Looking Ahead: Cowboys 2013 Week 9

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 9: @ New York Giants

The Cowboys will face the Giants for the first time by going into New York. The Giants will be 4-3, trying to even the record with the Cowboys, 5-2. The Giants will have Victor Cruz in the fold, but remember Cruz and his buddy Nicks have both some quiet games against Dallas in 2012.

Key Players:

Tony Romo, DAL: Romo will need to keep his head in the game in this one. Eli Manning will have the crowd and the media behind him. Romo could falter due to mental stress, but if he plays the way he did last time in MetLife Stadium, Dallas could be in for some good things.

Jason Pierre Paul, NYG: The Giants are well aware of how Romo can kill a defense when he is not under pressure. Pierre Paul, the Giants best pass rusher, needs to take a lead and limit what comfortability Romo feels.

Quarter by Quarter

Q1: The Cowboys will receive the opening kickoff and they will immediately earn a 3 and out, after Romo goes 0/2 and Murray only gets 3 yards on his lone carry. The Giants take the ball slowly and get a field goal. 3-0. The Cowboys will try to do better on offense this time, and will drive well, but will have to punt again. The Giants will get another field goal, and the first quarter will end. Giants, 6-0.

Q2: The Cowboys will look to really get it together on ths drive. It just looks bad though, as if Dallas didn’t practice, and Romo throws a pick to Aaron Ross. The Giants turn it into a TD and take a 13-0 lead, in what looks to be a repeat of the way the Giants shellacked the Cowboys in 2012, before the comeback. However, Romo has other plans. He finally looks like himself and leads a strong drive to the endzone on a James Hanna TD pass. 13-7. The Giants will feel as if they have a pillow, but will be unrelenting. Manning will lead another field goal drive and the Giants will lead 16-7. Both teams will trade punts and end the half.

Q3: The Giants will be leading and get the ball to start the third quarter. Ware gets a sack on the first play from scrimmage. Eli Manning throws a ball into a crowd for Cruz, but after a bobble, it is Matt Johnson making his first interception. He is brought down after a 5 yard return. Romo looks good again, and eventually, dumps it to Murray on a hook, who carries it to the endzone. 16-14, with a Giants lead. The Giants will try to regain momentum, but the Dallas defense will play very well. Again, no one will score and the fourth quarter will end, with the Giants in possession. Giants will open the fourth quarter by getting a field goal and taking a 19-14 lead. The Cowboys will need a TD to win, and Romo will play Captain Clutch, leading an 8 minute drive to the Giants 5. Dez Bryant will embarrass the s*** out of Prince Amukamara and Stevie Brown, pulling down a ridiculous highlight reel TD catch. Dallas will go for two, but won’t get it and Dallas will lead 20-19. Eli Manning will come onto the field, with 3 minutes left, needing a field goal. A slow drive, filled with Dallas penalties, puts NY at the Cowboys 10. Manning hands off to Wilson. Wilson gets a good block and finds his way to the endzone. NY takes a 25-20 lead (no 2 point conversion) leaving jusy 20 second for Dallas. Romo gets two plays to the sideline, then goes for a desperation 55 yard prayer. It is knocked down by Antrel Rolle, and the Giants hold out, 25-20 at home.

Final Score: New York Giants 25, Dallas Cowboys 20


Romo: 23/39, 250 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Murray: 12 rush, 30 yards

Bryant: 12 rec, 165 yards, 1 TD

Manning: 29/35, 410 yards, 1 TD

Nicks: 3 rec, 25 yards, TD

Cruz: 5 rec, 60 yards

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