Heading into the Giants’ game against Dallas this weekend, former Cowboys quarterback and current broadcaster Troy Aikman said that he thinks the Giants “aren’t even in Dallas’ class.”
Aikman, in an interview earlier this week with “The Musers” on 96.7 FM The Ticket in Dallas, said his belief stems from the pressure that Dallas’ offense puts on opposing defenses. The Cowboys are averaging 420.8 total yards of offense and 31.5 points per game, giving them the NFL’s third-best offense through the season’s first four weeks.
“They are so explosive that there’s a lot of pressure for an opposing offense to feel that they’ve got to go do something every time they have the ball,” Aikman said.
Giants head coach Joe Judge was asked about Aikman’s comments before practice on Friday.
“I don’t think we really need any external motivation to show up and do our jobs,” Judge said. “I think you have to understand the magnitude of every game you play — these division games are obviously no different.
“This team’s an outstanding team, there’s no getting around it. This team’s extremely talented, they’re well-coached, they’re obviously winning games right now, playing the right way, so I think this is obviously one of the top teams in the league.”
Dallas has won three consecutive games since dropping the season-opener to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They are led by the wide receiver duo of Amari Cooper and Ceedee Lamb, with Michael Gallup on injured reserve. Dak Prescott, returning from an ankle injury that he suffered in Week 5 of 2020 against the Giants, has completed 75.2 percent of his passes through four games with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.
That need for generating consistent offense to match the Cowboys’ points will be the “challenge” for New York when it travels to Dallas. The Giants defeated the Saints last weekend behind Daniel Jones’ career-high 402 yards, which paired with Saquon Barkley’s season-high 126 yards from scrimmage created an offensive output of 27 points. That marked their second-most in a game this season, two shy of the 29 the Giants scored in its Week 2 loss to the Washington Football Team.
“If they don’t (do something on every possession), they’re going to be down two scores,” Aikman said.
The Giants and Cowboys will play for the first time season on Oct. 10, meeting at AT&T Stadium for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff.