Looking back at Week 7, the Cowboys were entering the game against the Giants just two games back in NFC East and still had control of how their season was going to pan out. That all went out the window when Michael Boley and the Giants put Tony Romo out for 6-8 week and sent the Cowboys’ season into a downward spiral. The boys’ have played treacherous their last two weeks, getting blown out by both Jacksonville and Green Bay. Everyone knows the rest of the story.
Now entering Week 10, the Cowboys are coming into New Meadowlands Stadium with new head coach, Jason Garrett, looking to show some spark. With no where to go but up, the Cowboys are going to play hard this Sunday looking to prove to the rest of the league and GM, Jerry Jones, that they deserve some respect and can still compete this season in the NFL.
As everyone knows, the Giants O-Line is beat up and the Cowboys defense minus Marcus Spears is still dangerous. With nothing to lose, the Giants need to be careful this week when protecting Eli Manning because you know the Cowboys would like nothing better than returning the favor to Manning. It has been a hop topic leading up to this weeks game on local New York sports talk radio. Although Boley’s tackle on Romo in week 7 was clean tackle, former NFL quarterbacks and fans have criticized Boley’s hit. The criticism being, there was no need for Boley to take Romo down with all his weight after the ball was released. Boley had this to say about the hit:
I can’t talk for Boley or any of the players in the league on their intentions when they go out to play, but you know these guys are beasts out there when playing and injuries are part of the game. If any critisism is being laid, it should be on Cowboys rookie fullback, Chris Gronkowski, for completely missing his blocking assignment and letting Boley through untouched. However, as everyone knows quarterbacks and fans are going to stick up for their own just as I’m sure if any linebacker in the league were asked if Boley’s hit was cheap, they would disagree.
Eli went through the first game against the Cowboys virtually untouched, putting up 306 yards and 4 TD’s and since then the Giants have been clicking, unleashing their complete offensive and defensive repertoire. If the Giants go out on Sunday and take care of business like they have been showing they can, I am sure this whole conversation will be irrelevant. But after watching too many – would be – successful Giants seasons squandered by stupid mistakes and careless injuries over the years, you can’t help but letting it cross your mind leading up to this weeks game.