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Sun Nov 23, 8:30 PM - Cowboys at Giants

Giants (3-7) vs Cowboys (7-3)
Last week the Cowboys were on a bye coming off a 31-17 win against the Jaguars in London. Tony Romo, sidelined for one week because of a back injury, played in that game and threw three touchdowns.
With the Eagles losing, the Giants could have moved up a notch last week in front of all their home fans. They even scored a rare opening drive touchdown, and could have beaten the 49ers with just a few more good plays, but instead lost 16-10.
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Dallas Cowboys
Can Tony Romo's career last long enough for him to win a Super Bowl or at least another playoff game? Romo has taken his lumps and they just keep coming his way. Aside from having back surgery in the offseason, Romo recently fractured two small bones in his back in a Monday night overtime loss to Washington. That kept him out of the next game against the Arizona Cardinals, which they also lost. The sensible thing might seem to rest your star starting quarterback instead of having him travel to London to play the Jaguars, a 1-8 team at that point. With the bye coming right after that, it would have given Romo a total of four weeks of rest before taking another hit on the playing field.
Taking no chances (except to Romo), after backup Brandon Weeden failed to deliver against the Cardinals, Romo started and played well in a 31-17 win over the Jaguars.
Despite some great quarterback play and a never say die attitude, the Cowboys know they need to keep Romo as healthy as possible in this game against the Giants. There's not much of a break coming up for the Cowboys as they will host Philadelphia in a big game next Thursday that could determine who rules the division.

Dallas Cowboys Offense
The Cowboys always tend to put a lot on quarterback Tony Romo. Now after last season, seeing DeMarco Murray run for 1121 yards, the first time one of their running backs edged over 1000 since 2006, they've put more of the offensive load on him as well. Murray already has 1233 yards on the season, but in the last three games he has been given exactly 19 carries each game, while averaging 30 in the three games prior. Murray did suffer an injury playing against the Giants right before his drop in carries. Was that a factor in those last 19 carry games, two losses and one win, or are they just being more cautious with him?
Dez Bryant is the leading receiver on the team with 56 receptions for 793 yards and 8 touchdowns. He had a good outing last time against the Giants with 9 catches for 151 yards, but Prince Amukamara kept him out of the end zone. Tight end
Jason Witten has 39 receptions for 431 yards and while that's low for him, the Cowboys are using him to block while running the ball more and throwing to Bryant whenever possible.

Dallas Cowboys Defense
They have done surprisingly well considering expectations going into this season. Rod Marinelli was promoted from line coach to take over as the new defensive coordinator for this last place defense and has them ranked 15th in the league. Defensive end DeMarcus Ware was their all-time sacks leader and he's playing in Denver now. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher led the team last year with 11 sacks, and he's in Washington.
Middle linebacker Sean Lee was on injured reserve from the start and Rolando McClain has filled his role although he has missed two games including the last one. This defense is much better when he plays and he looks good to go for this game. Last time they held running back Andre Williams to only 51 yards on 18 carries, but now they'll be facing Rashad Jennings and a more experienced Odell Beckham Jr.

Giants offense
Eli Manning threw five interceptions and took most of the blame after last week's loss to San Francisco, but it's hard to try and make things work playing behind a poor offensive line. It grew much 'poorer' after right tackle Justin Pugh left in the second quarter and was replaced by offensive lineman Charles Brown. Brown is no longer with the team, and unfortunately Pugh won't be back for this game. It looks like offseason acquisition Geoff Schwartz (dislocated right big toe) will be playing for the first time this season so there could be some shuffling on the line, but what else is new? Unlike the sudden switch last week, at least they'll come into this game knowing where they stand from the first snap.
Running back Rashad Jennings was just back after missing four games and played a less than average game compared to his others, but that was to be expected. This week the rust will be gone and Jennings should do better. Odell Beckham Jr. makes himself a great target for Manning and
Rueben Randle made some nice catches for 112 yards last week, but both were able to connect with less than half the hurried passes thrown their way. Tight end Larry Donnell managed to pull in three, averaging 18 yards a catch, and he had the only Giants touchdown in the game. Last time against the Cowboys, Donnell caught all seven passes from Manning, but he mucked that up by fumbling two away. Donnell has grown in his position since then and could be the game changer they need.

Giants defense
They weren't the problem in last week's loss to San Francisco and they know what they have to do against the Cowboys this week. DeMarco Murray ran on them 28 times for 128 yards last time they played and he was out for a time with an injury. The Cowboys will be coming at them with the league's second-ranked rushing attack (153.2 yards per game), while the Giants sit dead last at stopping the run (145 per game). Jason Pierre-Paul and Johnathan Hankins are good run stoppers, but they only control one side of the field and the others need to step up. Unfortunately Mathias Kiwanuka has been limited because of a knee sprain.
Since his last back injury Tony Romo has played one game and rested, but if the Giants could get some touches, if not sacks, it could make him edgy enough to make mistakes. Romo's not likely to run with the ball if a play breaks down in his current condition even if an opportunity looks good, so the Giants get a small break there.
Prince Amukamara was in that last Cowboys game, but is on injured reserve so Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ( back, hamstring problems) will have to cover Dez Bryant and hopefully be available for more plays, otherwise there's Zack Bowman, Jayron Hosley and Chykie Brown.

The Cowboys are gearing up for a possible playoff spot while having four of their final six games on the road and it all starts Sunday at MetLife stadium with the Giants. They are the only team left in the NFL with an undefeated 4-0 road record and that even included a long trip to London. They have enjoyed a bye week and are probably looking forward to facing a 3-7 team to start things off.
For the Giants, the playoffs are an after thought or maybe no thought at all. Right now they are playing just to keep their heads above water. The last time their record was this poor Jim Fassel was coaching and he managed to get them to 8-8. Tom Coughlin will have to have his group go 5-1 to accomplish that same task. The way it worked out this will be the first time the Giants play against a division team at home and despite any records or how anything finishes it will mean something to them to win in front of their loyal fans. The last two remaining home games are also against division teams Washington and Philadelphia.

NFC East
On Sunday, before the Giants play against the Cowboys, the Eagles (7-3) host the Titans (2-7 ) at 1:00pm. The Redskins (3-7) play in San Francisco against the 49ers (6-4) at 4:25pm. The Cowboys and Eagles are favored to win in these games. Check out.
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