The Giants are in the Jerry Jones Palace this afternoon, where they are 3-0 thus far. The Giants and Cowboys have played in some classic shootouts in Dallas’ new stadium, with the Giants coming out victorious each time. After their opening week loss to the Cowboys at home, the Giants are in need of a win against Dallas, while being 1-2 in the division. If the Giants fall to 1-3 it will be a tough hill to climb to set themselves up as the NFC East winners.
One thing that Coughlin is great at is motivating his team. And he will definitely need to do that today, because you cannot have the team walking into Dallas thinking they already won with their previous success there. Eli Manning is a very good leader as well and he will have his offense ready to play, whether they perform well, will likely depend on his arm.
Keys to the Game: I would like to see the Giants start fast on both ends of the football this afternoon. In just about all of the games this season, except for the one against Carolina, they have had slow starts. The Giants have only scored on their opening possession once this year. Which is kind of ironic for an offense as talented as theirs. The defense too, likes to start slow. They allow points early and a lot of times cannot generate a pass rush until the second half. These slow starts make for interesting games, but frustrating ones too.
The Giants’ defense have to take advantage of Romo’s mistakes. Tony Romo will make some key mistakes in every game he plays and it is up to the defense to make that interception or sack him when he does such silly things as he is accustomed to doing. The odd thing about Romo is that he performs well statistically against the Giants, but he usually ends up losing. Hopefully he loses again today.
New York cannot be so overly aggressive. Last week they were throwing the ball way too much and in situations where it made much better sense to keep the ball on the ground, than putting the ball at risk in the air. They should be able to develop a running game and have to trust it in tight situations. This will lead to easier wins in the future.
Injuries: Safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard were listed as doubtful, but I would not expect them to play. Bradshaw is questionable, but he will be on the field, but will probably run less with him and more with the backups, Brown and Wilson.
The Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is hurt as well, but he has been ruled out for today’s game. Felix Jones is hurt too, but he will play. Philip Tanner, Dallas’ third running back is going to have a lot of play. Their center Phil Costa, defensive lineman Sean Lissemore and safety Matt Johnson have also been ruled out.
Final Analysis: The Giants are looking for revenge after their celebratory opening home game loss. The Giants have had a lot of success in the Jerry Jones Palace, but they will need to be prepared for a desperate Cowboys team with their backs up against the wall. The biggest component of this game is that the Cowboys are so banged up that I think that they will be too worn down to be able to keep up with the Giants. New York will pull away late for the win. New York 27 Dallas 21.