The 1-1 Dallas Cowboys are entering Week Three of the 2022 NFL regular season with their first NFC East divisional battle. The Cowboys are in the Big Apple to take on the 2-0 New York Giants in their own house in front of a prime time audience on Monday Night Football.
Here a three Cowboys’ players who need to have a big performance for America’s Team to come out victorious against the Giants on Monday night.
#1. Cooper Rush, Quarterback
The mighty backup returns in Week Three attempting to win all three of the starts in his six-year career. Coming off a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals where he completed 19 of his 35 passes for one touchdown and no interceptions, with a QB rating of 95.5, Cooper Rush managed the team to an unlikely win in Week Two. Rush will need to continue to play clean and allow the Dallas defense to dominate the New York offense in what should be a low-scoring affair.
#2. Micah Parsons, Linebacker
While Micah Parsons might be the biggest single factor in a victory over the Giants, Cooper Rush can actually cost Dallas the game if he is a turnover machine or if the Cowboys’ offense is so ineffective that the defense finds themselves always on the field.
Parsons is coming off a week where he missed practices due to illness. So there’s a real question whether Dallas will be getting their dynamic defender at full force. Leading the NFL with 4.0 sacks after his first two games, Micah has been the talk of the NFL. And his impact (or lack thereof) could very well determine if the Cowboys get their first divisional win or not.
#3. Noah Brown, Wide Receiver
After posting a career-performance against the Bengals in Week Two, Noah Brown is going into Monday night’s game as an even more important piece of the offense. Brown caught all five of his targets against Cincinnati, racking up 91 yards and the first NFL touchdown in his six-year career.
Dallas enters this matchup with tight end Dalton Schultz questionable to play. And while wide receiver Michael Gallup could make his return from injury, expect the Cowboys to limit his snaps. That puts the onus on Brown to pick up the slack after showing a unique connection with backup quarterback Cooper Rush in Week Two.