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Sun Oct 19, 4:25 PM - Giants at Cowboys

Giants (3-3) vs Cowboys (5-1)
Last Sunday the Cowboys surprised a lot of people with their 30-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks. The defending Super Bowl champs don't lose at home. They just don't, but they did and now the Cowboys are being talked up as a team that's putting it all together at the right time.
The Giants surprised a lot of people too, but not in a good way. The Eagles handed them a sounding 27-0 beating on Sunday night in front of a national audience. It killed the Giants encouraging three game win streak and makes them look like easy pickings as they head off to Dallas this week.
Giants - Eagles Wrap-Up

Dallas Cowboys
Playing fantasy football is a lot of fun and as Owner, President, and General Manager, Jerry Jones gets to do it for real. His fantasy for a long while now has been to win a Super Bowl or at very least get into the playoffs. How's Jerry been doing with this? Well for one thing, he tends to start the same quarterback year after year, and even recently balked at picking up highly regarded prospect Johnny Manziel for his team. The Cowboys were in the top five in scoring points last year but one real costly mistake was Jones dropping defensive coordinator Rob Ryan from the team. The Cowboys ended up with the worst ranked defense in the league and despite an offense that ended in the top five in putting points on the board, they lost three games by just one point. Just winning one of those games could have made all the difference. The Cowboys still had a shot for a playoff berth in their very last game with a win over the Eagles, but lost 24-22. Once again no playoffs, and the Cowboys have the distinction of being only the third team in NFL history to finish with three straight 8-8 records.
Those are Jason Garrett's numbers in his three full seasons as head coach, but now he's got the team off to a great 5-1 start looking to break that mediocre trend.
Tony Romo currently has a 68-46 regular season win loss record and is one of the top ten quarterbacks in career passer ratings. The big knock is that the other nine quarterbacks have combined to win 14 Super Bowls and the Cowboys have had just one lone playoff win since 1996. Is it Romo, or is it the supporting cast? Jones seems to have made some good decisions in that area going into this year, so we'll see.

Dallas Cowboys Offense
Tony Romo's detractors, who insist he can't win the big ones, should be reminded that he didn't blow that last season game that kept the Cowboys out of the 2013 playoffs. Romo was recovering from back surgery and did not play. They might laugh and remind you that the Cowboys are doing well keeping the ball out of Romo's hands. Well, sort of, as it's true that Romo has thrown the least amount of passes in these first six games than when he became a starter in 2007, but it's all more of a commitment to the running game rather than for any concerns. Despite a poor first game home opener and loss to San Francisco, where Romo threw 3 interceptions, he has completed 68.6 percent of all his passes.
Dez Bryant is the top receiver with 36 catches for 439 yards and he's scored four touchdowns, but Romo was only able to connect with him on four of the ten passes that went his way last week. Terrance Williams, coming off his rookie year, replaces Miles Austin, playing opposite Bryant and he has a team high 5 touchdowns on 18 catches. Reliable tight end and nine time Pro Bowler Jason Witten last week caught a touchdown and became only the second tight end in NFL history to have 900 receptions.
DeMarco Murray ran for over 1000 yards last season (1121) and it was the first time since 2006 that any running back on this team did that. Murray hasn't stopped running, already has 785 yards, and currently leads all the top other running backs by at least 243 yards. Joseph Randle stole (bad joke) some of Murray's thunder by having the longest run of the game - 38 yards. Randle will be playing despite his shoplifting incident the day after the game. If you go overboard to stop the run, they'll hit you with play-action to Williams, Bryant and Witten.

Dallas Cowboys Defense
They've made some coaching changes this year with Monte Kiffin being named as assistant head coach/defense and Rod Marinelli was promoted from line coach to take over as the new defensive coordinator. Marinelli, a former head coach with the Detroit Lions, keeps the defensive schemes as simple as possible for his players and that has worked very well for the younger ones on the team. They have been assisted by their offense having a running game that has them on the field less.
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. The Cowboys gave up a third round pick to get pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence in round two, but he's on injured reserve. It's a good thing they picked up Henry Melton in free agency. He's worked under Marinelli previously and leads the team with 1.5 sacks.
Middle linebacker Sean Lee is on injured reserve, and Rolando McClain has that role now. McClain was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, selected by the Oakland Raiders. He was released by the team in 2013, and McClain signed with the Baltimore Ravens. A month later McClain announced his retirement and didn't play at all last year. The Cowboys made a deal with the Ravens for McClain and so far it has worked out surprisingly well for them. McClain leads the team with 2 interceptions. The secondary, Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick, Sterling Moore and Barry Church have played at their best by far in the last two games. Considering the year they were coming off of, and the players they lost to free agency and injuries, you have to give Marinelli a lot of credit for them being ranked 15th in total defense.

Giants offense
Things did not go well last week to say the least. A few times Eli Manning held the ball too long, but overall he was let down by his offensive line. Justin Pugh, with a solid year under his belt, played as poorly as a surprised rookie who was suddenly called into the game not knowing what to expect. In fact the whole line behaved as though they were fearful of what the Eagles were going to do next. It makes you wonder how prepared they were for that matchup, and now they will be up against a defense that is not playing over its head.
To make matters worse, Manning lost a big key to his offense when Victor Cruz went down and out for the season, and once again, running back Rashad Jennings will miss this game. Andre Williams, assisted(?) by the line, was not that effective and they will have to show more to help keep pressure off Manning so he can pass down the field to Odell Beckham Jr. Preston Parker probably will be playing in Cruz's position in the slot, and all this puts Rueben Randle on the field as the number one receiver in terms of experience.

Giants defense
They already know the game plan will involve a lot of DeMarco Murray runs coming their way. He's had 43 more attempts than any other runner and has been very effective. The Seahawks were giving up an average of just over 62 yards a game on the ground this season and held Murray to 2 yards or less on six of his first 11 carries and he still ended up with 115 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. Murray also caught all six passes Tony Romo threw to him for another 31 yards. Middle linebacker Jon Beason brings a lot to this defense and he was just back last week after missing a few games. It would be great if he's back at full strength to help the run defense. Safety Antrel Rolle might have to assist as well. The Cowboys will be without starting right tackle Doug Free, but they do have good support in that area.
Aside from that, it's not easy to get to Tony Romo when he passes the ball. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a tough assignment last week up against Jason Peters. Now left tackle Tyron Smith is next up, so no break for Pierre-Paul. In the secondary Cornerback Rodgers-Cromartie is a question mark with his right side injury, if he even plays. Zack Bowman and Jayron Hosley have been getting more valuable experience with their playing time. The defense can't let down for a minute this week against the run or the pass.

When a team shakes off an embarrassing home opening loss and goes on to win five straight games for the first time in their head coach's tenure, the last one in Seattle upsetting the defending Super Bowl champions, you have to take them as serious contenders. They must be doing something right and in the Cowboys case it looks like everything. Last week they beat the Seahawks by blocking and running the ball. The defense contained quarterback Russell Wilson and they even stopped the run.
The Giants on the other hand started off with two losses, but were slowly putting things together held back with slight misgivings creeping in here and there. Then last week in Philadelphia, misgivings were all over the place. It started with the back and fourth between the players on both teams and continued into the game. How a Giants offensive lineman can bring himself to blatantly spear another player on the ground after the whistle, cost the team dearly when they needed to rebound, and then unremorsefully say, "That's football... That happens all the time." Doesn't he and the others know who their head coach is?
Where is the Tom Coughlin we used to know and love, or - something like that? I seem to remember a while back when a player commented after a loss we were 'out coached' and there was hell to pay. Maybe some of that happened last week as well. The Eagles, playing above their skill levels, sure seemed to know what to do while the Giants, playing way below theirs, seemed to have no clue. Maybe the 'out coached' thing is about all that's off limits on this team at this point.
The Giants are about to face a very dangerous team, one really much better than the Eagles, and they're about to fall off a steep division cliff in the process if they fail. Will we see some of the old 'do it against all odds' Giants spirit resurface? Will some of the old 'no-nonsense just play football' coach Coughlin (like me or not) show it's face at a time when the team needs it, when all its mental fortitude is required to recover from from losing one of it's favorite teammates to a horrible season ending injury? I know what I'd like to see, but your guess is as good as mine.

NFC East
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