The Giants will make a trip to Texas Sunday Night to begin what they hope to be a successful run to the playoffs; And a run is what they will need. The Giants got a nice effort from the running game yesterday and that will need to continue for the foreseeable future. Eli Manning has backed up his words with his actions this season. He is an Elite QB and definitely in the top 5 or 6 in the league.
The Cowboys have been a very inconsistent team this entire season. For the first part of the season they had no running attack, then they found DeMarco Murray. Murray has rushed for 5.4 yards per carry in the 10 games he has played. Now they have a more balanced attack, but make no mistakes this is a team that wins and loses with Tony Romo. Even when the defense has had exceptional days, Romo can put points on the board for either team at any time.
The Giants defense should be able to get pressure on the Cowboys Qb this week. They have allowed 25 sacks this year, that’s two a game against teams that have half the pass rushing talent of the New York Giants. The Cowboys allow 100 yards a game rushing and 5.5 yards per play on defense. They still have a weak secondary that the likes of Nicks, Cruz, Ballard, Beckum, Manningham(?) and others should be able to exploit. The question will be can the Giants run the ball effectively enough to keep Eli upright. If the Giants go back to being a one dimensional team, they will be eaten up by the Cowboys pass rush. Stay balanced, hit big plays, and keep Romo under pressure and force him into mistakes.
Injury Update: This of course will change as the week progresses but initially it looks like Kenny Phillips will be missing for the next two weeks and Osi is still out. OL Stacey Andrews will be out for the remainder of the season with blood clots that moved from his legs to his lungs.