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Predictions & Projections
By David M. Dorey
 
The Huddle
WEEK 2
September 10, 2003
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
BUF at JAX MIA at NYJ WAS at ATL SEA at ARZ *CHI at MIN
CLE at BAL *PIT at KC Sun 4 PM *DEN at SD Mon 9 PM
*DET at GB SF at STL CAR at TB NE at PHI DAL at NYG
*HOU at NO *TEN at IND *CIN at OAK Times EST *updated
   
Dallas vs NY Giants Mon, Sep 15; 9 PM on ABC at Giants Stadium
  Dallas Rush Catch Pass
QB Quincy Carter 20 0 170,1
RB Aveion Cason 10 10 0
RB Troy Hambrick 40 0 0
TE Dan Campbell 0 10 0
WR Joey Galloway 0 50 0
WR Terry Glenn 0 20 0
WR Antonio Bryant 0 60,1 0
  New York Giants Rush Catch Pass
QB Kerry Collins 0 0 210,2
RB Tiki Barber 100,1 20 0
RB Delvin Joyce 20 0 0
TE Jeremy Shockey 0 40,1 0
WR Amani Toomer 0 90,1 0
WR Ike Hilliard 0 50 0

Game Prediction: DAL 13, NYG 26

While Bill Parcells seems a natural to have on Monday Night Football again, it seems wrong that he would bring the Dallas Cowboys along with him. Are you ready for some football? Okay, are you ready for 349 camera shots of Parcells' contorted face?

The Cowboys opened with a loss to the Falcons and looked remarkably like the same team that lost their final four games last season. Only this time it was Troy Hambrick not getting enough carries and Quincy Carter throwing the interceptions.

Carter managed 268 yards passing including a nice 49 yard bomb to Joey Galloway. He ran for only 11 yards on four rushes and committed the errors that led to his initial benching last year. He threw up a duck pass that was intercepted and fumbled once. Carter is not expected to win games, but he is expected to not lose them. It was a career best day for yardage for Carter but was overshadowed by the loss and his mistakes.

Troy Hambrick gained 53 yards on 14 carries and looked good at least occasionally. The rushing yards were enhanced in the box scores by Avieon Cason's 63 yard dash for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Cowboys actually took the 7-3 lead into half time but then gave up 24 second half points while only posting the Galloway touchdown catch that was followed by a blocked extra point attempt. Billy Cundiff also missed a 37 yard field goal earlier in the game.

Joey Galloway had a great seven catch, 139 yard afternoon while Antonio Bryant returned from his quadricep injury and turned in two catches for 71 yards. This should prove fairly standard for the Cowboys this season as they attempt to establish the run with the occasional deep throw.

The Giants come off a solid win over the Rams, evidently boosted by the concussion that Kurt Warner continued to play with as he peppered the Giants secondary for 342 yards but only one touchdown. The Giant's defense held Marshall Faulk to a total of only 55 yards and Kenny Holmes plopped down on a Warner fumble in the endzone for one score.

Kerry Collins threw 14 of 26 for 202 yards and no scores against a secondary that he should have exploited for more. Amani Toomer had only two catches but gained 98 yards since his second catch went for 77 yards. Ike Hilliard had four catches for 32 yards and Jeremy Shockey turned in three catches for 36 yards but managed to not hurt anyone including himself.

Tiki Barber was the difference in the game, rushing for 146 yards on only 24 carries.

This week the Giants welcome the limelight on Monday night and face the team they defeated 37-7 in New York last year. Look for yet more Tiki Barber slicing through the Dallas defense and Amani Toomer to give rookie Terrence Newman a lesson in why you cannot allow a WR to get behind you.

DAL
NYG
2003 Averages
NYG
DAL
Gains
Allows
QB's
Gains
Allows
268
342
Pass yards
202
228
1
1
Pass TDs
0
2
1
1
Interceptions
0
1
11
0
Rush yards
2
-2
0
0
Rush TDs
0
1
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---
RB's
---
---
138
28
Rush yards
147
98
1
0
Rush TDs
1
0
45
27
Receive yards
36
31
0
0
Receive TD's
0
1
---
---
WR's
---
---
210
290
Receive yards
130
103
1
1
Receive TD's
0
0
---
---
TE's
---
---
13
25
Receive yards
36
94
0
0
Receive TD's
0
1
---
---
PK's
---
---
0
2
Field Goals
2
2
2
1
Extra Points
3
3
---
---
DEF/ST
---
---
0
0
Fumbles
3
1
1
2
Interceptions
1
1
0
0
Touchdowns
1
0
2
1
Sacks
6
3
0
0
Safeties
0
0
Cowboys (0-1)
Score Opp.
13-27 ATL
Week 2 @NYG
Week 3 BYE
Week 4 @NYJ
Week 5 ARZ
Week 6 PHI
Week 7 @DET
Week 8 @TB
Week 9 WAS
Week 10 BUF
Week 11 @NE
Week 12 CAR
Week 13 MIA
Week 14 @PHI
Week 15 @WAS
Week 16 NYG
Week 17 @NO
Giants (1-0)
Score Opp.
23-13 STL
Week 2 DAL
Week 3 @WAS
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 MIA
Week 6 @NE
Week 7 PHI
Week 8 @MIN
Week 9 @NYJ
Week 10 ATL
Week 11 @PHI
Week 12 @TB
Week 13 BUF
Week 14 WAS
Week 15 @NO
Week 16 @DAL
Week 17 CAR
(Statistics are game averages from current season )