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Cowboys Understandably Underdogs To Giants On Sunday

All reports out of Valley Ranch this week and by every media source east and west of the Mississippi have the Cowboys as underdogs in this week’s game against the archrival New York Giants on the road.  Most of the Cowboys players themselves understand and actually are happy to be seen in this light as opposed to the preseason hype that practically guaranteed they’d be in the Super Bowl.

With the injury list having the likes of Tony Romo, Felix Jones, Terrence Newman, Anthony Henry, and Jason Witten on it, it is clear why things look grim for this week’s game as the Cowboys are just “limping in” to it, to use a poker phrase.  Last week the defense stepped up and played an excellent game at home against the Buccaneers, but this week they will have to go on the road to face a tough Giants team that hasn’t lost at home this season and has a two-game lead in the NFC East. 

While all of this does seem to play right into the Giants’ hands, everyone seems to have overlooked the David v. Goliath syndrome that has played out all season.  Dallas has received a lot of criticism due to already having three losses to match all of last year’s total and not playing “up to their potential” in most of their wins this season.  The fact is that every team that they’ve played has played either their best game or one of their best games against the Cowboys.  Cincinatti and Washington played virtually perfect games with no turnovers and few penalties, as did most of the other teams the Cowboys faced.  This is now the very same scenario that Dallas faces tomorrow. 

They will have to play one of their best games, if not the best game, of this season at only it’s half-way point if they are to beat the Giants on Sunday.  That means good special teams play, fewer penalties and either zero to one turnover.  It means everyone has to pick up their blocking assignments on pass protection and the offensive line has to create some open spaces for the running game.  On defense, the young secondary has to not allow any big plays to the Giants’ receivers and the D-line has to stop Brandon Jacobs.

None of these things are impossible as we’ve seen played out all season in other games, specifically two Monday nights ago when the Cleveland Browns handily defeated these same Giants on their home field, which I’m quite certain the film of which the Cowboys have analyzed and re-analyzed quite closely.  Someone told me that the true sign of a die-hard fan is to believe in their team at all costs, so I’m going to show my true fandom and predict the Cowboys to win this Sunday, 20-17.  Nick Folk will once again be the hero by hitting a last-second game winner from a long distance.

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