Cowboys (5-3) vs. Giants 6-1) Sunday, November 2, 3:15 PM CT on FOX
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Cowboys Are Huge Underdog Against Defending Champion Giants
After the defense stepped up in a 13-9 victory over the Bucs last wek, the Cwboys now head to Giants Stadium to take on the New York iants in a pivotal game.
A win would put the Cowboys right back in the NFC East race headed into their bye week, just a 1/2 game behind the Giants for first, but a loss would likely mean that they would have to start focusing on the wild card.
For the Cowboys to have any chance in this game, they will need to have a defensive performance similar to the one that they did against Tampa Bay. Without Tony Romo, the Dallas offense will not be able to match the Giants point for point in a shootout.
The task of stopping Eli Manning and the Giants will not be so easy though. The Giants rank 3rd in the NFL in total offense, and 8th in scoring offense. Stopping the three-headed monster that is the Giants’ running game will be crucial, especially Brandon Jacobs.
The Cowboys’ offense will once again be led by Brad Johnson. For the Cowboys to be effective on offense, the offensive line will have to protect Brad Johnson extremely well against the Giants fierce pass rush. Brad Johnson is not a very mobile quarterbck, and while Tony Romo can work his magic to escape the pressure most of the time, Brad Johnson can’t. If the offensive line doesn’t do its job, it will be a long day for the Cowboys.
Starting cornerback Anthony Henry (thigh), backup outside linebacker Anthony Spencer (hamstring), and backup safety Pat Watkins (neck) are probable. Starting tight end Jason Witten (cracked rib) did not practice all wek and is a game-time decision. Starting quarterback Tony Romo (broken finger), starting cornerback Terence Newman (abdomen), starting left guard Kyle Kosier (foot), and backup runningback Felix Jones (hamstring) are all listed as out, but could return after the bye.