ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Coach Jason Garrett will be together again on Sunday, but not on the same sideline.
The weekend faceoff will be the first time the two will meet as rivals, when the New York Giants visit the Cowboys in Arlington.READ MORE: Suspect Wanted In Murder Of Victim Who Was Playing Soccer At Garland Apartments, Police Say
They’ll both be a little preoccupied Sunday, Prescott trying to keep his video game numbers rolling while ending a two-game slide that has put coach Mike McCarthy’s first season in peril.
Garrett, the offensive coordinator in New York after nine-plus seasons in Dallas ended because he couldn’t lead the Cowboys deep into the playoffs, just wants to get the winless Giants in the end zone, where they haven’t been since Week 2.
“Many people around the league, you have history in another place,” Garrett said. “I obviously spent a lot of time in Dallas. Forever appreciative of that and forever grateful of that, but I’m excited about this opportunity and trying to help this team get better.”
Prescott is the first player in NFL history with at least 450 yards passing in three straight games, but mostly because the Cowboys (1-3) faced double-digit deficits in the second half all three times, losing the past two to Seattle (38-31) and Cleveland (49-38).
Now the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year faces more questions on his offensive line, with Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith backtracking in his battle with a neck issue this week and at risk of sitting out for the third time in four weeks.
“Nothing but respect for coach Garrett and it will be great to see him,” Prescott said of the coach who drafted him four years ago and helped him develop as an instant star replacing the injured Tony Romo. “But this is about getting a win.”
Dallas has never given up more points and yards through four games than the 37 points and 431 yards surrendered per game. But the NFL’s third-worst defense is facing a Daniel Jones-led offense tied for second worst in the league.READ MORE: 2 Women Arrested After Chase With Dallas County Authorities
The Cowboys are far from out of the picture in the woeful NFC East, which Philadelphia leads entering the weekend at 1-2-1. Even the Giants aren’t out of a muddle division picture.
“I would classify that mindset as false confidence,” McCarthy said. “We have to improve in a number of areas on the last time we have taken the field. I am not counting on them for anything. I’m just counting them to be the opponent.”
FANS FOR A CHANGE
A third home game with fans for the Cowboys will be the first time Giants have played in front of spectators. Fans weren’t allowed in New Jersey for the first two home games, and there were no fans when New York went to Chicago and LA.
“To be honest with you, it’s exciting,” coach Joe Judge said. “There’s a different kind of energy home and away, but I think both energies really add to the atmosphere and add to the environment.”
Defensive back Logan Ryan grew up in New Jersey and he said rooting against the Cowboys was the norm. Dallas had about 21,000 fans for the opener, and edged up to about 25,000 in last week’s loss to the Browns. AT&T Stadium has about 80,000 permanent seats.
“I love the energy the fans bring, the good and bad,” he said. “Nothing is (better) than quieting a road stadium. I think it will be fun.”MORE NEWS: Stimulus Check Latest: Will You Get A Fourth Relief Payment?
(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)