We’re just a day away from the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game at Cowboys Stadium, as Dallas hopes to earn its first win over the G-Men at their new home stadium. Oh, and all that other stuff that’s at stake in the NFC East.
“I don’t have any magical secrets,” Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck said about his team’s streak in Cowboys Stadium. “But I hope it continues.“
Lots of questions abound about this one. Want a quick, day-before-game run-through? Let’s get to some stuff we didn’t hit on during the week…
Q: How do the Giants view Cowboys WRs, especially Dez Bryant?
Answer from CB Corey Webster: “I mean, I’m not sure who’s going to show up. But, we don’t really concentrate on them. We focus on what we do, go out there, do our business the way it needs to be done, focus on our techniques, be fundamentally sound, and trusting the other 10 guys on the field. We know we can be a force to be reckon with. … But they’re big-play guys. I think the quarterback does a great job of getting them the ball where they can make plays, make yards after the catch. Miles (Austin) is a guy who can work the slot a little better, always been a guy who can work the slot. Dez this year with screens, he’s a big-play type of guy, with screens, throwing the ball deep to him, let him grab up high.”
Q: How will the loss of LB Sean Lee change the Cowboys’ D?
Answer from DC Rob Ryan: “Things will be different, obviously. When you replace the best middle linebacker in football, you’re going to have some adjustments to do. And that’s exactly what Sean is. It’s tough also, we have Bruce Carter taking over calling the defenses. It’s a harder job than it sounds. Bruce will be up to the challenge. Do we do things a little slower right now until we get the hang of it? Absolutely. But we’re going to be ready. I understand we played the Giants before and the only reason we stopped them was their lack of execution. It had nothing to do with our players or our scheme (sarcasm). That’s been well documented. That was said. They give a lot of credit where credit is due, and it’s just because of their lack of execution. We got the message, we understand that.”
Q: How bothered is coach Jason Garrett by never having beaten the Giants at home?
Answer from Garrett to me: “You want to play well, but we beat them at their place. Two of the last three times we’ve played there, we’ve beaten them, right? And they’ve beaten us three times here, so yeah. You want to go play well wherever you play. We need to go out and create our home-field advantage by playing well, getting everybody into the ballgame. That applies against the Giants, it applies against anybody we play. Giants have been a good road team, though. It’s important to recognize that. It’s documented in the playoffs, they’ve gone on the road and won games. They do a good job at that, so we gotta play our best game.”
Q: If Ernie Sims washed out in the NFL, why will he help the Cowboys?
Answer from Sims: “This is a brand new beginning for me. I’ve been through a lot in the NFL, I’ve grown as a man. A lot of people say I look familiar, but I’m not the same guy. I cut all my hair off, I look different. I’m married now, have a beautiful son. What I’ve been through has completely changed my life. This is a new beginning and I have something to prove. I’ve always been humble, but it’s the way I carried myself. I lived a different lifestyle. I wasn’t married, I didn’t show up in meetings the right way.”
Q: What would a sweep of the Giants mean to the Cowboys?
Answer from TE Jason Witten: “That’d be huge. That’d be huge. This is the time of year where you need to make your move, putting yourself in a chance to compete down the stretch. So, this is a tough opponent and this is the time of year you need to do it. There’s no excuses here. We need to be able to have that mentality and approach this game not just to play well, but come out with a win.”