Let's face reality- Jason Garrett's playcalling against the Giants defense since he's been offensive coordinator hasn't been very effective in the meaningful games against them. Maybe it's because he used to be a coach for the Giants, and they know him so well, or maybe it's the fact that they hate the Cowboys so much that drives them to go insane and get to the passer with reckless abandon that the Cowboys have no answer for. Add to that an injury to Marc Columbo, and the fact that the Giants have they're back against the wall, and this game has the makings of another Green Bay game, especially if Garrett continues to put Romo back their in the shotgun.
But through it all, there is a ray of hope. Felix had a better game than the previous weeks, and Tashard may see more playing time. Maybe Garrett starts using Barber more down near the goal line, if only to draw the defense into thinking run, setting up the pass nicely, or play action. Miles has hit his stride again, and if ever was a game where Roy Williams needs to perform well, this is it.
The Victory over Oakland provided 2 things. One is offensive momentum, and a chance to avenge the early season loss at the inaugural opening of Cowboys stadium. The second is giving us more tie-braking against the Eagles if we end up in a tie with them. But Nothing, and I mean nothing, will top beating the Giants and grasping a firm hold on the division, as well as good situations in the tiebraking. Let's face it- this is playoff football, and it's time to put up or shut up.
Myself, I would put my faith in the running game. Limiting the Giants opportunities on offense is the biggest key. Making them go the distance of the field, and not giving them a short field, and you are already telepathically sending a message to the Giants offense that they will have to work hard for every yard they earn. Make nothing come easy for them. I don't have faith that a pass-heavy game will end in a good result, regardless of how bad the Giants defense played in Denver or the last 6 games. The Giants seem to know exactly how to punish and torture the Cowboys, and that has to change. This is the biggest game of the year to date.
I would like to see screens to Tashard and Felix, especially if the Giants start getting pressure. Quick developing plays on offense will be critical. Pick and choose your shots down the field smartly. One thing is for certain- The Cowboys have to call plays differently on offense than they have up to now, because dropping back too much is risky play against the Giants, and will result in sacks,turnovers and alot of 3 and outs, and then the game is over before it begins. The Giants are expecting alot of shotgun and passing. 3 and outs on offense happen alot by us against the Giants. Even if we just go down the field, take time off the clock, and score field goals will have a profound effect on the outcome for sure. Limit the Giants opportunities with the ball on offense, and make them go the distance from the 20 every time (It's not David "Ferris" Beuhler's day off), and you are more than 60 percent of winning the game. Right now, they're offense is shaky, and there is no reason to allow them back into the playoff picture. A loss to them would not be acceptable in my book. This coaching staff's defining moment has arrived. What will be the outcome? Only the football gods know. What we do know is what we've done on offense hasn't worked so far against the Giants defense, regardless of how bad the Giants defense has played up to this point.
And please, I don't want to hear anyone write that losing to the Giants is ok because we have a 2 game lead on them, because it's not ok. You put the foot on the throat, and you step on them that much harder. It's what they would do to us, since they love us so much. No easing up, or going into a corner and hiding because you are timid and don't have a zeal or the zest for playing your guts out.
Most of all NO TURNOVERS. GO COWBOYS!