The Dallas Cowboys Will Beat The New York Giants, Win NFC East
The Dallas Cowboys face the New York Giants for the NFC East title on Sunday Night Football. Here are the top reasons why the Tony Romo and the Cowboys will beat the Giants.
1. Tony Romo: First of all, Tony Romo is healthy. He’s practiced all week and he’s ready to go. Romo is going to crack 4,000 yards this season, has 29 TDs and only nine interceptions, and he’s getting the Cowboys in position to win close games this year. Sure, Jason Garrett might screw it up, but Romo is an elite quarterback in the NFL. He’s 6-3 on the road in December (according to TFT statistician Joe Lazauskas), so all talk of choking is greatly exaggerated. Expect a big game from Romo, who earlier this year became the first quarterback to lose a game when throwing for 300+ yards and four touchdowns without an interception.
2. New York Giants Pass Rush: It’s lacking this year. The Giants are getting by on reputation alone. They’re the Paris Hilton of defensive lines. Justin Tuck isn’t the same this year and is dealing with injuries, Osi Umenyiora is fighting through a high ankle sprain, and they’re soft up the middle. Even without a running game, the Cowboys will have time to carve up a weak New York secondary.
3. The Weak New York Secondary: The Giants lost their top cover corner to injury in the preseason. Without a pass rush, the Giants are allowing big plays and lots of yards to any half-decent quarterback they play. In their first meeting with the Cowboys, the Giants allowed four touchdown passes and 300 passing yards to the Cowboys. Plain and simple, the Giants got lucky when they won their first meeting of the year.
4. The Dallas Cowboys Receiving Core: Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and even Laurent Robinson create matchup problems for the depleted Giants secondary. Quite frankly, these wide receivers create matchup problems for any secondary.
5. Jason Witten Vs NY Giants Linebackers: With corners and safeties tied up by the Dallas deep threats, who is going to stop Jason Witten? One on one with depleted linebackers is a dangerous matchup for the Giants. With Felix Jones scurrying into the flat and Jason Witten eating these linebackers alive, the Giants won’t be able to stop the Cowboys passing attack.
6. DeMarcus Ware: Lost in the media frenzy over Jason Pierre-Paul is the best pass-rusher in the NFL, DeMarcus Ware. Ware has 18 sacks and will terrorize the Giants. If the pass rushes of both teams essentially break down to one player, I take Ware over the Giants’ stud rookie.
7. Met Life Stadium: The New York Giants are 3-4 at home this year. They beat the Dolphins and Bills by 3, and the “Suck for Luck” Rams by 12. The Giants don’t have a signature win at home this year. The Cowboys are 10-5 in their last fifteen trips to “Giants Stadium”. There’s no home field advantage here.
8. Collapse: When you keep collapsing down the stretch, eventually it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. When the schedule came out and the second half of the season was significantly more difficult than the first half, the Giants already knew they were going to fall apart. At this point, a week 17 loss is inevitable.
9. Exhuastion: The Giants had to win a tight game with the New York Jets to get to this point. The Cowboys were able to rest their starters in a glorified scrimmage with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Defense had a chance to work out their troubles and held the Eagles to 20 points. The offense got to relax. A fresh Dallas Cowboys team is coming into a stadium they own in a rivalry they dominate to face a fatigued Giants team. Tom Coughlin has his Giants burnt out and they won’t be able to match the Cowboys energy level.
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