hits and Awuzie is finally making plays on the ball to complement his tight coverage.