The 10-6 Giants will have their hands full this week with the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys, and Cabo or no Cabo, the Cowboys will be coming out to play. That said the Giants have been alive in both games against the Cowboys, and if they can stay alive in all four quarters of the game they could pull the upset. Here will be the five keys of the game for the NY Giants to win.
1. Get Pressure Early and Often on Tony Romo: There is a general consensus out there that says you can frustrate Tony Romo and get him to make mistakes by the truck load if you can rush him through his natural progressions. Romo is known to be able to buy time outside of the pocket but he is also known to make ill-advised decisions as well. This isn’t the only reason you want to get to Tony Romo though. The Cowboys have far too many offensive weapons now, Terry Glenn, Terrell Owens, Jason Witten, and Patrick Crayton will all be playing Sunday and that’s just too many good players to risk a double coverage anywhere. Getting to Romo early on could alleviate the stress on the secondary. This is easier said than done, however, as the Giants in the previous two games have only gotten 1 sack per game.
2. Use Kevin Boss to Exploit Roy Williams in Pass Coverage: This is no secret here. Roy Williams is the weakest link on the Dallas Cowboys in pass coverage, and has really had a down year in just about every statistical category including the run. Kevin Boss is no Jeremy Shockey, but he won’t have to be. He just needs to be good enough to confuse Roy Williams in coverage. The only thing that might come back to hurt the Giants is if Kevin Boss just isn’t fast enough to throw Roy Williams off in his coverage scheme. If he can, it could be a long day for the Giants team.
3. Get Brandon Jacobs the Ball and Establish the Run Game Early: Brandon Jacobs has had a very good year in place of Tiki Barber. The Cowboys have had a very good year in stopping the run, but have fallen off in the last few weeks allowing teams to get 100 yards rushing. Even if the Cowboys get back to their old defensive ways stopping the run with ease, the Giants willingness to continue pounding the ball will allow more opportunities for the passing game to excel.
4. Do Not Underestimate the Abilities of Even an Injured T.O.: Terrell Owens had one of the best games during his career in the Super Bowl while still on the Philadelphia Eagles. Coincidentally he was coming off a broken leg and damaged ligaments to play that game. Friday, Wade Phillips announced that he expects T.O. to play this Sunday only three weeks removed from a high ankle sprain. If the Giants in tend to leave him in single coverage with the likes of Webster or a banged up Sam Madison, they could be in for a shock. Owens at even 75% is better than most of the receivers in this league.
5. Give Eli Manning Time: Eli Manning flourishes when his offensive line buys him enough time to find all of his receivers. If they do that again this week, he’ll have an excellent game against the Dallas Cowboys. On the other hand, if they allow DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis to break through the offensive line, Eli will start throwing interceptions instead of touchdowns. The Giants did a great job of protection through out the Tampa Bay game, and through the first three quarters of the Patriots game. The Cowboys have Sacked Eli Manning 6 times this season.