NY Giants 3 keys to beating Dallas Cowboys start with shutting down Dak Prescott

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(Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
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Key 1: Apply relentless pressure on Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

Prescott is off to one of the best statistical starts of his career, but it has only translated into one win for Dallas in the first four weeks.

Through four games, Prescott has completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 1,690 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions, while adding three rushing touchdowns and looking like a fringe MVP candidate.

Pro Football Focus lists Prescott as the eighth-ranked quarterback in the NFL, with an 82.2 overall grade. So, if he’s able to sit back in a clean pocket or if the Giants front-seven over-pursues, Prescott has the ability to make a big play downfield or with his legs.

Meanwhile, the Giants’ defense enters Sunday ranked 17th against the pass but 11th in the league with 10 sacks. Leonard Williams has been one of the Giants’ most dominant defenders, producing 18 total tackles and a pair of sacks. The Cowboys are banged up up front, so generating front-three pressure could be critical.

If the Giants, with an offense still trying to find some sort of spark, aren’t able to relentlessly pressure, hit and ultimately produce sacks on Prescott, it’s going to be a very long afternoon.