The New York Football Giants christen newly named AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX for a prime time contest with the rival Dallas Cowboys. The visitors have a 4-0 record in the new home field of the Cowboys, which first opened in 2009.
Despite the fact that New York won 29-24 in Texas last season, statistically, the Dallas dominated the game. The Cowboys committed six turnovers, including four interceptions by quarterback Tony Romo which sealed their fate.
Dallas has question marks along the offensive line, as well as in the secondary, but high flying receiver tandem, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, along with tight end Jason Witten, give Romo the ability to spread the ball around and take what the defense gives him.
As far as the injury report, the Cowboys come into the game relatively healthy as well, with only defensive end Anthony Spencer, unlikely to play as a starter.
The Cowboys lead the all-time series against the Giants with a 57-42-2 record since Dallas entered the league in 1960. New York has a 17-10 advantage over Dallas since the 2000 season began, however.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
What would a list about the Dallas Cowboys be without a gratuitous shot of the famous Cowboys’ cheerleaders. The Cowboys’ website mentions that the team always had cheerleaders, but the version that football fans know and love, was spawned and took off in the 1970s. They’ve come to mean as much to the rivalry as the game itself.
Dez Bryant/Miles Austin
Last season in Dallas, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin combined for 14 catches and an astounding 243 yards against the Giants, in a game that the Cowboys lost. But New York kept the duo out of the end zone, and six Dallas turnovers allowed the G-men to come away with a 29-24 victory.
As bad as the Giants were at covering the Cowboys’ wide receivers in Dallas, New York was absolutely pathetic against tight end Jason Witten. Witten alone hauled in 18 passes against Big Blue for 167 yards receiving against the beleaguered Giants’ secondary. Hopefully New York has more options against the talented Witten this time around, as oft-injured Terrell Thomas is back, and the G-men brought back cornerback Aaron Ross for depth in the secondary.
Lost in Dallas’ non-playoff campaign last year was the fact that veteran quarterback Tony Romo threw for almost 5,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. In comparison, Romo’s quarterback rating is almost 13 points higher than Eli Manning’s. And despite his 437 yards passing against Big Blue last year in Dallas, most fans remember his four interceptions against the G-men which sealed the Cowboys’ fate.
DeMarcus Ware had three sacks in two games versus the Giants last year. But with veteran linemates Jay Ratliff and Anthony Spencer out for tonight’s game, expect Ware to garner a lot of attention from Big Blue’s offensive line. Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning likes to throw the ball deep, and given time in the pocket, Manning has shown an ability to connect on the big plays.
DeMarco Murray is the starter at tailback for the Dallas Cowboys, but speedster from Oklahoma is inconsistent and injury-prone. Last year in the season opener, Murray rushed for 131 yards against New York in a 24-17 victory. Later in the year, Murray did not play against the G-men in Dallas, and the Cowboys only gained 19 yards on the ground in a 29-24 loss.