Dallas Cowboys place kicker Brett Maher (19) celebrates his game winning field goal with punter Bryan Anger (5) and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Chauncey Golston, right, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Arlington, Tx. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (10) leaves the field after a 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals after an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Arlington, Tx. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Arlington, Tx. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Arlington, Tx. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
New York Giants kicker Graham Gano reacts after kicking a field goal during the second half an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Munson)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, right, hands off to Saquon Barkley during the second half an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Munson)
New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll watches during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in Nashville. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants are going to renew their NFC East rivalry on Monday night, -and this one might be an indication of whether the times are changing.
The Cowboys, the defending division champions, have owned the Giants the last five years. The teams have played 10 times and Dallas has won nine.
This season has gotten off to an interesting start, though. Dallas has split two games and saw quarterback Dak Prescott undergo thumb surgery after the season opener. How long the star quarterback will be sidelined is uncertain, but Cooper Rush will be running the offense against the surprising Giants.
New York, which won four games last year, is halfway to that total after knocking off Tennessee and Carolina in Brian Daboll's first two games as coach. Beating Dallas in a nationally televised game would be another step toward respectability after five straight losing seasons.
''This is a divisional opponent and the quickest way to get into the postseason is to win divisional games,'' said receiver Sterling Shepard, the Giants' current longest tenured player. ''They are always huge games no matter what start you have.''
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said past results won't influence the present.
''Obviously, we're not the same as we were last year. They're not the same as they were last year,'' McCarthy said. ''We're both going to play a little differently. They're going to play a lot different with a new staff.''
McCarthy said he talked with his players about the last five years, but his focus was to remind them about the importance of winning in the division.
''This is an important game,'' he said. ''It's a division game. It's our first division game. It's `Monday Night Football.' They're 2-0. You look at all of those things, at the end of the day, this is going to come down to us playing to our playstyle, play to our discipline and we feel like we'll do what we need to do to win the game.''
Reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons leads the NFL with four sacks, two in each of the first two games.
Dallas' dynamic linebacker could join Kevin Greene (1998) and Mark Gastineau (1984) as the only players to start a season with three multi-sack games. He's leading a Dallas defense that held the offenses of Tampa Bay's Tom Brady and Cincinnati's Joe Burrow to a touchdown apiece in the first two games. It's the fewest TDs allowed by the Cowboys through two games since 1996.
''Micah wreaks havoc,'' McCarthy said. ''He's definitely a focal point for every one of our opponents. You could see that last year.''
The combination of a healthy Saquon Barkley and an improved offensive line has been the constant in the Giants' offense. Barkley leads the league with 236 yards rushing and his 282 yards from scrimmage is fifth-best overall.
The one problem for the line has been pass protection. Daniel Jones has been sacked eight times, losing one fumble on one of those. However, he has done a good job of protecting the ball, throwing one interception while hitting 71% of his passes for three TDs.
WHAT'S THE RUSH?
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones and his son, executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones, make frequent radio appearances during the week, and always get asked about the timeline for Prescott's return.
Stephen Jones said definitely not this week. Both said maybe Week 4 at home against Washington.
The swelling after surgery wasn't as bad as it could have been, which is why the Cowboys are talking a handful of weeks instead of as many as eight.
The bottom line is Rush will make multiple starts this year after filling in once last season when the star quarterback was out with a calf strain.
When Daboll hired Wink Martindale as his defensive coordinator, the word was the former Ravens' coordinator was going to bring a blitz-heavy package to the Giants.
McCarthy said Giants have not blitzed as much as one would have expected.
''His numbers aren't real high right now, but his history, obviously, you have to always account into the history of the coordinator,'' McCarthy said of Martindale.
Last week, Martindale threw a curve at the Panthers after top defensive lineman Leonard Williams hurt his knee in the third quarter. He went the rest of the game using mostly two linemen mixed with linebackers and defensive backs.
What he has for Dallas remains to be seen
MAYBE ADDITION, MAYBE SUBTRACTION
Dallas receiver Michael Gallup could make his season debut coming off a torn ACL from January. McCarthy indicated Gallup might not be ready for a full load against the Giants, but situational roles is a possibility.
The Cowboys also are expecting a game-time decision for tight end Dalton Schultz, who sprained his right knee late against Cincinnati.
Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Treylon Burks (toe) could go on Injured Reserve after being diagnosed with turf toe. Burks left the game late against the Indianapolis Colts and did not return. However, Burks isn't expected to miss the season and won't need surgery, so he could have sneaky value later in fantasy football in the playoff stretch. For now, Robert Woods, Nick Westbrook-Ikhineand Kyle Philips should be in line for more targets, as well as tight end Austin Hooper. Tennessee could also look to make a move at the position. With that said, no Titans pass-catchers are sure things. Woods seemingly has the most upside moving forward.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (concussion) has already been ruled out for Week 5 against the New York Jets. However, there's no clear timetable on how long he could be out moving forward. Veteran Teddy Bridgewater will start in his place as long as he's out and is a decent streaming option in one of the league's best passing attacks. Bridgewater has never been a fantasy superstar, but Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill are elite weapons at wide receiver, so his ceiling is as high as it's ever been. The Jets present a favorable matchup for quarterbacks, so Bridgewater can be started for fantasy managers in a tough spot at QB.
Dynasty | Broncos running back Javonte Williams has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, and LCL. Dynasty Analysis: And with that, we have our first major injury in dynasty leagues after a relatively quiet first month, Williams is out for the season, will undergo surgery and should return in time for the 2023 season. It's a brutal blow for the Sophomore running back who was starting to separate himself from Melvin Gordon. He'll end his season with 404 rushing yards, 16 catches, 76 receiving yards and no scores. Williams' dynasty value is going to take a hit after this injury and he's likely to drop out of first round consideration. However, this injury could open an opportunity for a dynasty owner to buy on our RB3.
Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) is headed to Injured Reserve but is expected to return at some point this season. His placement on IR means he'll be out for at least four weeks. Rookie Tyler Allgeier and Caleb Huntley combined for 140 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Browns and will be the featured backs moving forward. Damien Williams (rib) could return soon, too, so he's worth noting. For now, it's tough to say whether Allgeier or Huntley is the player to start in Week 5 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it'll be a tough matchup against one of the league's premier front sevens in the NFL.
Atlanta Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 3.
Fantasy Spin: Patterson is averaging 5.9 yards per carry and ranks fourth in the league in rushing at 340 yards, so there is no question his absence will be a big one for the Falcons. With Damien Williams also on IR, rookie Tyler Allgeier will almost certainly be asked to carry most of the load for the next couple of weeks. Caleb Huntley also figures to play a prominent role after rushing for 56 yards and his first NFL touchdown on 10 carries in Week 4. Allgeier should be considered a strong flex option with RB2 upside and Huntley a priority stash in deeper leagues.
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (knee) suffered a torn ACL in the Week 4 loss to the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders and his 2022 season is over, according to a source. Williams came into the year as a popular breakout candidate in his second NFL season, but after four weeks, no touchdowns and a torn ACL, his sophomore season comes to a disappointing end. He can now be dropped in single-season leagues. With Williams now done, the Broncos will turn to some combination of Melvin Gordon III and Mike Boone. Gordon had a disastrous Week 4 with three carries for eight yards and a lost fumble that was returned for a touchdown. While this could be another frustrating timeshare, Gordon should have more fantasy upside as a potential RB2, but Boone is also worth waiver-wire consideration in deeper leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (forearm) didn't suffer a major forearm injury in the Week 4 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and has a chance to play in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. Meanwhile, cornerback Avonte Maddox (ankle), who suffered an ankle sprain last week, is up in the air for Week 5, according to sources. Maddox could miss another game, but his injury isn't long-term. It's good news for the Eagles secondary as they try to remain the only undefeated team in the league heading into a matchup against Arizona. If Slay is able to play, it will be bad news for Cardinals No. 1 receiver Marquise Brown. The Eagles defense/special teams has been a must-start fantasy unit this season.
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule told reporters on Monday that he's sticking with Baker Mayfield as his quarterback after the Week 4 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Rhule added that Sam Darnold (ankle) is still not ready to return from his high-ankle sprain. Darnold reportedly isn't close to coming off Injured Reserve, so the struggling Mayfield will have a little more leash as the starter under center. The 27-year-old has gone 64-for-117 for 747 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions in his first four games with the Panthers. Mayfield is averaging a career-low 6.4 yards per attempt and 186.8 yards per game. He'll remain a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues going forward, and if he's still struggling when Darnold is healthy enough to return, the Panthers could be compelled to make a switch.
Long-time Baltimore Ravens standout cornerback Jimmy Smith is retiring on Monday after 11 seasons with the team, the Ravens announced. Smith was originally drafted by Baltimore in the first round (27th overall) in 2011 out of the University of Colorado, and he spent all 11 seasons of his NFL career with the Ravens. In total, he racked up 374 tackles (324 solo), eight tackles for loss, three QB hits, 14 interceptions (two for touchdowns), 74 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries (one touchdown) and three sacks in 128 regular season games (90 starts). The 34-year-old played in only 10 games (two starts) in 2021 and had 18 tackles (15 solo) and three passes defensed.
New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne had just two receptions on three targets for 23 yards in the 27-24 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 4. He also added one carry for a 15-yard gain. On the bright side, Bourne played 45 percent of the team's offensive snaps, which was his highest mark in four games with Jakobi Meyers (knee) missing his second straight game. Still, it wasn't much action for the 27-year-old considering Meyers' absence, and with quarterback Mac Jones (ankle) and backup Brian Hoyer (head) now hurt, Bourne's fantasy appeal will take another hit if rookie third-stringer Bailey Zappe is forced to start in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions.
Indianapolis Colts LB Shaquille Leonard (concussion) will be out for Week 5.
Fantasy Spin: He had just two tackles before exiting his first game of the year. Zaire Franklin will continue to get run in his absence and is a flex option.
The New England Patriots are expected to sign free-agent linebacker Jamie Collins, according to sources. It remains to be seen if Collins will join the practice squad or the active roster, but he's expected to join the team in some capacity as they look for improved linebacker play. This will be Collins' fourth different stint with New England after they initially drafted him in the second round in 2013 out of South Miss. In 10 games with the Patriots in 2021, he had 20 tackles (11 solo), three tackles for loss, an interception and three passes defensed. The 32-year-old made the Pro Bowl back in 2015 and had over 100 combined tackles as recently as 2020 in 14 starts for the Detroit Lions.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (ankle) is now eligible to come off Injured Reserve, but he's not close to returning from the left high-ankle sprain that he suffered in late August, according to a source. In the words of the source, it's "going to be a while." It's good news for Baker Mayfield, who has underwhelmed in his first four games as the starter for Carolina. Mayfield has completed a career-low 54.7 percent of his 117 pass attempts for 747 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions through four games. It's not as if Darnold would be any better, but when he's finally healthy again, he could put some heat on Darnold if he hasn't improved by then. The 25-year-old Darnold should remain on the waiver wire in all single-year leagues.
Buffalo Bills veteran wide receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle) suffered a broken ankle in the Week 4 win over the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source. Crowder will have additional tests to see what other damage he might have, but he's now out indefinitely. It's a tough break for the 29-year-old slot man, who had just six catches on 13 targets for 60 yards in four games before his injury. He wasn't a realistic option for starting fantasy lineups with Isaiah McKenzie the starter in the slot in 2022. Crowder isn't a must-stash in deep single-season formats. McKenzie should see more targets as a result, and it should also mean more work for rookie Khalil Shakir, but don't expect much out of the youngster in redraft leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders proved in Week 4 that he can be a strong fantasy option in 2022, running for a career-high 134 yards in the 29-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the first time in his four-year career that the 25-year-old reached 27 carries in a game. In the first three weeks of the season, only one RB had 27-plus carries in a game. "Miles Sanders is our No. 1 back! There ain't no question about it!" head coach Nick Sirianni said. Sanders is playing the best football of his career and has become a must-start in fantasy lineups for the 4-0 Eagles. Through four games, he has 72 carries for 356 yards and three touchdowns without turning the ball over. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect 27 carries every week, but Sanders has proven to be up to the task in one of the best offenses in the league.
Free-agent SS Landon Collins (Commanders) is visiting the New York Giants Monday, Oct. 3.
Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold (ankle) is eligible to come off the Reserve/Injured list, but he's not close to returning from a high-ankle sprain.
Free-agent LB Jamie Collins (Patriots) is likely to re-sign with the New England Patriots Monday, Oct. 3.
Buffalo Bills WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) suffered a broken ankle in Week 4 and will be out indefinitely. He'll undergo tests for potential other damage.
Fantasy Spin: He only had six grabs for 60 yards this year and hasn't been worth owning in fantasy.
Former Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith will sign a one-day contract with the team Monday, Oct. 3, to retire with the club.