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New York Giants News And Notes: Tony Romo 'Should Be Good To Go'

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here is your first look at what is making news this morning as we look toward Sunday's season-defining game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Quarterback Tony Romo practiced Wednesday for Dallas and said "should be good to go" for Sunday night.

"Today was good. I was able to do some things with the ball that we weren't sure about so it was a good start to the week. We are going to keep working on it and get all the treatment and stuff. We should be good to go for this weekend," Romo said. "The swelling continues to subside a little bit each day and that is a good sign."

Giants quarterback Eli Manning addressed the lack of consistency of the team's offense the past couple of weeks.

"Last week, [we were] not real consistent, but effective. We hit some big plays, we hit some big runs. We had some scoring drives that we needed to [have]," Manning said. "We have to continue to do that in the fact of hitting some big plays and doing that, but being more consistent, better on third downs. We need to continue to take [care] of the ball. There are some things that we need to fix up that can make us more solid on game day."

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was glad to see Osi Umenyiora back on the practice field Wednesday.

"Now I get a chance to rest. It is a good thing to see him out there going as if he is going to go this week, so we will see," said Pierre-Paul, who has elevated his game in Umenyiora's absence. "That rest will help me a lot and it will get me going. I was playing like 80 snaps a game and that is a lot."

It still does not sound like tight end Jake Ballard (knee) will be ready to play Sunday. That is problematic for the Giants with wide receivers Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks uncertain. Travis Beckum and Bear Pascoe gave the Giants nothing in the passing game last week against the New York Jets.

Manning tried to sound unconcerned about the limited options he may have at receiver.

"The good thing is we have a number of veteran guys who have been here, been here all season, been here for a number of years. They're going to know the game plan," Manning said. "Hopefully we can get some more guys out tomorrow and practicing. It's one of those deals. This late in the season you're going to have guys banged up, you're going to have guys who are trying to get healed up. It's just a matter of making sure everybody's focused, everybody understands their assignments."

Sean should have his weekly scouting report at some point today. In the meantime, you can read the position-by-position breakdowns I have done over at SB Nation New York. We have:

The more you break it down the more you realize just how evenly matched these two teams are. It still amazes me that prognostication sites like Cool Standings give the Cowboys (62,6 percent) a much greater chance to win and reach the playoffs than the Giants (37.4 percent). If you care about these things, and I know many of you do, the Giants are a 2.5-point favorite.

Put those two items together and they don't make any sense at all. Just like most of the 2011 season, to be honest.

This final note is only partially related to the Giants. If, however, you are a fan of multiple New York sports team you will want to check out this year in review post.