Focus On The NFC East: Dallas Cowboys Edition

Tony Romo (9) of the Dallas Cowboys hands the ball to Felix Jones (28) of the Dallas Cowboys against the New England Patriots in the second half at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

We continue our bye week look at the New York Giants' NFC East opposition today with a look at the bewildering Dallas Cowboys. For insight, we turn to Dave Halprin, editor of Blogging The Boys.

Fast Facts

Record: 2-3
Victories: San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins
Losses: Jets, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots
Record of Remaining Opponents: 26-35, .461 Winning Percentage

Blogging The Boys Says

It's been a crazy, up-and-down beginning of the year for the Cowboys. Unfortunately we've come out on the losing end of games three times, each time losing leads late. But we've also battled back and won two games where it looked like we were in serious danger of losing. Tony Romo had bad mistakes in two losses, and the redzone offense was the problem against New England last week. Injuries have also played a big role in the early part of the season. The Cowboys defense is looking good, and should get better as they learn more of Rob Ryan's scheme. Dallas has played a very tough schedule so far, facing three teams that are currently 5-1, and playing no team with a losing record.

The hope is now that Dallas is relatively healthy and with the defense playing well, that Romo and the offense can start rolling, putting up points and quit making huge mistakes. The Cowboys have squandered opportunities this year, but still have a chance to turn it around. I'd say guarded optimism is the feeling, we see that this team can be very good at times, but they have to learn to play the full 60 minutes, and learn to protect leads late in games. Looking forward to the rest of the year.

My view: As I said earlier, the Cowboys are a bewildering team. They lose when you think they are going to win. They win when you think they are going to lose. At times they look great. At other times they look like a bumbling expansion team. Come to think of it, that's how the Giants look sometimes, too. The Cowboys have plenty of talent and should never be taken lightly.

Blogging The Boys View Of The Giants

"You have to respect a team that is winning more than it's losing, and a team that has played through the huge list of injuries that the Giants have. After the home loss to the Seahawks, momentum could have started going in the wrong direction, but the Giants proved their worth by beating the Bills, who are actually good this year. That was a huge win to make sure the season didn't start to tank."

And The Winner Is ...

"Well, based on pure math, the Giants are the favorite. But that is a very soft favorite, any of these teams could make a case for the division, or a case why they won't win. The Redskins QB issues may be a problem, the Cowboys inconsistency and mistakes could hurt them, and the Eagles don't look like a team that has found their chemistry yet and has a suspect defense. This thing is wide-open in my opinion."

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