Ohm Youngmisuk discusses how the Giants can effectively end the Cowboys' season with a win in Dallas on Monday night: At 1-4, the underachieving Cowboys might as well be making their final stand. This is supposed to be a season in which they make a run to the Super Bowl, which will be played in their own stadium. Instead, the Cowboys have sputtered badly, at times unable to get out of their own way with silly penalties and lack of execution. Now, the Giants have a rare opportunity to bury the Cowboys in a 1-5 hole if they can beat their hated NFC East rival in Dallas. In fact, the Giants will have a major say in whether Dallas can rebound this season with two games against the Cowboys in the next four weeks.
Paul Schwartz on how New York can turn Big D into Little D: All anyone needs to know about the Cowboys is that amid a terrible start to what was supposed to be a season draped in glory, they have more excessive celebration penalties (two) than wins (one). On Monday night, this dog of a team will have to show some snarl or else go whimpering off into a corner. The Giants can rid the division and the conference of any lingering concerns about the doings in Dallas and transform the notion that the home team will play Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium from a promise into a punchline. This is a put-away game for the Giants. They're not saying it, but they know it. The Cowboys at 1-4 are teetering, and one more push will bury them so far down in the NFC East that not even a Chilean rescue capsule could unearth them. Already, Tony Romo is calling his team "snake-bit" and defensive end Marcus Spears lamented, "Right now we have the worst luck in football." There's a fraying around this fragile club -- one swift kick by the Giants and it all shatters.
Ralph Vacchiano talks about how the Cowboys are down, but not out. That could change with a loss Monday night: They are down in Dallas. Way down. But they are not out. It has come down to this game for a club that had dreamed of becoming the first NFL team to reach a Super Bowl in its own stadium. One of the early favorites in the NFC, the Cowboys started out 0-2 and then buried themselves with two more losses since their Week 4 bye. And now they're off to their worst start since 2001... The Cowboys were close to turning the corner on Sunday in Minnesota against the equally disappointing Vikings. They held Brett Favre and the Vikes to just 188 yards of total offense. But quarterback Tony Romo threw two interceptions, the Cowboys committed 11 penalties and they ended up losing on a late field goal, 24-21.