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Giants Vs. Cowboys: First Look At Dallas

Here are five things about the Dallas Cowboys to keep an eye on Sunday when they face the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium.

  1. The Jason Garrett Factor -- The team's new head coach is trying to toughen the team up, practicing in full pads on Wednesday. Garrett has been the team's offensive coordinator for several seasons and was once considered a rising star. That star has waned in recent years, and what impact Garrett can have on the discombobulated 'Boys is debatable.
  2. What kind of effort will the Cowboys give? -- They did not give much in the two games before Wade Phillips was fired as head coach, getting outscored 80-24. Does that change with Garrett? Does it matter?
  3. Jon Kitna is not Tony Romo -- The veteran Kitna has not been good since taking over for the injured Romo. In three games he has four touchdowns, six interceptions and a paltry 70.9 quarterback rating.
  4. Where is the defense? -- Through eight games the Cowboys have given up 232 points, and only Buffalo (233) has given up more.
  5. Why can't they run? -- Dallas is 31st in the league in rushing at 75.6 yards per game. A season ago they averaged 131.4 yards per game, seventh in the league. They have the same running backs, so you have to wonder what gives there.



STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Garrett: 0-0 Coughlin: 10-7
LAST WEEK L 45-7 at Packers W 41-7 at Seahawks
LAST GAME 10/25/10:  Giants 41 at Cowboys 35.  New York QB Eli Manning passes for 306 yards & 4 TDs, including 2 to WR Hakeem Nicks.  WR Steve Smith adds 101 receiving yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/6/09: Giants 31, Cowboys 24.  New York WR-KR-PR Domenik Hixon returns punt 79 yards for TD with 5:33 remaining to put game out of reach as Giants secure win. 
BROADCAST FOX (4:15 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 122 (Dal.), 123 (NYG).  XM: 105 (NYG). 



PASSING Kitna: 69-112-749-4-6-70.9 Manning: 178-271-2,075 (3C)-17 (3L)-11-92.7 (3C)
RUSHING Jones: 73-302-4.1-0 Bradshaw: 153-765 (3L)-5.0-5 (T2C)
RECEIVING Austin: 45-657 (2C)-14.6-2 Nicks: 51 (3C)-653 (3C)-12.8-9 (T1L)
OFFENSE 359.3 401.0 (1C)
DEFENSE 338.3 250.6 (1L)
SACKS Ware: 8 (T3L) Umenyiora: 8 (T3L)
INTs 5 tied: 1 Thomas: 3
PUNTING McBriar: 47.1 (1C) Dodge (R): 46.4
KICKING Buehler: 45 (18/18 PAT; 9/12 FG) Tynes: 50 (23/23 PAT; 9/12 FG)


COWBOYS: QB JON KITNA passed for 2 TDs vs. NYG in Week 7…Incl. playoffs, RB FELIX JONES has 8 career TDs (7 rush, 1 KR) & averages 47.1 yards per TD (377 yards).  Incl. playoffs, RB MARION BARBER has 2 100-yard games vs. NYG…Rookie WR-PR DEZ BRYANT had 3 TDs in last meeting.  Had 93-yard PR-TD & 2 15-yard rec. TDs.  Has 6 total TDs (4 rec. 2 PR), most among NFL rookies.  WR MILES AUSTIN had 10 catches for 104 yards & TD (22 yards) in last game at NYG.  TE JASON WITTEN has 23 catches for 251 yards (125.5 per game) & TD in past 2 meetings.  Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with 9+ catches & 95+ yards…LB DE MARCUS WARE has 8 sacks, 4 FFs & 2 FRs in past 7 meetings (incl. playoffs).  Has 64.5 sacks since 2006, most in NFL.  CB TERENCE NEWMAN had INT in last meeting & has 3 INTs in past 4 vs. NYG.  LB KEITH BROOKING had 41-yard INT in last game vs. NYG, longest of career.  CB MIKE JENKINS has 2 INTs vs. NYG, incl. 23-yard INT-TD

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING aims for 4th win in row vs. Dal.  Tied career-high with 4 TDs in last meeting.  Has passed for 4 TDs in game 4 times & 2 have been vs. Dal.  Had 125.8 rating last week & aims for 4th in row with 100+…RB AHMAD BRADSHAW had 126 rush yards in last meeting.  Rushed for 2 TDs vs. Sea.  Ranks 3rd in NFC in scrimmage yards (905).  RB BRANDON JACOBS has 5 rush TDs in past 5.  Has TD in 4 of past 5 vs. Dal. (incl. playoffs)…WR HAKEEM NICKS had 6 catches for 128 yards & TD last week.  Has 100+ yards in 4 of past 5.  Ties for NFL lead with career-high 9 rec. TDs.  Has 3 rec. TDs in 2 meetings.  Has 4 TDs in past 4 vs. division.  WR STEVE SMITH aims for 4th in row vs. Dal. with 100+ yards.  In past 3 meetings, has 25 catches for 345 yards (115 per game) & 2 TDs.  Since start of 2009, leads NFC with 154 receptions.  WR MARIO MANNINGHAM had career-high 10 catches & 150 yards (1 TD) vs. Dal. (9/20/09)…DE OSI UMENYIORA has 7 sacks & 6 FFs in past 5.  DE JUSTIN TUCK has 4 sacks, 3 FRs & 2 FFs in past 5.  Incl. playoffs, club has won 14 in row when Tuck has sack.