Giants vs. Cowboys: 3 things to watch

Tony Romo.
GETTY IMAGES

The Giants have been on a roll with wins over the 49ers and Redskins, but now they look to avenge a season-opening loss to the Cowboys. They’ve already been trading trash talk for much of the week, so it should be a heated contest.

What to watch for …

1. Running away?

Prior to last week’s game against Washington, Big Blue was on a torrid two-week rushing pace. But that come to a halt against the Redskins, as running back Ahmad Bradshaw could muster only 43 yards. Bradshaw had a 200-yard performance against the Browns, and then backed that up with 116 yards against the top-ranked 49ers’ defense. Clearly frustrated with the lack of production and touches, it’ll be interesting to see how well Bradshaw fares against another stout defense in the fifth-ranked Cowboys. The only question is whether they’ll be patient enough to stick with it.    

2. Can the Giants corral Romo? 

Tony Romo torched the Giants’ secondary in the opener, as he threw for game-highs of 307 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with neophyte wideout Kevin Ogletree for 114 yards, including the first two scores of his career. Ogletree has since tailed off in production (21 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns), but the Giants’ secondary should still be on alert. Even if Big Blue manages to keep Ogletree under wraps, Romo has more than just the burgeoning wideout at his disposal, including wideouts Miles Austin (25 receptions, a team-high 428 yards and four touchdowns) and Dez Bryant (36 catches, 378 yards and two scores), and tight end Jason Witten (33 catches, 320 yards and one touchdown).        

3. Secondaries on notice
 
Despite having two of the most talented defensive rosters in the league, both New York’s and Dallas’ defenses have seen better days than in this series. The last 10 games of this rivalry have seen ridiculous stats and scoring numbers. The Giants have averaged 27.4 points per game, while Dallas sits at 24.6 points per game. The high-water mark was a 41-35 Giants’ shootout win in October 2010, a game which Romo didn’t even finish when he suffered a broken collarbone.

Follow Giants beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

VIDEO: Police seek suspect in molotov cocktail attack…

Police released surveillance video on Wednesday in hopes of tracking down a man who threw a molotov cocktail inside a Brooklyn corner store.

Local

City Council budget asks for 1,000 additional NYPD…

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito unveiled the City Council's budget priorities on Wednesday, including the extra cops for the NYPD at a cost of $94.3 million.

Local

Behind the costumes at the Brooklyn Cosplay Fashion…

Echo Chronum, 17, is a quiet and reserved Brooklyn high school student who often buries herself in her homework. But there is another side to…

Local

Reddit helps man locate missing mother in New…

The Reddit community helped Josh Goldberg find his missing mother on Tuesday.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

Books

A debut novel about fate, love and moving…

Pia Padukone talks about her debut novel, "Where Earth Meets Water."

Movies

Review: 'The Railway Man' is a literal-minded look…

In "The Railway Man," Colin Firth plays a WWII vet suffering from massive trauma acquired from his days as a beaten POW.

NBA

Phil Jackson talked to Steve Kerr, pushes for…

Knicks president Phil Jackson spoke to the media for the first time since firing head coach Mike Woodson on Monday.

MLB

Fantasy baseball: Searching for early season prospects

It’s relatively rare for a mediocre 30-year-old hitter to suddenly go nuts offensively for 162 games. That’s why minor league prospects are so exciting.

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC 'targeting' US international Mix Diskerud

Metro New York has learned Mix Diskerud has drawn “interest” from the expansion MLS side, NYCFC.

NFL

Jets announce they will return to Cortland for…

The tradition of holding camp in Cortland began in 2009 when Rex Ryan wanted to get his Jets away from the distractions of New York City.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."