New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck had a great reply when asked by the media about the Dallas Cowboys being without Sean Lee. “You ever see a wounded leopard?” Tuck said. “They say it’s one of the most dangerous animals in the wild.”
Tuck’s comments were perfect because it illustrates that the Giants are not going to be taking anything lightly in this Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the Cowboys.
Yes, the Cowboys will need someone to step up and fill the void left by Lee being placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ligament in his right big toe. Lee was quickly emerging as one of the best all-around linebackers in football. He already had 58 tackles, 3 passes defensed and an interception.
The Cowboys will probably have Ernie Sims, who is likely to sign as a free agent, as depth but Dan Connor and Bruce Carter will have to step up and both are completely capable. While they may not replace Lee’s production, both are dangerous and the Giants cannot afford to overlook the Cowboys.
The Cowboys might also be without DeMarco Murray who is nursing a sprained foot and number two running back Felix Jones is also banged up. However, the Cowboys are still a dangerous team. They are desperate for a win this week to avoid going 3-4 and falling even further behind the Giants in the standings, who with a win would improve to 6-2.
Right now, it does sound like the Giants are very much aware the Cowboys are dangerous. Not only are they wounded but they are backed into a corner which could make for a bad combination if the Giants come out flat like they did in Week 1.