Jerrah is scared.
Oh, he’ll never admit, but the voice in his head is loud and clear: The Giants are going to screw us again .
It’s been nine years since the Giants crushed Jerry Jones’ soul with a divisional playoff win in Dallas during their improbable Super Bowl XLII march. There are enough similarities to make the Cowboys billionaire boss man wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat.
Those Cowboys finished 13-3 en route to the No. 1 seed in the 2007 playoffs. These Cowboys are 11-2 on track for the No. 1 seed.
Those Giants won 10 games en route to the No. 5 seed in the 2007 playoffs. These Giants are 9-4 on track for the No. 5 seed.
Those Giants beat the Buccaneers on the road in the wild card round before upsetting top-seeded Dallas in the divisional round. These Giants could travel to Atlanta (or Tampa if they win the NFC South) and face the Cowboys in the divisional round.
It would be a sickening case of deja-vu for America’s Team.
Ben McAdoo’s defense and one timely big play from their big-play guy helped the Giants sweep the season series with the Cowboys Sunday. The Giants $200 million makeover is proof that throwing money at your problems sometimes does work.
The Giants defense made Dak Prescott look like — gasp! — a rookie in a 10-7 victory that snapped Dallas’ 11-game winning streak and prevented them from clinching the NFC East and a first-round bye. Prescott finished with a season-worst 45.4 passer rating and his first multiple interception game since his junior year at Mississippi State. Prescott & Co. failed on 14 of 15 third down attempts. Dez Bryant finished with as many fumbles (one) as catches.
Jones insisted afterward that the Cowboys never considered replacing Prescott with Tony Romo, but you know he must be thinking it about it now.
On paper, none of this makes any sense.
The Giants threw $200 million at their ‘problem’ on defense and it paid off. Just ask Dak Prescott.
The Giants are languishing near the NFL cellar in rushing yards per game and yards per attempt. Picking up positive yardage often seems like a chore. The offensive line is putrid. The quarterback has a knack for timely turnovers.
The Cowboys are superior by nearly every statistical measure. They have a behemoth offensive line. They have two rookie-of-the-year/MVP candidates. They make fewer mistakes.
Even Sunday night’s win defied conventional wisdom. The Giants had lost 30 consecutive games when scoring 10 points or fewer. The 10 points were the least in a win in Eli Manning’s 13-year career.
So, what does it all mean? Should the team with the best record in the sport fear a bunch of guys who have won four games by three points or fewer this season?
Are the Giants actually a threat to the Cowboys?
Dez Bryant has as many catches as fumbles Sunday night against the Giants.
Prescott, after all, is still a rookie. The moment appeared too big for him at times on Sunday. He had engineered four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime entering the night, but did anyone actually believe that he would make it five when the Cowboys had one last chance in the waning minutes at MetLife Stadium?
Another primetime test against the surging Buccaneers awaits for Dallas, but Prescott’s next pressure-packed game might not come until the divisional round of the playoffs.
They all better hope it’s not against the Giants.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News