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NY Giants @ DALLAS:

Line: DALLAS favored by 7.5
Over/Under:  47

NFC East rivals are set to square off for a third time this season with the Cowboys winning the previous two, both of which were surprisingly high scoring affairs.  Eli Manning has emerged as he is playing like his brother Peyton during the last few games.  It has instilled a much needed confidence as he prepares to battle the ninth ranked defense in the league, who can play very well at home.  Manning is complemented by an exceptional rushing attack guided by Jacobs and rekindled by the catalystic play of Bradshaw.  It is imperative that Coughlin's rushing attack become effective in the first 15 minutes of the game otherwise they become one dimensional by resorting to Eli's arm. As great as Eli has been, I can't help but think he is due for a horrid game against a very skilled Cowboys secondary.  Jacobs must bring balance to the offense if Eli is to be successful.   DB's Henry and Newman are swift defenders who love making their presence felt with their ability to frustrate wideouts.  With Roy Williams and Hamlin, this secondary possess a lot of agility and hard hitting impact. 
There seems to be a lot of conformity that the Gmen are primed for the upset due the remarkable success of Eli, a relentless running attack,  and their disruptive defense .  Factor in the questionable status of Owens along with Jessica Simpson potentially distracting the mindset of her man Tony Romo, and you have to ask if this is the downfall of America's team?  Why not root against them and instead cheer for the underdog Giants?  Well, don't be fooled by what you see or hear.  Romo, despite the off field distraction, should play well and atone for last year's fiasco in Seattle.  He can't afford to give a lackluster performance knowing this could be the season for his team to go to the next level.  Another reason why I believe Dallas will prevail is because Owens is more than likely to play on Sunday.  His sprained left ankle has progressed, and he knows the magnitude of this game is too big for him to miss.  T.O. is the key to Romo's passing attack as the notorious wideout has scorched the Giants for 4 touchdowns in their two previous meetings.  I look for Owens to have similar success again, as he should make a major impact. As if the daunting task of thwarting Owens wasn't difficult enough for the Giants, Romo has other options to utilize in Crayton along with his safety outlet Witten.  As for the rushing game, Barber will find it tough to scamper against a rugged Giants frontline.  But he is the type of back who relentlessly finds a way to be a force usually in the latter stages of the game.  He loves to wear down defenders with his smashmouth style of running along with his ability to utilize the stiff arm to separate himself.  
Eli has found success in two consecutive games, will he be poised to have a third?  Or is he due for a lackluster performance? These two teams know each other very well being bitter division rivals, and I believe Eli will have a satisfactory game at best as he will be forced into making some ill-advised decisions courtesy of a formidable pass rush.  Defenders like Ware, Ellis, and the likes of Canty will be licking their chops as they will be like sharks that smell blood in water.  Eli will unlikely find sufficient time to throw minimizing his success, and Jacobs just won't be effective enough against the Cowboy's 6th ranked rush D.  The Giants should find themselves playing from behind because I surmise the Dallas offense should come out aggressive to begin the game.  The Giant's resiliency should bring them back, but it won't be enough to claim victory.  Eli and company will dig themselves too deep of a hole for any kind of comeback to be successful.  Overall, the Giants have bewildered a lot of their fans but unfortunately they won't have enough left in their tanks.  They have expended too much energy and I like my chances with a healthy, energized Dallas team at their house. Look for Dallas to give Coughlin's squad a much better challenge than that of Tampa bay, and in the process a reality check of who's the top dog in the NFC East.        Cowboys    24     Giants    20

Thanks for reading my blog.  Please feel free to comment, I would like to know what you think wether you agree or disagree.  Enjoy the playoffs everyone!

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