3. Will Rob Ryan’s defense return to the dominance they showed at the beginning of the year? It is unlikely. The plain truth is that this defense has looked far from dominate for the past two months. It would have been a fair assumption to say that Rob Ryan’s defense had been all but figured out a couple weeks ago. But the defense has been playing better of late. In their last two games, they held the Tampa Bay’s offense to16 points and Philadelphia’s to just 20.
But the Giants put a huge 37 on Big D just three short weeks ago. And they will surely have a better idea of what to expect from the long silver-haired defensive guru than the lowly Bucs or Eagles. With this quick of a turn-around, Ryan will have to have to pull a rabbit from his defensive hat to try and stop New York’s high octane offense. But it can be done. If the Washington Redskins can do it, why can’t Dallas?
4. Can the young offensive line contain Jason Pierre-Paul? I think they will certainly try. The best way would be to put two men on him. Sending Jason Witten or Tony Fiammetta to chip-block him will go a long way to giving Romo more time to find an open wide receiver.
Pierre-Paul had a monster game against the Cowboys in Week 14. Jason recorded eight tackles with two sacks, a safety, and he blocked the final possible game-tieing kick. He essentially won the game single-handily. If the Cowboys don’t address him, expect another long day for the Boys.