NFL Week 17 Picks & Predictions: Cowboys vs. Giants - NFC East Title

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Todd Toombs, Staff Writer: There a lot of unknowns at this point in the week that make me very nervous about Sunday night.

Romo’s hand – he says he will play and he will, but will he be effective with a bum throwing hand in cold weather and possibly a wet ball?  Current forecast is for temperatures in the mid 30’s and a 40% chance of rain.

Sean Lee’s illness – this guys is awesome but whatever illness he has, it has kept him out of practice all week.

DeMarcus Ware – he’s been limited in practice with the neck stinger.  He’ll start and play, but will he be able to finish the game?

Felix Jones – will his hamstring hold up for the entire game?

Anthony Spencer – he admits this could be his final game in a Cowboy uniform (sounds like he expects them to lose).  Does he put his heart and soul into the game, use it as a showcase for other teams to see perhaps, or does he mail it in?

Rob Ryan – is there anything left in his bag of tricks to solve the challenges the Giants present?  Brandon Jacobs gashed the defense for 101 yards in week 14 and most of those yards came at the most inopportune times – we can’t allow the Giants to generate that kind of a running game again whether it is Bradshaw or Jacobs.  The Cowboys also did not record a sack last time around.  If we can’t get pressure on Eli Manning this time, it will be a long night for our secondary and our fans.

Add to all that the fact that the Cowboys all-time record on the Sunday night NBC broadcasts is a weak 20-22 including 0-3 so far this season, and it is cause for additional consternation.  I don’t believe the broadcasters ultimately have anything to do with the outcome of the game, but these are usually pretty premier, primetime matchups with quality teams – and we have not fared well.

Despite all the things going against them, I have to believe that the Cowboys will find a way to pull out a win.  With the rollercoaster ride they’ve taken their fans on this season, we’re due for something positive to happen.  It’s going to come down to who wants it more.  Cowboys 38 Giants 35 in another wild game.  Go Cowboys!

Jonathan Barger, Staff Writer: “I’ll drink enough kool-aid to think the Cowboys can pull out a win. Rob Ryan improved on his “mulligan” against the Eagles (and aims to do the same against the Giants), and offensively we did great.  This game rests on the defense and special teams, and who can forget the outing that Dwayne Harris had as a returner?  Expect to see Dez running onto the field as the punt is in the air, buckling his chin strap for another huge return, or a Bruce Carter blocked kick sometime during the game.  Cowboys face the Lions in round 1 of the playoffs for some sweet butt-whooping. Cowboys 31, Giants 27.

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