5 Key Players for the Giants to beat Dallas Cowboys

Kenny Golladay #19 of the New York Giants (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Kenny Golladay #19 of the New York Giants (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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As the Giants enter a must-win game to keep its divisional hopes alive, it’ll have to be a major team effort against a loaded Cowboys roster.

The NY Giants’ 4:25pm matchup against the Cowboys in Jerry World has become the most important game of the year for them. At 1-3, the Giants can’t afford a loss if they want to be realistic about this team’s chances to remain relevant throughout the season.

The Cowboys come in rolling, having won three straight following a narrow loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers in week 1. The odds are stacked against the Giants as 7-point underdogs, which shouldn’t surprise anyone.

If the NY Giants do want to improve to 2-3 on the season and upset a division rival, there’s five players that have to step up.

Kenny Golladay

It’s been somewhat of a slow start for the Giants’ new top receiver Kenny Golladay after signing to a four-year, $72 million deal in the offseason. On the contrary, he hardly had a training camp that enabled him to ingratiate himself into the offense due to injuries that he was nursing throughout.

With all of that being said, Golladay has averaged 70.5 yards per game on 16.6 yards per reception, right on line with his numbers over the last three seasons with the Lions after emerging as their number one target. However, he’s yet to find the endzone through four games this year, an area the Giants were looking for him to make a huge difference in the offense.

With the absences of Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton for a second straight week, the Giants can only rely on the rest of the receiving core so much before it becomes too much to ask. Golladay had a big week against the Saints, racking up 116 yards including a crucial catch in overtime that set up the game-winning touchdown.

Opposing Golladay will be emerging star cornerback Trevon Diggs, who has recorded an interception in every game this year, totaling five on the season. It’s a significant task, but this is a must win battle for the veteran receiver.