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10/23/2006 04:55:00 PM
Monday night chaos
Terrell Owens caught three touchdowns last week against the Texans and hasn't had any controversies in the last two weeks.
A perfect storm is brewing in Dallas tonight.
Either the Cowboys fall, which means T.O. erupts and Drew Bledsoe hits the bench. Or the Giants lose, Jeremy Shockey erupts and Tiki's eventual retirement becomes a crisis in New York.
The stakes are big in this game as the NFC playoff race tightens. The winner takes the NFC East lead at 4-2 and the loser falls to third place in the division. Both teams are in a playoff-or-bust mode and tend to get quickly discouraged after losses.
The key to the game is how well the Cowboys fend off the Giants' pass rush. Last year, the Giants sacked Bledsoe four times and forced him to throw two picks and lose two fumbles in a Week 12 win. And New York sacked Michael Vick seven times last week.
I believe the Cowboys will hold off Michael Strahan & Co. tonight. Bill Parcells will keep in two tight ends most of the game and have a running back hanging near Bledsoe to block in passing situations. And Dallas' running game is much better than last year and Julius Jones will help keep the 'Boys out of too many third-and-longs.
Bledsoe's recent meltdowns have been away from the friendly confines of Texas Stadium. He's thrown seven interceptions in three road games and none in two home games. All he needs is a little time and Owens and Terry Glenn will torch the Giants' secondary.
Final Score: Dallas 30, New York 21
Let me know what you think will go down in the Big D.
I was on the same page till yesterday but now I am going in a different direction. I like giants to win the game straight up and it would not be high scoring game the final score will be 20-17 and Giants will win.
I am Giants fan, so of course I want them to win, but the G-men have a history of falling flat on their faces on Monday Night games. It will be a big deal if they can walk out of Texas Stadium with a "W" tonight.
Although I agree with you on the importance of winning the game for both teams, I do not believe that a Giants loss will be a big blow to the team. Tom Coughlin's days look numbered regardless of the outcome of this game. Its a shame to have such a talented bunch of players and be so inconsistent at the same time. The Cowboys will win this one.
The Giants will handle the Cowboys in much the same fashion as they did the Redskins. Bledsoe is more than half a decade removed from greatness and the Giants will force turnovers and control the pace of the game with the run, and Tiki will have his first TD run of the season. Eli will continue his strong 2006 campaign and hook up with both Shockey and Plax for TDs.
Only the New York media cares about the Giants & TO. I constantly daydream about sportswriters realizing the NFC East is full of average teams with bloated media coverage. We're tired of your limited range of coverage about teams that are not post-season factors & won't be for a few more years. By the way, CC Indianapolis on this one, too. We need another Peyton Manning commercial.
The Cowboys will win tonight. The Giants start off too slowly, and just hope to come back in the second half. The Cowboys defense will not allow that, and Julius Jones will do enough to sustain long drives. Both teams will likely have turnovers, so that will be a wash.
look heres the way the giants will win the game if they can get to bledsoe if they can do that they will win easily everyone is asking how will the giants defense will play why not ask how the cowboys are going to play. The Cowboys have to stop the leagues leading rusher and they have to stop Eli who has 11 touchdown passes the coboys need to keep shockey toomer and plaxico in check if you watched any of the atlanta game atlanta had a brain fart trying to stop the giants the offense is way to much for the cowboys to handle giants win 24-14
God, please don't let Dallas win. I think they win by ultimately BORING the opposition into submission. They are the celery of the NFL, with the exception of the whole T.O. drama, which got old in 2000.
The Giants are inconsistent, but somewhat interesting, and are only two inches away from a "Shockey and Plexico Ulitimate Fighting Match" at any given point. That's worth the price of admission right there.
Maybe one of these slightly above average teams will make the playoffs, but neither is a serious contender and I have a feeling that neither will make it to the postseason this year. Basically this is a time wasting excercise, and sadly I had the time to waste...
This game will be determined by who protects the passer or doesn't... I think that the Giants front seven is better than the Cowboys but the Cowboys secondary is better than the Giants, if Bledsoe can get time the WR's will make the difference in this game, same goes for Eli and company, protect your quarter back, win the game!
We've shut down better running games then the one in small d. They'll have to keep at least one offensive weapon in the back field to keep Dreadso vertical. That's just one more person to help him back up sack after sack. TO asks to be traded, romo to start next week, Giants 27 - d 9
The New York football Giants will pull away in the second half. Sparked by a defesive score (either a fumble or an int, both by Bledsoe) Eli will win the game on his arm as the Boys will do a fairly good job in containing Tiki(80 yrds 1 touchdown).
"We're tired of your limited range of coverage about teams that are not post-season factors & won't be for a few more years"
Umm... do you even WATCH football? There are three teams in this division that are play-off caliber teams. Philly has the league's best offense, Dallas has one of the best defenses, and NY has a rising star QB and one of the league's best half-backs. Even the Redskins are a decent team. With the exception of maybe the NFC South, there isn't a division in football as competitive as the NFC East.
To reply to George of NYC, Dallas is not the Redskins. If you remember correctly, the Cowboys beat up on the 'Skins 27-10 and like your Giants didn't give up an offensive t.d. Dallas wins with a balanced offense and a hard hitting defense.
I'm liking the Cowboys in this one. Let Coughlin take some of those two-corner blitz gambles in this one. Eli on Prime Monday against T.O. in the stadium God watches every Sunday. Cowboys 24, Giants 17.
I like the Giants 23-17... With Tiki running the ball with abandon (now that his career plans have surfaced), he'll provide some highlight reel runs in his last game in Big D ! Manning, though inconsistent, gained a ton of confidence winning in Atlanta in a game not many thought the Giants would take. Bledsoe ? Well I think they'll (Dally) have to keep a TE and RB in to help with protection, thus preventing Dally from running on all cylinders on offense..
Giants "D" will stop the run early and force Bledsoe to throw, then the Giants will knock Bledsoe out of the game. This will promp a late game rally coming up short for Romo, leading to talk about who starts for "little D" the rest of the season. The Giants might struggle with either the run or the pass, but not both, too good. Giants 31, Dallas 27
Watch out for Tony Romo to enter this game randomly somewhere in the second half. I have this strange feeling that Bledsoe's "Injury", will have be a factor if the Giants barrell through the O-Line. I think it will be close, but I am going with the Cowboys, 31-21
Cowboys are good, Giants are good. Should be a great game. Cowboys should prevail at home, 27-17. Like it or not, the Cowboys have been to more Super Bowls and won more Super Bowls (along with Steelers and 49ers). Haven't had a great team lately but they are still fun to watch.
You sketch out a very probable scenario. And If i knew what was going to happen, I'd make a lot of money. But I really don't see how Bledsoe can evade a pass rush that got to Vick 7 times. Should be a tight contest. For all their travails the only game the Giants were outclassed was against seattle.