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Cowboys Welcome Giants

New York Giants (4-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (1-4)
Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
When: Monday Night 8:30 pm EST
Media: ESPN

Are you ready for some football?  The fans of the Dallas Cowboys sure hope their team is on Monday.  The Cowboys will welcome the division rival New York Giants to Cowboys Stadium for a primetime matchup. The Cowboys enter the game on a two-game losing streak, while the Giants are boasting a three-game win streak and first place in the division.

There is no love lost in the rivalry. The Giants were the first opponent to play in the “Living Room” known as Cowboys Stadium. They took the game to the Cowboys and held on for a 33-31 victory. The game was even more irritating for Cowboys fans when they found out that Eli Manning had written “First Win In New Stadium” on the wall in the visitor’s locker room. While both teams have drastically different records, neither team has played to it’s potential.

The Cowboys have been bitten by penalties and costly turnovers. The Giants have also struggled with the turnover battle. Both teams will look to right the ship when they clash on Monday night.

The Giants
The Giants are boasting the leagues second best defense. They have been extraordinary in putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. While the Giants have 21 sacks so far this season, half of those came in game against the Bears. Opposing quarterbacks know they cannot just sit on their laurels and survey the field. The Giants front four have also been really successful stripping the ball in the last two weeks, they forced three fumbles last week against the Lion quarterbacks. The key for the Giants defense will be to contain the Cowboys running game and force them into long third downs in which the defensive front can tee off on the Cowboys passing attack. If the Cowboys can run the ball it will make them a lot harder to stop.

On offense the Giants need to protect Eli Manning. Manning has mental lapses when he is faced with a lot of pressure. He is one of the most turnover prone quarterbacks when pressured. The Cowboys have a good pass rush and tend to put a lot of pressure on opposing offenses. Look for the Giants to use RB Ahmad Bradshaw to slow down the rush. Bradshaw leads the league in runs over 20 yards with 8 already this season. He is also a good blocker and receiver out of the backfield. Bradshaw will be key in this game in all three areas.

The Cowboys
The Cowboys problems are widely known. The make too many mistakes with penalties and turnovers. While the coaching staff had referees at practice on Thursday, it might not make a difference. After 6 weeks the Cowboys are third in the league in penalties and they have had their bye already. The Cowboys are a very formidable team if they play clean, something they have not been able to do this year. The Cowboys will look to the same game plan that they had last week in Minnesota: run the ball. Expect both Felix Jones and Marion Barber to get a lot of carries this week. QB Tony Romo will look to minimize the mistakes through the air and move the Cowboys down the field. If the Boys can get their running attack going they will be able to go to play action to get some big gains down the field against the Giants back end.

On defense look for the Cowboys to continue to play aggressive and pressure Manning into making some mistakes. As always, the Cowboys will try to stop the run first and force the Giants to beat them in the air. With CB Mike Jenkins already receiving 4 pass interference penalties, look for the Giants to target him. He has said all week that his confidence is not shaken, and that he will continue to play aggressively. LB DeMarcus Ware will continue to line up on the weak side and try to get to Manning. If the Cowboys can stop Bradshaw like they did to Peterson last week, they will have a great chance to take down New York.

Things To Watch
1) Penalties – If the Cowboys continue to average 10 penalties a game they will not pull this game out either.

2) WR Dez Bryant – Look for Bryant to rebound after not making a crucial catch at the end of the Minnesota game. Bryant has been upset with himself all week and cannot wait to get back on the field.

3) CB Mike Jenkins – The Giants will go after him trying to draw more flags.

4) Cowboys Kick Coverage – It is widely known that the coverage unit has been dreadful so far this season. Look for the Giants to exploit that and for Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis to turn it around this week.

While I have been wrong the last 2 weeks I expect the Cowboys to pull this one out and try to resurrect their season. Cowboys 31-17.

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3 Responses to “Cowboys Welcome Giants”

  1. This is pretty much it for Dallas. A quality team with a terrible record. If they can’t find a win tonight they will pretty much be deciding the fate of their season. Disappointing considering the hype coming in.

  2. Alex Weston says:

    I think you’re right on with that comment. If the Boys can’t pull this game out they might as well start getting a lot of their young guys some good playing time and get ready for next year. Maybe even find that elusive Nickel linebacker they seem to have so much trouble developing. I can’t imagine that this team will come out flat tonight. The players have to know this is it!!! Go Cowboys!

  3. Samuraicamera says:

    I would not go as far as to call them a quality team. Too laid back of a coaching style has not stopped the penalties that have plagued Dallas for years. Blown offensive line assignments have allowed teams with power defense to exploit sacks and hurries on the QB. Finally they always seem to lack the ability to fix what is wrong on a weekly basis allowing even marginal teams to exploit those weaknesses.

    Wade Phillips needs to go, Dave Campo needs to be fired immediately. Jerry should just coach the team himself so he can fail so he can realize that he needs a real coach in there and that he needs to quit being a control freak. I don’t see them getting more than 6 wins out of this season.

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