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Cowboys news: Cowboys expect a motivated Giants team on Sunday

Despite their organizational dysfunction, the Giants are going to bring their best against Cowboys.

NFL: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Time Is Now For Cowboys’ Rookie Corners Entering Late-Season Stretch -Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are likely to play this upcoming game with three rookies starting in the secondary.

“I saw a lot of energy,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinell said of the rookies. “You can see the talent Chido has. He’s a long, long corner and he can really run. I just think the next step, each day he has an opportunity to keep playing and play in the game, he’s going to get better and better.”

A historical recollection of the Dallas Cowboys vs Eli Manning - Michael Strawn-Blogging The Boys
The most memorable Cowboys-Giants games of the last 13 years

Romo made them pay. He engineered a brilliant drive, converting five of six passes to travel 72 yards in six plays. The touchdown came on a typical Romo play where he bobbled the snap, calmly picked up, knew where to go with the ball and delivered to Jason Witten for the game-winner with 13 seconds on the clock. It was vintage Tony Romo and I doubt many fans believed it would be the last time he squared off against Eli Manning.

Cowboys practice in the elements to prepare for New Jersey weather-Todd Archer-ESPN
The Cowboys noticed that the weather in Dallas on Thursday was exactly what they should expect in New York, so why not practice in it?

“Spinning the ball is important in the wind,” coach Jason Garrett said. “You want to be able to throw a good spiral so it cuts through the wind. But beyond that, sometimes I think it can be overthought by a lot of different people. We understand what the conditions are. They’re that way this time of year every time you go up there. Just go out there and play.”

Cowboys athletic trainer on Jaylon Smith: 'Wait until you see this guy next year' -Jon Machota- SportsDay
Jaylon Smith has seen his struggles this season but he's playing really good football right now.

"Visiting with Britt Brown, our rehab trainer who worked with him throughout this process, he just says, 'Wait until you see this guy next year. He's going to be a totally different guy than what he is right now.' It's only going to get better for Jaylon," Jones said.

LOOK: Cowboys tease white pants, navy jerseys combo they'll wear vs. Giants -Pete Blackburn-
The Cowboys will break out a rare new uniform look when they face the Giants on Sunday

Dallas typically pairs the navy jersey with silver pants but, for the first time in the team's regular season history, they'll be wearing white pants with the jersey this weekend. On Thursday, the team's official Twitter account provided a sneak peek at the combo.

December Presents Big Opportunity For Alfred Morris & Cowboys Ground Game -David Helman- Dallas Cowboys
Alfred Morris is as professional as they come, but he learned this week’s lesson at the lowest levels of football – and he’s got the memory to prove it.

“Who knows what happens when Zeke comes back -- I’ll be right back in my old role. But I’m going to try my best help my team even in that aspect – so just make the most of these next two games, and really this next game because that’s all that matters right now.”

Despite Giants dysfunction, the Cowboys can’t take them lightly in must-win game -Michael Sisemore- Blogging The Boys
What has happened to the Giants in 2017? They just so happen to be the Cowboys’ next opponent.

Though the Giants look outmatched, the Cowboys are 6-6 and very beatable. Spagnuolo will be looking to fire up his team much like Jason Garrett did in 2010 and pick up the upset win. If the Cowboys could go up and beat New York with Jon Kitna at the helm, the Giants can do the same with Manning. It will be important for the Cowboys to weather New York’s best shots early and wear them down in the end. The Cowboys are in playoff mode and will have to win out to even sniff a playoff berth.

As much as Cowboys missed Sean Lee's production, they needed his presence even more-Todd Archer-ESPN
The Cowboys clearly missed Sean Lee's physicality on defense, but the experience and leadership he brings are even more vital.

The Cowboys clearly missed Lee. In the five games he didn't start, the defense allowed more rushing yards (680) than in the seven he did start (614), including just the one full series he played against the Falcons. They have allowed 23.8 points per game without Lee, taking away the touchdowns given up on turnovers by Dallas' offense, and 18.3 points per game with him.

Cowboys have tougher task facing Giants after changes -Schuyler Dixon- FOX Sports
The New York Giants' firing of coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese may have made things tougher on the Dallas Cowboys in their fight to stay in the playoff race.

”I’m sure they’ll have a different energy,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said. ”Like you said, it’s some changes up there. New coach, Eli back in there. It’s also Cowboys-Giants. It’s going to be there, and the energy’s going to be there regardless because it’s a rivalry, it’s in division and it’s two teams that are playing for pride, a lot of pride and then obviously us playoffs.”

6 Days to Sunday: Contingency Plans Without Scandrick; Giants’ CB Problems -Nick Eatman- Dallas Cowboys
(Editor’s Note: Each week, the staff of will present “6 Days to Sunday” for the upcoming game, presenting a daily update for each team as they head into the upcoming contest. This week, the Cowboys are aiming for another NFC East win as they hit the road to take on the Giants.)

While no position has been hit harder than wide receiver for the Giants, the cornerback position hasn’t been too friendly either. Starter Eli Apple missed his second straight practice on Thursday with both hip and back injuries. Apple has missed the last game and could be in jeopardy of missing another this week. The Giants are also without veteran starter Janoris Jenkins, who was recently placed on IR with an ankle injury.

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