The last time the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys played, it was a thrilling afternoon game at Cowboys Stadium, in which the Giants narrowly won. The Giants raced to a 23-0 lead, but a big comeback gave the Cowboys a 24-23 lead before they surrendered the lead again and for good. The Cowboys’ comeback was created by the domination of tight end Jason Witten.
Witten was targeted an astounding 23 times in that game by quarterback Tony Romo. Witten hauled in 18 passes for 167 yards in that game. The Giants’ defense was certainly an issue last season, and giving up big pass plays was at the root of the issues. In their Week 1 matchup on Sunday night, the Giants will need to focus on keeping Witten in check.
That isn’t always a formula for a victory. The Giants still won despite Witten’s 18 receptions, and when the Giants lost their season opener to the Cowboys last season, Witten only had two receptions. Witten was playing with a spleen injury suffered in the preseason, thus making him a non-factor. The Cowboys won anyway.
The Giants should very well believe Romo will be looking Witten’s way a lot, so there will be opportunities for interceptions if the Giants cover him well. The Giants will have to deal with the Cowboys’ biggest offensive threat, wide receiver Dez Bryant. If he’s able to explode on the Giants’ defense, the Giants have almost no shot of winning the game.
Limiting the amount of receptions for Bryant and Witten will go a long way towards another Giants’ victory in Cowboys Stadium, now called AT&T Stadium, a place they have dominated.