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New York Giants’ Eli Manning Excited to Face New-Look Dallas Cowboys

September 3rd, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Dan Benton

The Dallas Cowboys have themselves a new defensive coordinator and a new 4-3 defensive look. Their first challenge will come against the Eli Manning-led New York Giants this Sunday night. And, as you might expect, Easy-E — who is 4-0 in Dallas since the opening or Jerry World — is looking forward to the start of the season and the excitement that comes with playing their No. 1 NFC East rivals.

"You know, it’s hard not to be excited about it," Manning said on Monday. "Obviously they’re a very good team with a new defensive coordinator, new defensive scheme, but they still have a lot of good players so we have to go in there and play our best football and see what they’re going to do defensively. I’m sure they’re going to have a few wrinkles that they haven’t shown in preseason but we should be able to adapt to whatever they throw at us and be prepared and go out there and play well."

Despite the success Big Blue has had at the newly named AT&T Stadium, Manning knows each game is unique and that the past doesn't just repeat itself without hard work.

"They’re still very talented on defense," Manning added. "You have DeMarcus Ware, you have Hatcher, you have two good corners. They’ve got talented players on their defense, their scheme will be very sound and let their athletes run. We’ve got to go back and look at some old film, some old Tampa stuff, some USC stuff, we have a lot of different film to look at."

The one downside to opening the season on the road against a divisional rival is that Big Blue may have to do it shorthanded. Although they returned to practice on Monday, the status of both wide receiver Victor Cruz and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul remains up in the air. The same can be said for fullback Henry Hynoski and center David Baas.

Meanwhile, tight end Adrien Robinson, running back Andre Brown and offensive lineman David Diehl will not play. However, it's a relatively safe bet that one of them end up with a temp IR designation, allowing the Giants to bring in an additional healthy body.

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12 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning Excited to Face New-Look Dallas Cowboys”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    following up on the temporary IR discussion from the last thread, the only one you could rationally use it for is Brown. Diehl is pure back-up fodder; Robinson is a BUST. Brown is a quality RB if he can stay healthy; which is looking like a bigger if by the game.
    But with a slight fracture and a 4-6 week timetable, its a dilemma. Can he really be ready by Week 4?, 5?, 6? Or will it be after the bye?
    If the latter it seems like a no-brainer
    I would do it and bring back Torraine to be the short yardage guy for the first half of the season

    No way I waste it on one of our stiffs

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Jim, it is INSANE to label Robinson a bust at this point. The kid came out of a college program that barely had him run patterns, his measurables are excellent, our scouts and personnel people worked him out, and Reese spoke awfully highly (perhaps a bit hyperbolic, but very highly) of him. He was clearly a project. But it sounded like he was having an excellent camp before hurting his foot. You’re way off on this.

      And perhaps even MORE off on Myers. Saying “somebody had to catch the passes in Oakland” is absurd. Yeah, that’s true, but Myers MADE the catches. The guy averages over 9 yards per catch, pretty good for a tight end, and has excellent hands. He may not be a great blocker, but give Pope time with him and he’ll get better. And he may be a part of the solution to our Red Zone issues. He’s more “Boss-like” down in that area than was Bennett and Eli loved finding Boss between the hashes when he needed him.

      You admit to liking Donnell (who is still mostly potential) yet dump on Myers and Robinson, who are where the real talent lies in this group. Makes no sense.

      •  demo3356 says:

        Remember he and his AG life Partner were labeling Prince a bust half wayt through his rookie year so consider the source and take it with a grain of salt. For sane folks it is way to early to label Robinson or the signing of Myers as a bust. I do agree with using short term IR on Brown to get another body in here that can help. Let Brown sit on IR for 8 weeks then we have a bye and when he suits up week 9 he will be 10 weeks from injury and fresh for the stretch run. Wasting it on Dehl is pointless. Cut him and then resign him in 6 weeks if we need him. Dont waste a one time exception on him

  2.  GIANTT says:

    Im thinking the Giants will be able to take advantage of the Cowboys new defensive system . First game of the season ? there are bound to be holes and rough spots and I think Eli will be able to hurt Dallas . So maybe it will end up their defense is worse than ours . Same goes for the Iggles
    Giants win the division 10-6 , Wash 9-7 dallas 7-9 and Iggles 4-12 thus spake GIANTT

    •  demo3356 says:

      I agree whole heatedly. Cowboys will struggle a little in their transition to the Tampa2 and I too believe the NYG win the Division at 10-6 / 11-5. I see Dallas and Washington as 9-7 / 8-8 teams and the Eagles as a doormat

  3.  Sintexo says:

    I think all this talk about bringing in a new short yardage back is way overblown. I think Wilson is more than capable of handling the job, give the guy a chance.

    •  demo3356 says:

      I dont think we need another short yardage back but we do need another RB to split carries and help with blitz pickup on 3rd down. Wilson at his size is NOT a 25-30 touch a game type of back. Cox is a rookie and Scott outside of a few flashes in preseason games has shown me nothing. I see a vet coming in this week or next till Brown gets back

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    Never mind first game of the season. The Cowboys have holes. They don’t have much at the DT position (therefore the signing of Austin), their safeties are questionable, Claiborne is coming off an injury, and Ratliff is out. They have a rookie center and essentially a brand new O-line. Kiffen had some pretty awful games at USC against Oregon and Stanford where his defense looked absolutely lost. The head coach and Romo are at odds over who calls the plays (apparently Jones had to tell Garrett that “it’s Tony’s offense” as part of Romo’s negotiation of his contract during the off-season.

    If they were the Giants this board would be panicked at their problems.

    They will be okay because they have Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Spencer and Austin. And if he can stay healthy then Murray is a terrific running back.

    But I’ll take our roster over theirs, our quarterback over theirs, our receiving corps over theirs, our defensive front over theirs, our coach over theirs, and our front office over theirs.

    On Sunday if Eli is protected and we don’t let Bryant run right past our defense we have a very decent chance to come away with a win.

  5.  giankees says:

    I dont see how people woukd bet on romo vs eli. I dont get it, yes romo has good numbers but just has that knack for making mistakes at the wrong time. If your argument is that we have a lot of new pieces to our def i understand. But rivers played last yr and williams played the year b4 and both at a high level. The def line is much much better than last yr and the db situation is much better.

    I can see concerns at safety and mlb but dallas has more concerns on def.

    Offenses look equal to me as far as talent goes. I like our off line better and our qb better too. Cowboys can win but going into the game we have more talent overall than dallas

  6.  Kevin Page says:

    Defenses, like offensives are a fluid system, better D line makes your LB look better, and also free ups up DB (along with not keeping them running all over the place all game)

    Same way if you running game improves, that’s gonna open some things up in the passing game as teams will have to keep more guys in the box.

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