Giants Cowboys Game Preview

Weren’t we just here a few weeks ago? The 1-7, with a new coach, Dallas Cowboys are heading to the Meadowlands to take on the 6-2 Giants. The Cowboys are in turmoil. The Giants are riding high. Should be fun. Let’s break it down.

INJURIES:

GIANTS:

OUT: C Shaun O’Hara (ankle/Achilles), FB Madison Hedgecock (hamstring), WR Steve Smith (pectoral), PR/KR Darius Reynaud (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: OL Will Beatty (foot)
PROBABLE:  DE Osi Umenyiora (knee), LB Gerris Wilkinson (hand), RB Brandon Jacobs (illness)

Obviously, the big loss here is Steve Smith. Reliable Mr. Smith. This means Manningham and Barden need to step up. (More on this later)

COWBOYS:

OUT:  QB Tony Romo (left shoulder),DE Jason Hatcher (groin), DE Sean Lissemore (ankle)
PROBABLE:   LB Anthony Spencer (neck), G Montrae Holland (groin), LB Bradie James (knee), CB Terrence Newman (ribs)

OFFENSE:

The Giants offense has been great in recent weeks, but there’s one problem. Steve Smith is out this week and most likely next week as well. The safety valve. Mr. 3rd down. He’s been so helpful to Hakeem Nicks and the rest of the receivers, because his presence negates double teams. Now, Mario Manningham and Ramses Barden need to step up. They need to fill in that role. Add Travis Beckum and Kevin Boss to the mix too. When someone goes down, someone else needs to step up. They’ll also rely on the run game, which did great damage the last time it played Dallas. If losing Smith wasn’t enough, David Diehl and Shaun O’Hara are out. Shawn Andrews will fill in for Diehl. Rich Seubert will fill in for O’Hara, and either Mitch Petrus or Kevin Boothe will slide into left guard. This rag tag offensive line needs to watch out, as always, for DeMarcus Ware.

DEFENSE:

This defense is scary. Scary good. Ferocious pass rush. Great corners. Up and coming linebackers. They’ve got it all. With Jon Kitna back there, it should be a breeze. Of course, they have to keep their eyes on Dez Bryant, who had a big game a few weeks ago against them. For the defense to be successful, all they need to do is keep up the pass rush. If they do that, they will be fine.

THE COWBOYS:

Exit Wade Phillips. Enter Jason Garrett. It’s a new day in Big D, but will this day be brighter than the ones before it? Hard to tell. The Cowboys issue is that they never played hard. Will they play hard for Garrett? Hard to know. We’ll know when they step on the field. Cowboys are playing for pride. They’re out of the playoff mix. This is about showing their fans, and themselves, that they can play. Will they show up? Or will they be their usual selves? We’ll find out Sunday afternoon.

PREDICTION:

Giants Cowboys game are always nerve racking. Rivalry. Still, the Giants are the better team. Even with the injuries, they’re better. FINAL SCORE: Giants 35, Cowboys 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!


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One Response to “Giants Cowboys Game Preview”

  1. Chris says:

    They need to win to keep pace with the Falcons. The Giants will be in a dogfight in the playoffs, since N.O, Phil, Atlanta, are G.B. are also good. I can see anyone of them, including the Giants, make it to the Super Bowl. If they lose today, I think they slip behind those other four. BIG GAME!!!

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