There are a lot of questions around this game.
Can the Giants deal with the Cowboys offense? By which I mean: Can the contain Murray and Dez? Can they get to Tony Romo? Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has practiced fully two days in a row, so maybe he can help contain Bryant. And the Giants played well against San Francisco's formidable rushing attack last week. They'll need to keep that up. Can JPP dominate Tyron Smith the same way he did in their previous matchup? I hope so.
On the other side, What is going on with the Giants' offensive line? Will they be able to mount something approaching a rushing attack? Will they be able to give Eli enough time to find Odell Beckham, or one of his other receivers?
Eli has a good record coming off bad games (16-7 the game after he throws 3+ interceptions), but oh, that offensive line. With Justin Pugh out and Geoff Schwartz coming back, it's starting to resemble a training camp experimental shuffle more than a mid-season starting line-up.
I'm going to go ahead and pick the Giants to win, mostly because I don't think I'm physically able to pick the Cowboys.
Whenever the Cowboys and the Giants play each other, you can guarantee the game will be close. I see no reason for this upcoming game to be any different. I think there are advantages for both squads. For one, the Giants are at home and facing a Cowboys team away from the nice, no wind, temperature-controlled habitat that is "Jerry World." Metlife stadium is anything but that. On the other hand, you've got the Cowboys and Tony Romo rested from their bye week, with Rolando McClain set to come back.
The Giants are beat up physically. Yes, they get Geoff Schwartz back, but now Justin Pugh is dealing with something. Rueben Randle was hit in the head at least 3 to 4 times last game. Is Jacquian Williams back from his concussion? Lots of questions regarding the health of the team. Something tells me the Giants are beat up mentally, too.
I have a feeling this game is close, up until the 4th quarter when it gets blown open. That's when I think the Cowboys really start to exert themselves on an overmatched defense. The Giants end up dropping their 6th straight loss. A shame.
Pick: Cowboys 31, Giants 13
All right, Giants show me what you got. There is no reason to think the Giants can win this game the Cowboys are coming off a bye and are one of the better teams in the league. The Giants on the other hand are one of the worst. The Cowboys are 4-1 against the Giants over the last three seasons and 4-1 against the spread. The Giants can't get out of their own way on offense and can't stop anyone on defense. Their special teams are terrible. They haven't shown up for a prime time game in three years. This game should be a blowout in favor of the Cowboys. Any sane, rational thought would have to trend that way. But I'm calling it. Giants win outright.
It's back to "prove it" for me. The Giants haven't beaten a winning team with its starting quarterback since the middle of the 2012 season. Last week, I violated my 'don't pick the Giants against a good team until they actually beat one' rule and picked the Giants to beat the 49ers. Shame on me!
I am not making that mistake again. The Giants have a chance to win this game. The Cowboys are hardly unbeatable and the Giants, 3-7 record and five-game losing streak aside, really aren't that far away from being a pretty good team. Still, I'm making the Giants show me they can beat a good team before I pick them again.