These two franchises have had many matchups over the years and it is sure to be an entertaining contest on Sunday afternoon. It has been a roller coaster season thus far for the 3-3 New York Football Giants. After starting the season 0-2 people were calling for Coach Tom Coughlin to be fired and even talking about benching quarterback Eli Manning. Then they won 3 straight games in which Manning was magnificent and suddenly all was right with the world. Then they face off with the Eagles on Sunday Night Football and have one of the worst performances in team history. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had been going through his worst season and yet erupted for 149 rushing yards against a Giants rush defense that was nowhere to be found. The Giants also suffered a devastating loss when leading receiver Victor Cruz was lost for the season with a leg injury he suffered while dropping a potential touchdown catch. The Cowboys have been a passing team throughout Tony Romo’s tenure as starting quarterback. The team had a terrible offensive line in front of him for several years and slowly started to rebuild the line through the draft. They now feature a young offensive line that is not only capable of blocking in pass protection for Romo but also in run blocking.
Demarco Murray has been the biggest benefactor of the team rebuilding the offensive line and trying to put less pressure on Romo. For the last few seasons the play action passing game has been largely ineffective because the running game was never considered a serious threat. Now thanks to Murray and his preposterous 785 rushing yards through 6 games, the team is able to preserve Romo and allow the teams running game to dictate the offense. Murray has joined Jim Brown as the only running back ever to start the season with 6 consecutive 100 yard rushing games. The combination of a dramatically improved offense and a defense that may bend but does not break has led the team to first place in the NFC East with a 5-1 record. This was never more evident than in last weeks win vs. the defending Superbowl champion Seahawks who are very difficult to defeat at home in a game that they trailed 10-0 early on.
The Giants are a team that has shown it is capable of bouncing back after tough losses. It is going to be tough for Coach Coughlin and his staff to replace the intangibles and playmaking skills of Cruz. He was the only experienced receiver and his absence is going to put a lot of unexpected pressure on first round pick Odell Beckham who will likely take his place in the starting lineup. The team will have one rorokie starting at wide receiver and another starting at running back. With Rashard Jennings out again this week with a leg injury, rookie Andre Williams, who was relatively inefficient in his first start last week will again start at running back.
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