The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants first met in week one of the NFL season and the Cowboys played what may have been their best game of the season. This time the Cowboys will face the Giants at Cowboys Stadium where they hope to repeat their success from their 24-17 victory and use the momentum to start playing some consistent football. The Cowboys have been extremely inconsistent this season, but with all the talk that has been going back and forth between the Cowboys and Giants this week, we expect Big D to be ready for this game.
This will also be the Cowboys second divisional game of the season, which is surprising because they play the Giants twice before they play the Eagles or Redskins. However, the Cowboys will have the perfect opportunity to get an advantage of the Giants by sweeping them in the season series, and that will give the Cowboys an advantage over the Giants in a situation where the two teams finish the season with the same record.
This game the Cowboys are the ones with the injuries while the Giants have been extremely fortunate this year and they continue to have their injured players returning to the field while Dallas has players leaving the field. DeMarco Murray is out for this key match-up, and Sean Lee, who has played extremely well against the Giants in the past, is out for the season. With those two players out the Cowboys will need Felix Jones and Dan Connor to fill the holes left by the two stars.
For Dallas to win this game, they will need their star receivers to out perform the star receivers of the Giants like they did in week one. If Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and maybe even Kevin Ogletree can outplay Cruz, Nicks, Hixon, and Bennett, then the Cowboys will be able to take this game from the Giants. But in order to do so, Demarcus Ware and the Cowboys defense needs to to put constant pressure on Eli Manning and not allow him to get comfortable in the pocket.