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David Dorey  

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WEEK 17
2011
BAL at CIN * DAL at NYG * NYJ at MIA SF at STL
* BUF at NE DET at GB PIT at CLE TB at ATL
CAR at NO * IND at JAC * SD at OAK * TEN at HOU
* UPDATED CHI at MIN * KC at DEN SEA at ARI * WAS at PHI

Prediction: DAL 24, NYG 31

Update: Jake Ballard remains out but both Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks are probable and will play. Nicks was held out of practices for two days to rest his hamstring and then was limited on Friday. Manningham was limited all week. I am not adding Manningham back into the projections though he will have a few catches. He should remain below fantasy relevance.

Felix Jones is listed as questionable and he was limited in all practices but is expected to play a full role on Sunday. As expected, Tony Romo is expected to be a full go as well and was able to practice at least on a limited basis all week.

This is a big enough game that they left it for last on Sunday night. Bottom line - winner takes the division and gets a home game in round one. Loser gets to watch said game on their television. The Giants won the last meeting 37-34 when Eli Manning led a long drive to take the lead and the Cowboys last second attempt at a tying field goal was blocked. Both teams are inconsistent this year and it is an interdivisional game anyway which always means throw out records if not common sense. But undeniable is that the Cowboys are only 3-4 in road games and have a horrible record in December when it should matter most.

Dallas Cowboys
Homefield: Cowboys Stadium
RealGrass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @NYJ 24-27 10 BUF 44-7
2 @SF 27-24 11 @WAS 27-24
3 WAS 18-16 12 MIA 20-19
4 DET 30-34 13 @ARI 13-19
5 Bye - 14 NYG 34-37
6 @NE 16-20 15 @TB 31-15
7 STL 34-7 16 PHI 7-20
8 @PHI 7-34 17 @NYG -
9 SEA 23-13      
Cowboys Report | Statistics | Roster
DALLAS at NYG Rush Catch Pass
QB Tony Romo - - 300,3
RB Felix Jones 60 30 -
TE Jason Witten - 50 -
WR Laurent Robinson - 40 -
WR Dez Bryant - 80,1 -
WR Miles Austin - 70,2 -
PK Dan Bailey 1 FG 3 XP -
Pregame Notes: This is truly a statement game. Either the Cowboys defy the odds and pulls off an upset or it is just the same old Cowboys who cannot compete in December and who find a way to lose when they need the win the most. A loss here will have the local media picking out their favorite plays that Dallas gave away the season. The bottom line - either the Cowboys play too conservatively late in games and allow teams to mount comeback wins or Romo pushes his luck and ends up making too many mistakes. A win makes it all better. A loss may yet again have Jerry thinking about who is running the team.

QUARTERBACK: Tony Romo is expected to play this week despite his hand looking like a potato with fingers last Sunday. Steven McGee would be like throwing in the towel if the Cowboys have to rely on him so Romo will play if at all possible. He passed for 321 yards and a season high four touchdowns in the week 14 loss.

Expect a good game here assuming the hand does not impact his throwing or force him from the game. This should end up as a high scoring affair.

RUNNING BACKS: Felix Jones was yanked from the game last week when it was apparent that the Cowboys had nothing to win in that game. Jones rushed for 106 yards on 16 runs and added six catches for 31 yards in the previous meeting with the Giants. But historically, Jones has been far less productive in road games. The rushing defense of the Giants is nothing special and Jones could add a desperately needed aspect to the offense if he can run well. But he'll have to play at a higher level than he ever has and hope the Cowboys don't fall behind and abandon the run.

WIDE RECEIVERS: This game is likely to move to the air sooner than later and in the week 14 matchup, all three wide receivers scored. Dez Bryant (1-50) only had two targets while Miles Austin (4-63) was playing in his first game back and scored in the last two games as well. Laurent Robinson (4-137) had the biggest game but has since only had four catches for 34 yards as his shoulder separation has not healed.

Robinson has been little used in recent weeks but has been such a touchdown favorite for Romo that he is always hard to count out. I like all three scores to end up here since the Giants at home are great against tight ends. All three receivers are decent starts though all carry some risk. Robinson's shoulder bothers me more in the cold weather.

TIGHT ENDS: Jason Witten was held to only 12 yards on three catches versus the Giants in week 14 and in New York, only one visiting tight end has scored all year. Expect another lesser game from Witten who has not scored since week 11 and only once managed more than 47 yards in those games.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points DAL 7 24 5 6 3 18
Preventing Fantasy Points NYG 28 19 30 28 19 12


New York Giants
Homefield: Meadowlands Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @WAS 14-28 10 @SF 20-27
2 STL 28-16 11 PHI 10-17
3 @PHI 29-16 12 @NO 24-49
4 @ARI 31-27 13 GB 35-38
5 SEA 25-36 14 @DAL 37-34
6 BUF 27-24 15 WAS 10-23
7 Bye - 16 @NYJ 29-14
8 MIA 20-17 17 DAL -
9 @NE 24-20 - - -
Giants Report | Statistics | Roster
NY GIANTS vs DAL Rush Catch Pass
QB Eli Manning - - 250,2
RB Brandon Jacobs 50 - -
RB Ahmad Bradshaw 60,1 20 -
WR Victor Cruz - 70,1 -
WR Hakeem Nicks - 110,1 -
PK Lawrence Tynes 1 FG 4 XP -

Pregame Notes: The enigmatic Giants get a chance to win the division despite losing each of their last three home games to the Eagles, Packers and Redskins. The Giants are only 2-5 in recent weeks and that was almost 1-6 had the Cowboys not imploded. This is a replay of week 14 but will be colder game with a chance of snow. This is where having the better running offense could make a difference.

I like the chance for a defensive score in this game.

QUARTERBACK: Eli Manning has been all over the map in the second part of the season and in Dallas passed for 400 yards and two scores. No opponent has passed for more than two scores but the Cowboys always give up decent yardage to the better quarterbacks. The Giants may try to run more this week which should depress the passing stats but Manning should have a decent game here regardless.

RUNNING BACKS: Brandon Jacobs rumbled for 101 yards and two scores in Dallas while Ahmad Bradshaw was held to only 12 yards on eight carries. But Bradshaw has been improved in recent weeks with three touchdowns in the last two matchups. Jacobs had been far more quiet in those games.

Both runners will play and should have at least some success. Bradshaw is the stronger start but Jacobs has already been effective versus the Cowboys.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Mario Manningham was held out last week when his balky knee would not improve but he registered a touchdown in Dallas on his two catches for 62 yards. Hakeem Nicks turned in a season high 163 yards on eight receptions while Victor Cruz was held to 74 yards on six catches. The passing stats won't be as high this week but Nicks and Cruz remain must starts with an excellent shot at a touchdown, especially with Manningham and Ballard banged up..

TIGHT ENDS: Jake Ballard scored once against the Cowboys and turned in four catches for 52 yards but is nursing a PCL injury and is likely to miss this game. Travis Beckum is far too inconsistent to merit any fantasy consideration.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NYG 8 9 2 17 24 13
Preventing Fantasy Points DAL 16 6 14 26 10 10

WEEK 17
2011
BAL at CIN DAL at NYG NYJ at MIA SF at STL
BUF at NE DET at GB PIT at CLE TB at ATL
CAR at NO IND at JAC SD at OAK TEN at HOU
  CHI at MIN KC at DEN SEA at ARI WAS at PHI

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