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Cowboys vs. Giants: A Chat with Big Blue View

For this week's talk to the enemy segment, Ed Valentine over at Big Blue View suggested we do a quick chat over IM instead of the standard Q&A. So we did, and here were the results.

Ed Valentine (BBV): So, first question. Tampa Bay chewed up Dallas' defense with the run last week. How are the Cowboys going to deal with the Giants highly-regarded running game?

Dave Halprin (BTB): We'll have to see, but the middle of the defense was extremely soft against the Bucs. From our analysis, it was the linebackers more than NT Jay Ratliff. In the first half, they weren't diagnosing the plays quickly enough and were getting blocked on their side of the ball instead of penetrating, but they improved on it in the second half of the game.

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Ed Valentine (BBV): Cowboys-Giants is always big. But, with this being the first game in 'JerryWorld' and all that how much of an impact do you think the atmosphere will play?

Dave Halprin (BTB): I think it's going to be electric in the building, they are supposedly expecting close to 100,000 people (from what I've read) and with it being the new stadium and with the Giants as the opponent, playoff atmosphere might be expected,

Ed Valentine (BBV): Related question. What do you think of 'JerryWorld' and the 'Jerrytron?' A beautiful place the Cowboys deserve, or just a monument to Jerry Jones' greed?

Dave Halprin (BTB): That stadium is the future of sports venues, I know people give Jerry a lot of crap, but he did it right for the stadium and for the Cowboys fans. We couldn't be happier with the stadium and can't wait to play a real game there. Now, the Jerrytron placement is something I think they should modify eventually, but having that HD screen there for the fans int he stadium is great, I've heard from people attending that you can see every replay in detail on the screen during games, the refs are going to hate it!

Ed Valentine (BBV): Is this a 'different' Cowboy team this season w/out T.O. and 'Pacman,' and all that nonsense? Or, is it too soon to tell?

Dave Halprin (BTB): Well, it's too soon to tell in terms of the regular season, but it was a different offseason. Much more business like without all the circus that accompanied those players and a few others. It seems to have created some good chemistry on the Cowboys but that stuff is never really tested until the team struggles a bit, then you find out.

Dave Halprin (BTB): OK, so everybody wants to talk about Plax being gone and what it means. What does it mean?

Ed Valentine (BBV): In some ways, the same thing T.O. being gone from Dallas means. One huge distraction gone from a team that still has plenty of talent. It means we will find out if Eli Manning can succeed without a superstar wide receiver (I think he can). We'll find out how good Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Boss, etc. really are. Sunday against Washington there were no problems in the passing game.

Dave Halprin (BTB): Is Steve Smith now the go-to guy in that group?

Ed Valentine (BBV): Hard to say. Smith was the 'go-to guy' last season on third downs, and he still is. He is one of the best slot/possession guys in the business, and he is usually Eli's first target on third down. The jury is still out on whether he can be a vertical threat.

Dave Halprin (BTB): What do you think about the uptick in trash-talking between the two teams this week?

Ed Valentine (BBV): I'm enjoying it, actually. We know the fans feel it, even though I think your folks and mine have gotten along pretty well this week. It's refreshing to actually hear players give real feelings, instead of just tired cliches that don't tell you anything. How about you?

Dave Halprin (BTB): I'm enjoying it, too. It gives a little more spice to the game. I think it also reflects a re-building of the rivalry between the two teams, not that that ever went away, but it seems to be growing again, thanks to Brandon Jacobs and Patrick Crayton, who both like to talk.

Thanks Ed. I like the guys over BBV, even though were mortal enemies, they're good people.

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