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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Gearing Up For The Giants

Latest Cowboys headlines on kickoff Sunday.

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Giants: A closer look at the Cowboys matchup - NorthJersey.com
This outlines a plan for how the Giants can win tonight, ironically by emulating the 2014 Cowboys.

If the Giants are looking for a blueprint to success, search no farther than the team on the opposite sideline. The Cowboys had an inexperienced defense with few household names last season, but they relied on collective effort, scheme and an offense that dictated the pace of games. All that for the Giants will start with a running game that must improve, in behind the left side of Flowers, LG Justin Pugh and C Weston Richburg. Eli Manning needs to have a clean game, getting the ball to WR Odell Beckham Jr., who torched Dallas in two games as a rookie for 14 catches, 180 yards and four TDs.

Giants have something to prove as they face the Cowboys - Giants.com
Turns out, the Giants have their eyes set on the division title, at least according to this article.

They believe they’re going to be a good team, and what better way to prove it than to defeat the reigning NFC East titlists in their own house with the entire nation watching?

Perhaps most importantly, if the Giants are going to win the division, they will almost certainly have to defeat the Cowboys, which they have not done in any of the teams’ last four meetings.

Giants rookie Landon Collins wants Tony Romo to test him | ProFootballTalk
Collins says that if Tony Romo and the Cowboys think they can exploit him because he’s a rookie, they’re going to be sorry.

"Tony Romo said he’s looking for key matchups," Collins said. "If he’s going to look for key matchups, he’s going to pick on me. . . . I’m a rookie, but I mean, he comes towards my way, and he won’t be happy."

Romo, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant may make Collins rethink his confidence tomorrow night.

Some in New York Giants organization fear Jason Pierre-Paul injuries worse than they thought - Dan Raziano, ESPN
The New York Giants feel the damage to Jason Pierre-Paul's right hand was worse than they were led to believe, Graziano writes, and some in the organization fear that JPP won’t be able to play at all in 2015.

One source said that, in addition to the missing right index finger, fractured thumb and skin grafts, a portion of one of the other fingers on Pierre-Paul's right hand is missing.

NFL execs weigh in: List of Top NFL QBs Contains Only One Of Tonight's QBs - NFL.com
Albert Breer asked 28 NFL execs to list their top five QBs. Tony Romo ranked fifth overall behind Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger. Eli Manning did not receive a single vote.

Can the Giants win while Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Will Beatty return? - Big Blue View
Chris Pflum wonders whether the Giants can stay afloat long until they get key players back from injury, and suggests the Giants could storm out to a 5-3 or even a 6-2 record before reinforcements arrive.

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Cowboys open season with Super buzz but history of backsliding | Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
Hill writes that while the Super Bowl hopes are legit, the recent past says Cowboys suffer a breakdown when expecting a breakthrough.

The past four seasons the Cowboys won 10 or more games, they followed by not winning more than nine games the next season, including the past three teams, when they didn’t make the playoffs in 2004, 2008 and 2010.

What Stephen Jones' influence on the Cowboys really is, from drafting Martin to letting Murray go | David Moore, Dallas Morning News
Moore offers a terrific piece on what Stephen Jones' role with the Cowboys is, and how that has evolved. Along the way, he revisits the draft-day decision to pass on Johnny Manziel in favor of Zack Martin. Here's an excerpt detailing the final minutes before drafting Martin:

Martin was the top-rated player on the Cowboys board. Stephen knew everyone in the room loved him. Will McClay, the senior director of college/pro personnel spoke up and said Martin. Head coach Jason Garrett said he believed the team should take Martin.

"I don't know about that,'' Jerry said. "Let's go over this quarterback thing one more time.''

McClay and Garrett spoke again for Martin. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan voiced his support for the Notre Dame offensive lineman. Jerry then turned to Stephen and asked what he thought the club should do.

"We need to take Martin,'' Stephen said.

"OK, I guess that's what we'll do,'' Jerry announced to the room.

Go read the entire article on the DMN's new site. It'll be well worth your time.

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Gosselin: Why Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford is 'luckiest' guy in NFL | SportsDay
Gosselin wrote this article before Crawford signed his contract extension, so "lucky" has nothing to do with money. Instead, Gosselin argues that the luckiest guy in Rod Marinelli's defensive scheme is the 3-technique, a position that helped DTs John Randle and Warren Sapp to Hall of Fame careers in the Tampa 2 scheme.

For Cowboys, Tyrone Crawford deal proof position matters - Todd Archer, ESPN
Archer writes that that the Cowboys were wise to lock up Crawford before his contract year started, because quality defensive tackles are very hard to find.

There are fewer people roaming this world built to do the things Crawford can do compared to what Murray can do. There's a reason why defensive tackles go so high in the first round and running backs don't these days.

Breaking down Tyrone Crawford's contract - Todd Archer, ESPN
Archer provides the full breakdown of Crawford's deal.

Signing bonus: $10 million
2015: $675,000
2016: $6.75 million
2017: $7.25 million
2018: $6 million
2019: $7 million
2020: $8 million

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Meet former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Nicol Bush who is now a pediatric urologist | Daily Mail Online
This is the story of a former Cowboys cheerleader done good. The UK-based Daily Mail tells the story of how Dr. Nicol Bush joined the DCC when she was 18 years old while in school as a biochemistry major, and left after two years to pursue a career in the medical field full-time.

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