Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are set to host the New York Giants in primetime at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas tonight. It's a major showdown of NFC East rivals. Both teams are 0-1, looking to avoid a dreadful 0-2 start.
Prescott, who struggled mightily in a Week 1 loss at Carolina, is going to need to play much better to get a win this evening. He knows this.
The Giants know this, too. One of New York's defensive backs actually admitted that the game plan is to bottle Ezekiel Elliott up and make Prescott beat them with his arm.
New York's star safety, Landon Collins, said the following before tonight's game:
"We just really have to focus on stopping Zeke," Collins said. "We have to focus on every run-gap, play our gap-assignments, make sure we close the air out of their offensive running game. If we do that and put the ball into (quarterback) Dak (Prescott)'s hands, I think we have a better shot at winning."
Prescott was later asked about this. He had a simple response:
"Challenge accepted,'' Prescott said. "Challenge accepted."
What Collins said is fair, though. The Cowboys are at their best when the offensive line is dominant and Elliott is running all over teams. Dallas has gotten in trouble when its had to consistently rely on Prescott making plays down the field.
Prescott threw for just 170 yards in the Week 1 loss to the Panthers, averaging less than 6 yards per attempt. The Giants have given him trouble in recent years, too.
The Cowboys and the Giants are set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. E.T. on NBC.