This game features two teams that desperately need a win. The Giants are on a roll, winners of 4 straight games after an 0-6 start. Meanwhile the Cowboys are in their usual win one, lose one funk. The winner of this game will be in decent shape, while the loser is in all likely hood, finished. The stakes could not be higher.
The Cowboys are coming off of their bye week and are expecting several starters to return, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Sean Lee will not play which is a huge loss for the Cowboys. The Giants have been on a tear but the teams that they have beaten were not that great.
New York’s defense has played better on the winning streak but the offense continues to struggle with turnovers, specifically Eli Manning. Look for Eli to have a big game on Sunday. Tom Caughlin has called this a must win game for his squad and it is hard to argue with that assessment. The Cowboys have to look at this as a must win game as well, a loss against the Giants would be catastrophic.
For the Cowboys I expect a solid offensive performance. They have played some ugly offensive football recently and if they can’t improve it on the bye then that’s all she wrote. Coming into this season the expectations were high for this offense and they have disappointed to say the least. Besides the Rams game and the Broncos game they have basically sucked. The Cowboys might actually be lucky to even be at 5-5.
With both of their seasons on the line I expect a very close game that will come down to mistakes and big plays.
Key Cowboys: Bill Callahan, with this defense in a bad state right now, it is up to the offense to pick up the slack. Bill Callahan has taken an offense that has been pretty darn good in recent years and turned it into a joke. If he wants to work in this league anytime soon after this season then he had better get things right. His calling of the plays is the main difference this year, and thus far this offense has under-achieved considerably.
Prediction: The Giants want it more and send the Cowboys spiralling with a 30-24 win