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5 reasons Giants could upset Cowboys in Week 9

The New York Giants are coming off a tough 31-26 loss to the Detroit Lions last week and have now dropped four straight games.

Big Blue returns home on Monday night to face the NFC East division-leading Dallas Cowboys, who they were embarrassed by, 35-17, in Week 1.

Let’s look at five reasons why the Giants can back in the win column this week for the first time in over a month.

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Pat Shurmur

Last week, the Giants played a tight game with the Lions and should have been in position to tie in the final minute and a half. Instead, Pat Shurmur questionably chose to go for two points in the third quarter in response to an Aldrick Rosas missed extra point in the first half. Shurmur also called a roll out play with Daniel Jones, which cut the field in half resulting in an incomplete pass and failed conversion.

Shurmur was essentially chasing points when he could have kicked the extra point to cut the deficit to 24-20 with another full quarter to play. This decision came back to bite Shurmur later as his team made it down to the red zone in the fourth quarter trailing 31-19. At this point, the Giants could not kick the field goal on fourth and goal, down two possessions and were unable to convert on fourth down. If Shurmur had chose to kick the extra point on the team’s previous score, they could have kicked the field goal to cut the deficit to eight. This would have given the Giants an opportunity to tie the game by going for two following their final touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

It is the head coach’s job to be aware of these details that give his team and rookie quarterback the best opportunity to win the game. By chasing points early on, Shurmur let the game get squandered out of reach after the defense gave up an additional touchdown.

If the Giants are going to snap their losing streak against their division rival, they are going to need Shurmur’s in-game management to improve this week. And you can bet he’s not going to make that same mistake again, so the Cowboys won’t have that added advantage in Week 9.

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