coleryan Posts:13844 Followers:19
On 09/02/2013 11:12 AM in NFL

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: Preview and Pick

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: Preview and Pick

The Sunday night football game for week one of the National Football League regular season features two teams that are very familiar with one another. The New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys have one of the best rivalries in all of football and it comes as no surprise that the NFL wants to feature this big game on the biggest stage of the week, Sunday Night Football!

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys Odds

The football betting line for this game opened up with the Dallas Cowboys as (-3) point favorites. That line has not moved and is still locked in at a field goal at nearly all of the top rated offshore sportsbooks. This is an indication of home field advantage and just how close this game and this rivalry can be on any given Sunday.

For the Cowboys, there is only one goal and that is the Super Bowl. Owner Jerry Jones likes to attract media attention and is not afraid to set some lofty goals for this team. Tony Romo at quarterback is always under the microscope but is still expected to have a big year along with wide receiver Dez Bryant. Head coach Jason Garrett will no longer do the play calling as the Cowboys called in coach Bill Callahan to call the shots.

Callahan has informed the media that they will also look to establish a strong running game, something they have abandoned early in previous years. That is good news to running back DeMarco Murray, but he will have to remain healthy if he hopes to have an impact.

The Giants offense will be led by quarterback Eli Manning, but early in the season injuries have been a problem. Wide receiver Victor Cruz is banged up but will play in this game, and David Wilson will carry the load at running back since Andre Brown broke his leg in the preseason. Wilson has looked great in the preseason so the Giants are not worried.

The football betting trends indicate some interesting angles for this Sunday night match up. The Cowboys are 6-18 against the spread (ATS) in their last 24 home games, 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games on field turf and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 against the NFC East.

The Giants are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings and 4-0 ATS in the last four games in Dallas. This game could get ugly as these teams battle it out under the Sunday night lights.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys Pick

With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.

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btb Posts:2245 Followers:160
09/02/2013 12:03 PM

Looks like Cruz is practicing Giants will have all their wideouts ready for the game!

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coleryan Posts:13844 Followers:19
09/03/2013 02:42 PM

The joke circulating around the Giants locker room is the reason Jerry Jones changed the name of Cowboys Stadium to AT&T Stadium is because Eli Manning and the Giants are 4-0 against Dallas in the billion-dollar building, opened in 2009. Jerry Jones had 20 million reasons to sell the naming rights to AT&T, but you can’t blame the Cowboys owner if changing the karma of the Giants’ success there entered into his thinking. The Giants and Cowboys, two NFC East rivals, meet in their season opener Sunday night in Dallas, a place most opponents fear, but where the Giants have thrived.

“We’ve done well down there and we plan to continue to do well down there this year,” Giants fullback Henry Hynoski said yesterday. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to go down there and kick off our season against a quality opponent like the Cowboys.”

As the Giants officially opened “Game Week” with a light practice, the vibe was clearly different than in the preseason. It felt like the first day of school: serious, focused, on edge. The 53-man roster is set. It’s about the Cowboys. “It’s good to have that first game against a rival, a division game,” Manning said. “It’s a big game on a lot of counts. Not just because it’s the first one, but because it’s in the division and it’s Dallas. You have to play your best to have a chance to win.”

Manning has been at his best in Dallas in recent years. He threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns in 2009 to win the first game played at Cowboys Stadium, and signed a wall to commemorate the victory. Overall, Manning has completed 62 percent of his passes for an average of 307 yards in the four games, with eight touchdown passes against four interceptions, and amazingly, has been sacked only twice.

The matchup between longtime rivals isn’t without a few new wrinkles, especially in Dallas, where Monte Kiffin has taken over as defensive coordinator for Rob Ryan. Kiffin, master of the famed Tampa 2 defense, has implemented a 4-3 scheme Manning will study all week in preparation for the game.

“We’ve got to go back and look at some old films,” Manning said, “some old Tampa stuff, some USC stuff. There’s a lot of different films to look at to see what he’s done in the past, so you have an idea of what he’s going to do and what some of his blitzes might be.”

The opening game of the season isn’t necessarily a precursor of things to come. The Giants lost their season openers in 2007 and 2011 and still won the Super Bowl. But the NFC East figures to be a tight race this season with the Redskins hoping for a healthy Robert Griffin III and the Cowboys hoping Tony Romo can validate the $108 million contract he signed.

The Giants like their chances with Eli in his prime and several key players such as Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul returning to health.

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coleryan Posts:13844 Followers:19
09/04/2013 02:38 PM

What’s the identity of your football team? It’s a common question for football coaches, players, analysts and fans to discuss. Some teams are built around their defense and others their running or passing game. But some teams simply have a winning or losing identity. Start piling up consecutive winning or losing seasons and that’s what the team becomes.

So what is the Dallas Cowboys’ identity? “I don’t relate the word relative to a football team,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told the New School show Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “We need to be sounder on defense than we’ve been in the past. We need to get the ball to our offense in better field position. We need to protect the ball better on offense. And we need to make some big plays.

“That’ll identify you real quick. What we need to do is win some games. I know everybody concurs with that, but there’s your identity. That identity thing follows your winning and losing.”

The Cowboys have been right in the middle the last two seasons. They haven’t had a losing or winning identity. They have a .500 identity.

To change that, the Cowboys have made some significant adjustments in the off-season. Dallas hired Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator, gave Bill Callahan offensive play-calling duties, turned Jason Garrett into a walk-around head coach and allowed Tony Romo to have more responsibility in the week-to-week offensive game-planning.

The personnel is largely the same, but Jones is hoping those previous mentioned changes will be enough to climb above another 8-8 finish. “We’re certainly not the same team we were when we finished last year,” Jones said. “We’re not doing the same things. You haven’t seen much of it, but we’re not doing the same things offensively that we did last year. We’re certainly not doing the same things in the secondary.” Jones declined to go into details for fear of giving away any secrets to their Sunday night opponent, the division rival New York Giants. As Jones said, “I assure you they’re listening and watching.”



Brian Waters visited Valley Ranch on Monday, worked out for the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday and the 12-year veteran guard was officially signed and on the practice field Wednesday. “He had a good workout,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday morning. “Brian’s a guy we’ve been interested in for a while. We actually talked about him a couple years ago when he ended up signing there with New England. We’re excited to bring him in here. He’s a real pro. He’s been a damn good football player for a long time.”

Garrett said Waters, 36, had been working out in the off-season and “is not much heavier than his normal playing weight.” Waters did not play last season. When discussing with Waters why he took the season off, Garrett said the six-time Pro Bowler had “some family concerns.”

“He still has to get himself in to condition to play at this level and that’s just natural,” Garrett said. “He knows what he’s doing. He learns quickly. We anticipate him really hitting the ground running and hopefully being a part of our football team pretty soon.”

Waters worked out with the second-team offensive line at right guard on Wednesday. Although it’s unlikely that he’ll play Sunday night in the season opener, Garrett wouldn’t rule him out. "We’ll just try to get through today,” Garrett said. “He got here early this morning and he’s trying to learn as quickly as he can. We’ll try to get him acclimated as soon as we can and just see what kind of progress he makes.”

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coleryan Posts:13844 Followers:19
09/05/2013 01:43 PM

Antrel Rolle can’t promise that the Giants’ defense will dominate Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, and he won’t guarantee that the Giants will win in the House that Jerry Built yet again. But the loud-mouthed safety will tell you this much: On Sunday night, Jason Witten will not own the Giants secondary. Yes, Witten caught 18 passes for 167 yards in a 29-24 Giants win last October.

No, Rolle vowed, he’s not going wild again. “He’s done that one time since I’ve been here, had that miraculous game,” Rolle said Wednesday. “That’s not gonna happen again. I can assure that. He will not have 17, 18 catches a game. That’s not gonna happen again.”

Rolle assured nothing else, though, because this Giants defense will travel to Dallas with nothing on its resume and everything to prove. A season ago, Perry Fewell’s unit was one of the worst defenses in the NFL, ranking second-to-last in the entire league in total yards allowed.

Witten was hardly the only player who terrorized a beleaguered Giants secondary. Witten, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant all topped 100 receiving yards in that game. The next week, Steelers speedster Mike Wallace would turn a harmless slant into a dazzling 51-yard catch-and-run TD and the week after that, Bengals star A.J. Green would rip the Giant ‘D’ for having “holes” and then back it up with his receiving score.

Can this Giants team really be better? This Giants defense, of course, wants to be different, and Jason Pierre-Paul believes it can be. “This team, this defense, we’ve got one of the greatest defenses,” JPP said. “There were certain plays where we didn’t stop the run game last year. But us guys know in here we’re a good defense.”

He recalled the Super Bowl run of 2011. “We proved it what, two years ago?” he said. “This is a whole new year. We’ve got all new guys. But I think we’ve got one helluva defense. And we will see.”

Pierre-Paul will be the key to that defense, both on Sunday and throughout 2013, but as of Wednesday, the fourth-year defensive end, who had back surgery in June, still wasn’t ready to commit to playing in Dallas. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo both said they’re preparing to face Pierre-Paul, and a pass rush that barely breathed on quarterbacks in the preseason could certainly use his presence.

But while JPP said he’s “still on track” and “getting better and better every day,” he also admitted that his conditioning is still lacking and added that if he does play Sunday, he won’t simply be “a third-down guy.” “I like to go out there and take all the snaps if I can. . . . It’ll be on me, definitely, if I could play or not,” he said. “It’s all on Friday.”

For the Giants ‘D’, it will all be on Sunday, that first chance to finally prove that last season’s dismal showing was an aberration, and that it still can dominate. It will come against an ideal opponent, too, said Justin Tuck.

What better test for a defense than the mighty Cowboys? “I mean, you’ve got a franchise, you’ve got a quarterback in Tony Romo who can make all the throws,” Tuck said. “They’ve got weapons all around him. You’re going down to a hostile environment. . . . We’ve got to go down there and play our best game, no doubt.”

And shut down Jason Witten.

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coleryan Posts:13844 Followers:19
09/06/2013 01:31 PM

Every team obviously wants to create more turnovers. The Dallas Cowboys were one of the worst teams in the league last season in that department, finishing with only 16 takeaways on defense. Only three teams – Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Kansas City – had fewer.

Since Monte Kiffin was hired as defensive coordinator in January, finding ways to create more turnovers has been one of the Cowboys’ top priorities.

On Thursday, Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee explained one of the ways Kiffin keeps his team thinking about turnovers off the field. “We have a ball in our meeting room we have to hit when we walk in,” Lee said. “When we walk in, it’s sitting there, and you hit it just to keep it in the front of our mind, when we go to practice that we got to strip that ball out and get it back to our offense.”

Maybe that ball is working. During their five preseason games, the Cowboys intercepted five passes and forced five fumbles.

“It’s every meeting, every practice,” Lee said. “It’s on boards. It’s something that we really emphasize every single day, and it’s not just lip service. If we’re not doing it, it’s on film and they tell us about it.”

So, back to that ball in the meeting room. Has Lee ever knocked it loose? “No,” he said. “It’s on there pretty tight.”

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coleryan Posts:13844 Followers:19
09/08/2013 08:49 AM

Picks

I know the Giants have never lost in Jerry world and play well against Dallas of late ,but not tonight. Eli struggles against the Tampa 2 defense which has been put in. The Giants have changed up the offensive line three times already in the preseason and the Cowboys defense will have a mismatch against the Giants secondary.

Cowboys -3

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