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Giants Cowboys Game Preview

This week, the 1-0 Giants invade Dallas, as the 1-0 Cowboys open up their gigantic stadium in this NFC East clash. Both teams looked impressive in opening day wins. This will be a good test for both.

INJURIES:

DT Chris Canty (calf), OL Adam Koets (ankle), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), LB Clint Sintim (groin) and RB Danny Ware (elbow)  have been declared out.

CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring) and S Kenny Phillips (knee)  are listed as Questionable.

LB Michael Boley (hip) and S Michael Johnson (shoulder)  are listed as probable for Sunday.

DALLAS: S Michael Hamlin (Wrist) and LB Jason Williams (Ankle) are out. LB Curtis Johnson (Hamstring), QB Stephen McGee (Knee), QB Tony Romo (Ankle), and S Gerald Sensabaugh (Chest) are probable.

OFFENSE:

Let’s face it: Outside of some red zone deficiencies, the Giants offense looked pretty damn good last week against the Redskins. They were able to move the ball, Eli was protected and the receivers stepped up. This week should only be better. The Cowboys have a pretty porous run defense, as evidenced by the 164 yards the Bucs gained on the ground. The Giants have a better running game and offensive line than Tampa. The Giants should set the tone with the running game, and don’t abandon it. Most likely, the Boys will stack the box, leaving room for the passing game to open up. The Giants offense should not be a problem Sunday night.

DEFENSE:

This might be more of a problem, and it’s only really in the secondary. The Giants will HAVE to get a consistent pass rush. With a depleted secondary, the Giants can’t have Tony Romo throwing all over the place. Their limited secondary worked against the Redskins, because Jason Campbell is not as good as Romo. Romo, if given time, will exploit holes in a defense. That’s why the Giants pass rush has to be better than it was against Washington, and it was good then. Corey Webster has to shut down Roy Williams, and Terrell Thomas has to contain Patrick Crayton. Michael Boley, in his first game back, has to slow down Jason Witten. I’m not as concerned with the running game, because the run defense for the Giants is so good. But, it has to start with a pass rush, so that we don’t have to rely on Bruce Johnson for a big play. Once Aaron Ross is back, this will be a lot better. But, because of the injuries, we need other parts to step up, such as the line. Otherwise, it could be a long day.

THE COWBOYS:

The Cowboys are opening up their huge new stadium on Sunday night. We could see upwards of 100,000 folks there, with almost all of them rooting for Dallas. Not a good situation for the Giants. If the Cowboys get a few stops early, the crowd will be crazy. Controlling the crowd by controlling the clock will be huge.

The main key to beating the Cowboys is containing DeMarcus Ware. Arguably the best defensive player in the NFL, Ware can’t be stopped. But he can be slowed down, with increased protection, and some help for David Diehl. And again, a pass rush on Tony Romo will be extra important.

PREDICTION:

I really, really don’t like this matchup for the Giants. With the new stadium opening, Dallas will be pumped up. And that’s not to say the Giants can’t keep it close. I just think that the stadium will be the 12th, 13th and 14th man. The Giants can win with a strong clock control offense. I just don’t know if that can happen on Sunday. FINAL SCORE: Dallas 21, Giants 14

COVERAGE:

As always, GiantsGab has got you covered for the game. Follow our Twitter page, as we’ll be tweeting during the game. Check back at halftime for our feature “Halftime Thoughts”, where we break down the first half, and tell you what to expect in the second. Hang out after the game for all the post game info you need. GiantsGab is Giants Central!

OTHER INFO:

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3 Responses to “Giants Cowboys Game Preview”

  1. Andrew Ilnicki says:

    If anyone can spoil a good time down there, its the Gmen.

  2. […] Giants Cowboys Game PreviewThis week, the 1-0 Giants invade Dallas, as the 1-0 Cowboys open up their gigantic stadium in this NFC East clash. Both teams looked impressive in opening day wins. This will be a good test for both. […]

  3. Definately looking forward to Romo proving himself without TO

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