This Sunday, we have the 8-3, first place in the NFC East Dallas Cowboys heading to New York/Jersey to play their last game in Giants stadium against the 6-5 New York ‘football’ Giants.
Need I say more, these two teams do not like each other, that is a given. New York came into Dallas and beat the Cowboys earlier this season in the first loss at new Dallas stadium. It has been rumoured that Giants quarterback, Eli Manning left some scribble in the visitor’s locker room in new Dallas stadium of that effect (beat the Cowboys in their new building motto). Clearly the Cowboys role this Sunday will be to not let that happen again and try and win the game and make it all that harder for the Giants to see any post-season this year.
This game has a HUGE impact on the outcome of this season for both teams. A Cowboy win will almost put a playoff hope out of range for the Giants (as said in above paragraph), a Giant win and it makes an already close NFC East that much closer with the Philadelphia Eagles sitting at 7-4 and on the road in Atlanta this Sunday.
As noted in previous blogs, my key word of this season for the Cowboys is execute. In order for the Cowboys to win they will have to fully define execute. Lets start with offence, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will have to hold onto the ball as long as possible, see all his receivers and hand the ball off and hope we can all scream ‘first down Cowboys’. I don’t want to dwell on the Giants but of late they have not been able to execute very well and if things go the way they have of late for the Giants than look for the Cowboys to come out victorious on Sunday. How about defense? The Cowboy defense must shut down all gaps, holes and not allow the Giants to run the ball at all. This will force Giants QB Eli Manning to throw and hopefully not very well and maybe the Dallas defense can create some turnovers and give the ball back to Romo and company/offence. Humm, special teams, the next aspect of execute. When I say special teams, that goes from kick-offs, punts, all returns, field goals (Nick Folk everybody), all very important in my definition of execute if we want to see a Cowboy victory on Sunday.
Game time is 4:15, Sunday, be there or be nowhere, as always comments, questions, concerns…..Go Cowboys, lets hope the A-squad shows up….
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Written by Glenn Stants