During the 2012 season, I continuously made "previews" for the Cowboys games each week. It was a very detailed story pretty much, where I basically went through the entire game by quarter, "predicting" what would happen. Now, before the draft or free agency is even complete, I will do that for every game on the schedule right now. Granted, this fake preview is probably not accurate in the least. I have no idea how rookies and other free agent signing will impact the games. However unrealistic and detailed beyond belief this is, it is not a real preview, but it is just fun to pretend I have been to the future and seen these games.
Week 1: @ New Orleans
Week 2: vs St. Louis
Week 3: @ Detroit
Week 4: vs Green Bay
Week 5: @Philadelphia
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: @ Kansas
Week 8: vs Minnesota
Week 9: @ New York (Giants)
Week 10: vs Washington
Week 11: vs Denver
Week 12: @ San Diego
Week 13: vs Philadelphia
Week 14: vs New York (Giants)
Week 15: vs Oakland
Week 16: @ Washington
Week 17: @ Chicago
Week 14: vs New York Giants: Sunday Night Football
The Week 14 matchup against the Giants will be monumental. This will be a big time, SNF, December game that will be very decisive towards winning the division. Romo and Lee will both be returning, and both teams will be almost fully healthy, loaded for a great game. The Giants will be 7-5, and the Cowboys will be looking to even the record, sitting at 6-6. This should be a great game.
DeMarcus Ware, DAL: In a huge primetime game, the best defenders need to show up, and Ware is going to be one of the best on the field. As the Cowboys greatest pass rusher, he will lead the dog pack to attack Eli Manning. Ware will be asked to make Manning’s night at Cowboys Stadium a miserable one.
Dez Bryant, DAL: When a $108 million Tony Romo and a 2 time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning are on the field together, there will be a ton of passing. That means Bryant will need to play up to his superstar self and provide Romo with the games best receiving threat.
Prince Amukamara, NYG: It’s no secret that Dez Bryant is one of the league’s best receivers. Prince Amukamara will be largely responsible for keeping Bryant contained. By being the man defending the Cowboys best offensive threat, Amukamara will be a huge factor in how this game will turn out.
Quarter by Quarter
Q1: The Cowboys will receive the opening kickoff. Harris will let it be a touchback, and the Cowboys will march out to the 20. On the first play, Murray will take a handoff up the middle, juking around a potential tackle by Mathias Kiwanuka and getting 12 yards before Stevie Brown takes him down. After the good start, the offense will turn cold. Romo will be sacked by Jason Pierre Paul after a whiff by Tyron Smith on the very next play. Austin will take a short slant 5 yards, bringing up 3rd and 10. Romo looks to Bryant deep, but Amukamara plays it very well, and the Cowboys have to punt. The Giants will get rolling faster on offense. Eli Manning will get a couple short passes out to Reuben Randle, then get a 20 yard gain from Hakeem Nicks. David Wilson and Andre Brown will combine for 5 carries and about 30 yards, setting the Giants up for a field goal. Bruce Carter gets a sack on first down, and the run on second down is stuffed. On third down, Manning goes for Cruz in the endzone, and Brandon Carr drops and interception. The Giants get the field goal, and take a 3-0 lead. The Cowboys will look to do a better job on offense now. This drive will be run heavy, as Murray takes the first four plays for 25 yards. On a play action, Romo has good time in the pocket, and he is able to air it out to Austin along the sideline, who makes a catch in stride before being pushed out of bounds for a gain of 40 yards. Dallas will be in field goal position now. Bryant will get the first down on a screen. Romo will throw two incompletions in a row after being pressured, and on third down, surprisingly run a draw. Murray is tripped up at the line of scrimmage however, and the Cowboys are only able to tie the score, 3-3. The Giants will take the field, looking to get the first TD. They will march down to the Cowboys 30, but after pressure by Anthony Spencer, Manning will throw a wobbly jumpball, intended for Cruz in the middle of the field. Matt Johnson will get in front of it, picking it off, before being downed at the 20. The first quarter will end.
Q2: The Cowboys will start at their own 20, after an interception by Matt Johnson. Romo will lead a steady drive now, powered by the momentum. On 3rd down from the redzone. Romo will fake the run. As he is pressured, he evades 3 sacks, before dumping it off to Dwyane Harris, who is able to run and pick up the first down. Romo hurries to the line, and throws a fade to Bryant in the endzone. Bryant almost secures it, but a PI on Amukamara puts the Cowboys at the 1 yard line. Romo fakes a short run, and again goes for the fade in the corner of the endzone for Bryant. Bryant leaps and makes the catch over Amukamara’s head, and the Cowboys are up, 10-3. The Giants will take the field, hoping to regain some of the momentum. Manning will be on point, getting a big play to Randle and Cruz. But Lee will stuff Wilson twice and Manning will have to throw it away as Ratliff clobbers towards him, once again bringing up just a field goal. The Giants will trail, 10-6. The Cowboys will take the field, looking to increase their lead. Romo will lead the team to halfield, before Murray bounces a run the outside and picks up 35 before being downed at the 15. Romo almost throws a pick to Amukamara on the next play. Murray takes another handoff and seems to get 10 yards, but a penalty brings the Cowboys back. Romo throws another incompletion on second down, and on third down, Austin makes the catch but it’s good for only 8. Dallas still gets the field goal, and lead 13-6 with the first half winding down. The Giants will take a long drive down to the Cowboys 30. Spencer notches a sack, and the Giants will be in a hurry. They are unable to get the TD, but a field goal makes it 13-9. Dallas gets the kickoff and kneels it to halftime.
Q3: The Giants will get the ball, in position to take the lead. Manning looks good on the drive, as Nicks gets a couple big plays. David Wilson makes a screen go for 30, and NY is at the Cowboys 25. Eli fakes a play action, and goes for Cruz deep. Carr looks to get in front of it, but a PI on Carr puts the Giants at the Cowboys 5. Manning fakes a pass, and Wilson takes it on the draw. A good placed block slows down Lee for a second, and he is unable to get there in time as Wilson crosses the threshold of the goal line. NY goes up, 16-13. The Cowboys will want to take the lead on the next drive. The offensive line looks out of sync, and Dallas is unable to go very far, and have to punt again. The Giants look good on offense once again, but Barry Church takes command in the Cowboys half of the field, knocking down a pass and making a third down tackle to prevent NY from a TD. The Giants score their 13 point in a row and take a 19-13 lead now. Romo is unwilling to lose though. Dez Bryant takes over, catching 4 passes for 50 yards on the one drive alone. Dwayne Harris gets a screen pass from the Giants 20. After a good move to evade a tackle, Harris has space in front of him. Following the sideline, Harris outraces defenders to the endzone and the Cowboys take a 20-19 lead. Manning leads the Giants to their own 30 and the quarter ends.
Q4: Manning and Romo are both ready for a deathmatch in a very close game. Manning starts the fourth quarter off on a bad note though. A pass over the middle intended for Randle is intercepted by Sean Lee, who returns it to the Giants 25. The Cowboys, in position to take up to a 9 point lead look to make it a two possession game. But the Giants D is strong, and the Cowboys knock on a field goal. The Giants get the ball, and with screens, slants, and runs, take an 8 minute drive to the Cowboys 5. Manning has time in the pocket, and easily finds Randle for the score. The Giants take a 26-23 lead, with 5 minutes left in the fourth. Romo steps onto the field, looking to prove his doubters wrong in the clutch. After a sack on first down and an incomplete pass on second, it seems bleak as 3rd and 15 comes up. But it is Dwyane Harris making a splash again, catching a 10 yard pass and weaving his way to come up with another 15. Romo then leads a quick drive to the Giants 5. After 3 penalties in a row, Dallas is faced with a 3rd and 20 from the 25 yard line, with 2 minutes to go. Romo looks for a short pass to Witten or Austin, but goes for the big cash when he throws it up for Bryant. Amukamara commits obviou
s holding, but Bryant is able to pull away and make a sensational catch in the back of the endzone for a game defining TD as the Cowboys take a 30-26 lead with about 1:40 to go. The Giants come on, hoping to see some more Manning Miracle and put a W on their record. The Giants drive steadily to the Cowboys 30, with 20 seconds and 0 timeouts remaining. The Giants drive to the Cowboys 15, with 10 seconds remaining, and the clock stopped. On the next play, Ware blows through the line like it isn’t there, and as Manning tries to throw it away, Ware gets in the way and it is fumbled. Anthony Spencer beats the rest of the offensive line to the ball and secures it. Dallas kneels the last few seconds and the Cowboys win, 30-26.
Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 30, New York Giants 26
Romo: 34/46, 420 yards, 3 TD
Murray: 19 rush, 115 yards, 3 rec, 20 yards
Bryant: 5 rec, 100 yards, 2 TD
Witten: 12 rec, 120 yards
Austin: 8 rec, 150 yards
Harris: 4 rec, 45 yards, TD
Ware: 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF
Spencer: 5 tackles, 2 sacks
Manning: 29/45, 300 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Wilson: 12 rush, 40 yards, TD
Nicks: 5 rec, 65 yards
Cruz: 9 rec, 100 yardsRandle: 3 rec, 60 yards, TD