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Expert predictions for Cowboys-Giants: Can Dallas keep good times rolling vs. New York?

Our panel of columnists, beat writers and special contributors make predictions for the Cowboys’ Week 12 matchup.

After dominating on the road in Minnesota, the Cowboys have a short turnaround for their Thanksgiving contest against the New York Giants.

Dallas (7-3) already defeated New York (7-3) once this season and has a chance to pull away in the NFC East standings on Thursday. The last time both sides faced off at MetLife Stadium, the Cowboys were aided by a second half boost where they outscored the Giants 17-13 to secure a 23-16 win.

While the Cowboys won on Sunday, the Giants stumbled against the Lions and their surprising run game. Can Dallas run through the New York defense in similar fashion?

Our panel of columnists, beat writers and special contributors make predictions for the matchup below.

Tim Cowlishaw

Trying hard to put aside recency bias, but the Cowboys obliterating Minnesota while the Giants lost badly at home to Detroit has to mean something, right? New York gets credit for winning close games and staying the course after significant injuries, but if Saquon Barkley doesn’t run wild early, the Giants have zero chance to keep it close. Dallas won’t play like it did Sunday, but scoring opportunities will be plentiful, and this game bodes well for another Tony Pollard showcase.

Cowboys 34, Giants 10

Michael Gehlken

Six Giants players exited a Sunday loss to the Detroit Lions with injury. Two starters, wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL) and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (MCL), are certain to miss extensive time. There is little reason for the Cowboys’ good times not to roll on Thanksgiving.

Cowboys 34, Giants 17

Damon Marx

The Cowboys were hitting on all cylinders in Minnesota, but how realistic is it to expect them to repeat that effort? The good news is Dallas won’t have to play at that level to beat the Giants, which remain mostly a one-dimensional team on offense. Granted, that one dimension (RB Saquon Barley) is pretty darn good. Nevertheless, the Cowboys have won 10 of their last 11 games against the Giants. Expect that run to continue under the Thanksgiving Day spotlight.

Cowboys 27, Giants 13

David Moore

There were three teams ahead of Dallas in the conference standings heading into Week 11. The Cowboys drilled one of them by 37 points. Can they dispatch another one — the New York Giants — in similar fashion? That seems a bit much to ask. The Cowboys performance against a very, very good Minnesota team on the road was about as impressive as it gets. But it’s not too much to ask the Cowboys to beat the Giants. Again.

Cowboys 27, Giants 13

Kevin Sherrington

The best that the Cowboys could have hoped for this stretch of three games in 12 days was to come out of it 2-1. They can do that against the Giants, whose vulnerability was on display again Sunday. Saquon Barkley has carried a heavy load this season, and it may be taking a toll. If the Cowboys can do what they did the last time against the Giants and again Sunday against the Vikings, their turkey will never taste so good.

Cowboys 27, Giants 17

Jean-Jacques Taylor

The Cowboys aren’t going to play as well as they did against Minnesota, but they don’t have to do that to beat the Giants. The emphasis will be on stopping Saquon Barkley and making Daniel Jones beat them by throwing, which he can’t do. On a short week, defense and special teams rule. It’s about time for Ka’Vontae Turpin to return a punt for a TD.

Cowboys 24, Giants 10

Calvin Watkins

Get a Turkey leg. The Cowboys will beat up the Giants on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, it’s that easy. The battle for OBJ, if it’s on the field, will be won by the Cowboys. They need him badly in the passing game. If the Cowboys want to make a deep playoff run, and that’s what we’re talking about here, then Odell Beckham Jr. helps. Tony Pollard, Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz, Michael Gallup help in the regular season. They will show out Thursday.

Cowboys 31, Giants 10

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