Dallas Cowboys: The Four Quarters (Week 12 Edition)

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FIRST QUARTER
Sacks Fifth Avenue… 

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora (72) pressures Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

 

Going through the last six times these two teams have played, you probably will not be shocked to find that Cowboys are, of course, 3-3 in those six games.  In those six games, one of the most telling outliers to success has been not only how well Dallas protects Tony Romo but also how often they get their hands on Eli Manning.  In the three wins, Dallas has sacked Manning six times and only allowed four.  In the three losses, it is a vastly different story.  Those games have seen Romo on the turf THIRTEEN times to Manning’s three.  If the Giants pass rush is on, or if the Cowboys offensive line is not, that is going to make the game exponentially tougher, especially since it is in New York.  The defensive line and their activity will be a key indicator towards both the fan’s noise levels and the overall success of the Giants defense.

 

SECOND QUARTER
(Big) Apple Turnover… 

Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back David Wilson (22) fumbles the ball in the third quarter against Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden (96) and linebacker Sean Lee (50) at AT

 

The other big key in these last six matchups has been the turnover battle.  We saw it earlier this year.  Dallas forced six turnovers, including the game sealing pick six from Brandon Carr.  They needed all six too since they somehow only won that game by five points.  The other games have been no different.  In the three wins, the Cowboys have forced a total of ten turnovers and given up the ball the three times.  When they lose however, it’s a whole other story.  Dallas has only forced three turnovers but gave the ball to the Giants nine times.  One would hope that this should not be too difficult a task for Dallas in this game.  The Giants lead the league in both interceptions thrown and the conference in fumbles lost.  The Cowboys, on the other hand, lead the conference in fumbles recovered, are tied for sixth in the league in passes intercepted and are fourth in total turnovers.  If Dallas can win the turnover battle, they should also win the game.

 

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