The Dallas Cowboys showed the most weakness defending the run against the Tampa Bay Bucs last week.
Although Cadillac Williams was still held under 100 yards for the day, he ran all over and through the Cowboys defense in the first half. Why the Bucs decided to give him the ball less in the second half will remain a mystery.
Will it be any easier against the Giants? Definitely not. It’s no secret that Brandon Jacobs relishes games against the Cowboys because they are some of his best.
Whether we viewed a season anomaly that game has yet to be determined but we can only hope so.
The Cowboys will play their first regular season game in the new stadium, which should provide some extra boost. Fans will be rabid.
But the fans won’t be enough for the Cowboys to overcome the Giants, even the Plaxico-less Giants.
Steve Smith seems to have taken over for Burress on the roster. Smith is the deep threat on the team, and Kevin Boss is developing into a very good tight end.These two guys are overmatched with our cornerbacks and linebackers, though. Plaxico was great. These two are “good.”
The last time the Cowboys played the Giants was in December, and they dominated them. The recipe for that win is the same for this win: Sack Eli Manning (they did eight times during that December game), pressure him, and force him to throw interceptions. He threw two in the game last season, and he only had 191 yards passing. In other words, without Plaxico Burress, Eli looked lost.
Scratch that now though. Eli has had the entire summer to warm up to his new receivers: Smith, Mario Manningham and Domenic Hixon. They don’t sound so scary, do they?
This is why the Cowboys must be focusing on the run defense and ensuring they keep Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw at bay.
And for the Cowboys offense, Romo should continue to hand the ball off to his three running backs and hope one of them gets above 100 yards. Felix Jones is due for a breakout game for this season.
Dallas Cowboys 24
New York Giants 13