Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) catches a touchdown pass while being covered by Carolina Panthers defensive back Josh Norman (24) during the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Panthers 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

A Look at the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys Game


After a hard-fought win in Charlotte last week, the Dallas Cowboys go home to face their division rival New York Giants for the second time this season. The Giants are coming off a win at Washington after stuffing a comeback bid by Robert Griffin III. Despite the fact that the Cowboys won round 1 against the Giants, both teams are playing much different than in week one. The Cowboys’ offense seems permanently stalled always needing the defense to save them, and the Giants now possess a powerful offensive attack even though their defense still remains inconsistent. The game hinges on two key points, which honestly are pathetically unoriginal: can the Cowboys convert field goals into touchdowns and can the Giants force turnovers. The Cowboys faltered under the last such scenario (against the Bears) by doing neither. Since in retrospect the Wednesday night game looks like a fluke, I’m inclined to say the Giants dominate in an almost Chicago-like fashion, but with the Giants tendency to play down to inferior opponents (at this point the Cowboys are definitely inferior opponents) I think the Cowboys have the possibility of pulling this one out.

Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) celebrates with linebacker Orie Lemon (58) after making an interception in the end zone in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

News and Notes:

Sean Lee injured his big toe and missed most of the third quarter and the entirety of the fourth. After suffering what was apparently a sprain, Lee tried to reenter the game, but he couldn’t. He then “sat dejectedly” on the sideline the rest of the game. Luckily, he said he thought the injury wasn’t “anything too serious”, so he should be back next week.

Phil Costa injured himself too. The most recent news states that he had a partial ankle dislocation; Jason Garrett said the injury looked “really severe”. I guess that means more Ryan Cook. Awesome.

Dez Bryant had to leave for a series after a punt return. Deadspin has a .GIF of it if you want to see it, but he passed a concussion test  so unless he re-injures his groin he should be fine.

The Cowboys’ defense has actually been stellar. While the Cowboys on average allow their opponents to score 20 points a game, , the defense has only been accountable for about 13 of those points, as the Cowboys average 5.72 points “given up”, either through pick sixes or a return touchdown. While in the two games with the pick sixes (against Seattle and Chicago) the scores didn’t matter (the Cowboys still would have lost unless potential touchdowns are factored in, but I won’t do that), the Baltimore game with the return touchdown lost the Cowboys the game, as only two points separated the victors and losers. Basically, the Cowboys’ defense has actually been excellent, but the team’s inability to stop defensive touchdowns has led to an inflated points per game statistic.

Predictions

The Giants allow at least 27 points. Earlier, I mentioned how the Giants play down to opponents, as they allowed 27 points to the Browns and 35 to the Bucs. However, they shut down the Panthers (7 points), so I’d say the Cowboys have a 2/3 chance to achieve this. We have to be better than the Browns.

Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) sacks Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The Giants win 31-27. The Giants have a top five offense, and the Cowboys allow almost six points a game in non-defensive situations. The Giants have sacked the quarterback 17 times and play a Cowboys team that is missing their starting center. They have forced 19 “takeovers” and have committed only ten themselves, none of them resulting in touchdowns. They don’t have a single non-defensive touchdown. Basically, they matchup with the Cowboys perfectly. The Cowboys, with their great defense and ability to play up to better opponents, match up with the Giants well themselves, but the biggest difference will be penalties. The Cowboys collect them in droves, and the Giants typically don’t.

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  • Roids

    Sensible, aside the fact the Giants did not have a Tennessee game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Mage/689312211 Rick Mage

    Giant offense ain’t gonna score no 31 points on the Cowboys defense, even without Lee. The only way the Giants get 31 points is if the Cowboys turn the ball over and the defense returns the turnovers for TDs…..which could happen, but still….

    • Greyson Jones

      I thought that the Cowboys would turn over the ball and force short-field situations. I didn’t think the defense would give up 31 points but the team would, if that makes sense.

  • californy

    Cowboys been sputtering and Giants are now the top offense in the NFL. I think it to much to ask the Cowboys to win this one at home with the lost of Sean Lee. I dont think JG is a good enough coach to out coach two time SB winning HC Coughlin, they will make the adjustment in this game to avenge the lost to the Cowboys in NY. A smart HC would have a differnt game plan on the book on how to beat the Giants. If The Cowboys were smart they would open up with a 4-3 defense and open up with Beasley in the Slot position with a double TE Offense. The Pitch, swing passes, sweep would become a bigger part of this team offense if the Cowboy have a chance to sneak out a victory against NY in this game