This morning when Tony and Jason and Demarcus and Felix and Gerald woke up they knew where they were. In the town that owns their souls….New York, or to be more accurate East Rutherford. The New York Giants defeated the Cowboys in heartbreaking fashion in Dallas week 14 of last season and then mopped the floor against the Cowboys in the final regular season game. That final game of the season determined the NFC East champion, which gave the Giants their opportunity to make their magical run to a Superbowl Championship.
Unfortunately for the Giants this season, they will not have the opportunity to pick on the horrible cornerback, Terrence Newman. Newman was bad even when he was making Pro Bowls to give you an idea of how abominable of a player he was. Dallas’ first round pick Morris Claiborne should be an improvement over Newman, but it is hard to expect a lot out of him in his first professional game against a very good offensive passing game. Also do not forget, that even though Dallas may have improved their cornerbacks, their safeties are still hideous players.
There are two things to keep an eye on while watching the Giants tonight. Will Hakeem Nicks look comfortable playing at full speed on that newly healed broken foot? And can Michael Coe keep up against the talented Cowboys receivers or will Jayron Hosley be playing as the number two cornerback before the night is over?
Now here’s the rub in this game. Can the porous Dallas offensive line keep Tony Romo clean. Romo makes boneheaded plays with good protection, but when he is pressured by an excellent Giants defensive front, he has a habit of assisting New York in a win. The Cowboys offensive line has been bad for some time now, but have been helped by a mobile Tony Romo and a good blocking tight ends Martellus Bennett and Jason Witten who will both not being dressing for Dallas tonight.
With all of that in mind the New York Giants will win a hard fought game tonight 30-24. For whatever reason the Cowboys always play above their heads when they lace up against the Giants, and tend to play like dogs against the Eagles. They may not always beat the Giants, but they usually play hard, just not hard enough.