NFL PREVIEW: DALLAS @ NY GIANTS
September 4, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS
COWBOYS: Are NFL-best 34-17-1 (.663) on KO Weekend…QB TONY ROMO had 4,184 yards & has only 3 4,000-yard seasons in team history. Aims for 5th in row vs. NYG with 100+ rating & has 119.4 rating in past 4 vs. NYG…RB FELIX JONES has 350 scrimmage yards (116.7 per game) in past 3 meetings. RB DE MARCO MURRAY set team rookie record with 253 rush yards in Week 7…Since 2007, TE JASON WITTEN has 444 catches, most by NFL TE. Has led Cowboys in receptions 5 years in row. WR-PR DEZ BRYANT has 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 PR) in 4 games vs. NYG. WR MILES AUSTIN has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 meetings…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 25.5 sacks in past 19. Since 2006, has 91.5 sacks, most in NFL. LB SEAN LEE led team with career-high 131 tackles & had 4 INTs, most by NFC LB. Rookie CB MORRIS CLAIBORNE (No. 6 overall) makes NFL debut & won Jim Thorpe Award at LSU…GIANTS: Have 49 wins in home openers, tied for 2nd most all-time. TOM COUGHLIN is oldest head coach to win SB & is 2-0 in SBs…QB ELI MANNING is 5th player to win SB MVP 2+ times (XLII, XLVI). Set NYG record with 4,933 yards & had 15 4th Q TD passes, most in season in NFL history. Manning & HOFer DAN MARINO only players in NFL history with 3+ 400-yard pass games in season. Is 5-1 in past 6 vs. Dal. with 101.6 rating…RB AHMAD BRADSHAW had rush & rec. TD in last meeting, 2nd time in career with rush & rec. TD in game…WRs VICTOR CRUZ (team-record 1,536) & HAKEEM NICKS (1,192) are 1st set of Giants to each record 1,000+ rec. yards in same season. Each had TD catch in last meeting. Cruz had club-record 7 100-yard games. Nicks is only player in team history with 75+ catches, 1,000+ yards & 7+ TDs in consecutive seasons…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 16.5 sacks, joining HOFer LAWRENCE TAYLOR & MICHAEL STRAHAN as only Giants with 16+ sacks in season. Has 3 sacks, safety, FF & blocked FG in past 2 vs. Dal.