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10/23/2006 04:55:00 PM

Monday night chaos

Owens
Terrell Owens caught three touchdowns last week against the Texans and hasn't had any controversies in the last two weeks.
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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.

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