Dallas Cowboys will be minus key players against Giants
The Dallas Cowboys
Since that fateful encounter in week one, which saw the Cowboys come away with a 24-17 win over the Giants, these two teams have traveled on completely different roads. The Cowboys have stumbled to a 3-3 record; Meanwhile the Giants have put together the second best record in the NFC.
The injury bug has recently bitten the Cowboys, and it seems like just when things are starting to go well – another injury occurs. The Cowboys will be taking on the Giants without five players from the first game; yes, FIVE.
Some of those players are more high profile than others, but each one of them played a key role in getting the win against the Giants in game one. The Cowboys must find a way to replicate the productivity of those players if they want to beat the Giants again.
However, injuries shouldn’t be used as an excuse, because the great teams find a way to get it done. The great teams are resilient. The great teams don’t make excuses they execute.
The Giants were riddled by injuries at linebacker and in the secondary, but as a team found a way to get it done. As a team, they managed to compensate for those injuries, on their way to a second championship in five years.
The Cowboys will have to make up for their deficiencies by playing as a team and not a bunch of individuals looking for recognition.
The story is the same, but the characters will be a bit different on Sunday.
5. Chris Jones
As fans we rarely pay attention to the punter, but when that punter averaged 54-yards per punt, it’s something worth noting. Jones was instrumental in helping the Cowboys gain field position in game one. It will be up to newcomer Brian Moorman to fill those shoes and give the Cowboys an edge in the punting game.
The Defensive Line
4. Sean Lissemore
Lissemore impacted game one in more ways than the box score shows. He was instrumental in stopping the run and in the pass-rush. Tyrone Crawford, Marcus Spears, Kenyon Coleman and Jason Hatcher will have to bring their A-game against the Giants newfound running attack.
3. Barry Church
Church was one of the players I expected huge production out of this season; unfortunately he was lost for the season, due to a torn Achilles’ tendon. He was responsible for the Cowboys only turnover in game one against the Giants and accounted for 3 tackles.
2. Sean Lee
To say that there will be a bull’s-eye on Bruce Carter may be an understatement. He’s going to be expected to fill the shoes of the defenses’ most productive player. Lee accounted for 12 total tackles in game one against the Giants, but Carter should be ok. He has all the physical tools only thing missing is experience.
The Running Game
1. DeMarco Murray
Murray will be sorely missed by an offense, which continues to struggle in the red zone. His 20 carries for 131 yards are going to be, in my opinion, the hardest to replicate from game one against the Giants.