Then there's the offense, which has produced more yards and first downs so far this year than at the same time in '90, but fewer points, long passes and TD throws. Hostetler is certainly among the league's top 10 quarterbacks, but he doesn't have Simms's gambling mentality, his willingness to go deep on third down. After 11 games last season, Simms had thrown four touchdown passes on third down; Hostetler has none on third down. He's playing within the system, which is based on a crushing defense that simply isn't there. When Hostetler completes an eight-yard pass to Dave Meggett on third-and-10, people start hollering for Simms.
Coming on the heels of the fiery Par-cells, Handley has been ripped for being unemotional. "I seem to recall a guy in Dallas named Tom Landry who received the same criticism," says Young. "And he never wore the loud shirts Ray wears. Ray is emotional, but he doesn't show it."
On Sunday the Giants got the breaks, and the Cowboys made the mistakes. The iffy calls by the officials went New York's way, and the ball bounced into the Giants' hands. It hasn't been that way this season. Maybe that has changed.