The time for hype and for talk is just about up.
One of two things is going to happen this coming Sunday. Either the New York Giants will have what has been an unforeseen and somewhat unbelievable run come to an end at the hands of rivals the Dallas Cowboys, a result that could see New York slip back into a slump that had them start the season out at 0-6, or Big Blue will continue on as the hottest team in the NFC East, one that is a single game out of first place in the division standings.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants preview: The numbers
Unless you're talking about the team's overall record, you really do have to throw the first six games of New York's season out the window. Who the Giants have defeated during this four-game run also means little. Beating up on lesser sides is what winners do, and it's how teams that earn fewer than ten wins in a regular season qualify for the playoffs.
The New York defense surrendered a touchdown per game over the past two weekends, and it's only been responsible for two total touchdowns in the team's last four contests. On the other side of the football is a Dallas defense that is allowing more yards per game, 456.7, than is any other d' in the league, and a NFL-worst 313 passing yards in regular season contests.
There is reason for Dallas fans to believe that their beloved 'Boys aren't about to get lit up by Eli Manning and company. The current forecast for kickoff, as of the posting of this piece, is predicting temperatures to be in the low 30s and wind gusts of over 20 mph. Then again, only three teams are allowing more yards on the ground in games right now than is Dallas.
Hello, smash-mouth football.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants preview: Fair is fair
The biggest criticism of the Giants since beating the Minnesota Vikings back on the night of October 21 is that they haven't yet notched a quality win. The Vikes are lousy. Not all on the offense of the Philadelphia Eagles were on the same page when New York won in Philly. Terrelle Pryor wasn't 100 percent when the Giants defeated the Oakland Raiders. All-Pro QB Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with an injury when the Green Bay Packers traveled to MetLife Stadium last weekend.
Don't look now, but the Cowboys are in a similar boat.
Dallas started out the year with a win over the Giants, a side that ultimately started out on a six-game losing streak. The St. Louis Rams were nothing more than average in Week 3, and that's when Sam Bradford was available. Midseason victories over the lowly Washington Redskins and the Eagles are nothing to celebrate. Dallas needed a last-minute rally to beat Minnesota at home back on November 3.
Maybe this really is just a matter of two “meh” teams, rosters that don't like one another, coming together.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants preview: Prediction
Dallas is coming off of a Bye, and, thanks to the additional week, Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware are expected to go. The Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots all have one thing in common this season: They all lost after an extra week of rest.
The weather in East Rutherford is going to be frightful on Sunday. New York's defense has, as of late, been delightful. I've become a believer in the G-Men.
Giants win 17-13