Friday, October 31, 2008

Tony Romo-less Cowboys face difficult task at Giants Stadium

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants
Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 4:15 EST - FOX
Giants Stadium - The Meadowlands
Giants -8.5

Last season, the Dallas Cowboys won the two regular season games, however, when it counted the most, the New York Football Giants went into Texas Stadium and won the Divisional Playoff game 21-17...Dallas leads the all-time series 54-36-2...the Giants hold a 17-14 edge in games played at Giants Stadium...

As known, the Cowboys are a banged up bunch...they have the 21st ranked defense...they are ranked 17th in scoring defense (23.0 points/game)...on the offense, Dallas is ranked 2nd overall...they are 10th in the league in scoring offense (25.3 game)...the 120 yards per game on the ground ranks them 10th...

The Giants offense and defense are ranked in the top 10...on offense, the G-men are ranked 7th overall and have the number 1 rushing offense in the NFL with 157.3 yards/game...the Giants defense is ranked 3rd overall...they lead the league in sacks with 26 and have allowed only 3 rushing TDs all year...

Quick Numbers
Offensive Numbers
Dal - Rushing per game - 120 yards
NYG - Rushing per game - 157 yards

Dal - Passing per game - 245 yards
NYG - Passing per game - 221 yards

Defensive Numbers
Dal - Rushing allowed - 94 yards
NYG - Rushing allowed - 83 yards

Dal - Passing allowed - 204 yards
NYG - Passing allowed - 185 yards

- Dallas is 20-20 over the last 3 years in all games against the spread...

What the experts say

Power Sweep - New York 33-13
The Gold Sheet - New York 38-17

Dallas Cowboys (4-3) - Head Coach Wade Phillips
Brian Davis of the Dallas Morning News gives his mid-season report card on the Cowboys... "Just like the Dow, the Cowboys have fallen from last year's highs. With eight games remaining, it's time for the team to start a rally in hopes of zooming up the standings and into the playoffs." ...

  • Brian Davis

  • Cedric Golden of the Austin American-Statesman writes about Dallas' win over Tampa Bay... "These are the new-look Cowboys. Led by a 40-year-old quarterback whose arm strength was questioned even when he was in his 20s; a head coach who seems to take more delight in opponent's missed field goals than his team's touchdowns, rare as they are these days; and joined by a Detroit Lions refugee wide receiver who is no stranger to this state but just plain happy to be here." ...
  • Cedric Golden

  • Sports Illustrated did a nice shoot of 24 photos of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders...
  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

  • Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News writes how the Cowboys should play loose on Sunday since they are expected to lose... "Anyway, if the Browns can beat the Giants and the Chiefs can beat the Broncos and the Rams can beat the Cowboys ... you get the picture. Because the Cowboys are so universally expected to lose, they have nothing to lose. They can play without fear. If there are no consequences to actions, then mistakes are impossible." ...
  • Tim Cowlishaw

  • Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News writes how Marion Barber is a workout freak... "Late in the morning, the Cowboys running back – and more than 30 teammates – showed up at Valley Ranch to get in a workout with Juraszek, the team's strength and conditioning coach. And on his other off day, Tuesday, Barber was back in the weight room." ...
  • Todd Archer

  • New York Giants (6-1) - Head Coach Tom Coughlin
    Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reviews what happened in the Giants locker after the Steelers win and how Justin Tuck hates the Cowboys... "On their wa
    y into the visitors' locker room at Heinz Field, general manager Jerry Reese was there to shake the hand of every player and coach, saving a quick hug and hearty back-slap for a few select individuals. In every corner of the large room, the laughter and outward sense of accomplishment served as a reminder that even Super Bowl champions are capable of finding new mountains to climb." ...
  • Paul Schwartz

  • Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News writes how the Giants have a golden opportunity to stick it to Dallas... "The Giants (6-1) could build a huge cushion over the Cowboys (4-3) with a win on Sunday that would make Dallas an afterthought in the NFC East race." ...
  • Ralph Vacchiano

  • Matt Mosley of ESPN's blog network writes how the image of Eli Manning and Tony Romo have changed since their last meeting at the Meadowlands... "If someone told you on Nov. 11, 2007, that Eli Manning would be the MVP of Super Bowl XLII, you probably would've laughed. On that fall afternoon, Manning threw two interceptions and was sacked five times in a 31-20 loss to the Cowboys at Giants Stadium." ...
  • Matt Mosley

  • Steve Serby of the New York Post warns the Giants not to take the Cowboys lightly... "Don't you dare believe you are Supermen, immune to Kryptonite, who can strut onto your home field and wait for the wounded Cowboys to swoon at your feet. Don't believe the hype because this becomes a trap game if you do." ...
  • Steve Serby
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