NFC Scout's Takes
The Giants played a very good game at Tampa Bay last week, and the biggest surprise to me was how well their secondary performed. That's the clear-cut weakness on this team, but it wasn't against the Bucs. Cornerback
The biggest matchup of this game is Strahan versus
The Cowboys are going to have a tough time running the ball against the Giants. This is a good swarming run defense. It held
It really could come down to whether
If you're wondering why Dallas doesn't get Barber on the field more than it does, join the group. The entire NFL is surprised he doesn't get more touches. But in all fairness, the Cowboys have done a good job of keeping both of their backs, Barber and Jones, fresh. You've got to have fresh running backs to win in the NFL. Jones is a good running back, but he's a one-cut speed back. Barber is a give-me-the-ball type of guy. He's so punishing and such a good finisher. He's just physically a beast, and he's one of the elite backs in this league.
Dallas' front seven defensively is solid, but their secondary is where the Cowboys have vulnerability. Safety
I don't put a lot of stock into the idea that it's tough to beat a team for a third time in the same season. I think the better team should win almost every time. I'm also not too worried about Romo's game. I think he's mentally tough, and he's had a lot of success against the Giants in his three starts against them. That's what he's going to be thinking of in this game, not that he struggled down the stretch in December.