October 8, 2020 | 2:59am

Normally, hitting the road means bracing for disruptive and, at times, abusive crowd noise directed at the visiting team. The Giants played games in Chicago and Inglewood, Calif., this season and there was not a fan in sight.

The Giants’ two home games were also fan-less, in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

On Sunday, there are expected to be around 20,000 fans inside AT&T Stadium — capacity of 80,000 sitting and expandable to 100,000 with standing room — when the Giants face the Cowboys.

“To be honest with you, it’s exciting,’’ head coach Joe Judge said. “I think there’s a part of football that obviously we all want fans there. 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. I’m looking forward to playing Dallas this week. It’s a bonus that there are going to be fans there as well. That’s just added incentive to it.’’

The Cowboys are 1-3, and, if they struggle against the 0-4 Giants, could hear and feel plenty of negativism from their home fans.

There are expected to be around 20,000 fans inside AT&T Stadium — capacity of 80,000 sitting and expandable to 100,000 with standing room — when the Giants face the Cowboys in Week 5.
There are expected to be around 20,000 fans inside AT&T Stadium — capacity of 80,000 sitting and expandable to 100,000 with standing room — when the Giants face the Cowboys in Week 5.Getty Images

“I’ll be honest with you, I think it’s good for everybody because it’s not loud enough to create a crowd noise advantage for our team,’’ Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think it really creates a better atmosphere for both teams. Just to compare having fans to having no fans, it’s clearly night and day. I think our fans do a great job, but I think the offenses of the opponent still have an ability to communicate.’’


McCarthy was one of the five candidates the Giants interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy that was filled by Judge. McCarthy, a Super Bowl winner with the Packers, was the only one with previous head coaching experience. The Giants passed on McCarthy and the Cowboys hired him

“I can only speak on my experience, it was a great experience,’’ McCarthy said. “I really enjoyed my time with [co-owner] John Mara and everybody else. But I think it’s like anything else in this business, you’re just thankful for your opportunity and anytime you have a chance to sit down and talk football and let people have insight on what you believe in.’’


The Giants went through a walk-through practice on Wednesday, and it was a positive sign that safety Jabrill Peppers (ankle) was able to participate on a limited basis, considering he did not get on the field last week and missed the loss to the Rams. LB Kyler Fackrell (neck) and S Adrian Colbert (neck) were also limited. LB Oshane Ximines (shoulder) did not practice.


Four Cowboys did not practice, including three starters: LT Tyron Smith (neck), C Joe Looney (knee) and DE Tyrone Crawford (ankle).