Here are some facts for you to digest....don't read too much into them.....
The Coughlin Giants vs Dallas
The Giants are surprisingly 6-5 against the Cowboys: 3-3 in Dallas (including the 21-17 Divisional Playoff win in 2008); and 3-2 at the Meadowlands. These numbers aren't too bad considering this is a divisional rivalry, but if you drill down further, you'll find the Giants are only 2-5 vs Dallas when Tony Romo is at QB. He's starting Sunday night, by the way.
Eli, Romo and the NFC East
As mentioned above, Tony Romo is 5-2 vs the Giants. He has completed 89 of 141 passes (63.1%) for 1320 yards with 13 TDs and 7 INTs. His QB rating in those games averages out to an impressive 101.4
Romo has not fared as well vs the other two division rivals. He is 4-4 vs Philadelphia and 3-5 vs Washington.
Eli Manning is 4-5 lifetime vs Dallas. He has completed 57.7% of his passes (165-286) for 1856 yards with 16 TDs and 11 INTs. His passer rating vs Dallas is a modest 79.8. Against Philadelphia and Washington Manning is 6-4 and 7-3 respectively.
DeMarcus Ware vs Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora
All-World DE Ware has only played five games against New York. It seems like more....He has seven sacks lifetime vs the Giants. All-Pro Tuck has played four games vs Dallas, recording 5 sacks. Former All-Pro Umenyiora has faced Dallas six times and also has 5 sacks.
Interesting stat here is the Giants are 5-1 vs Dallas with Osi in the lineup. As we all know, he's back.....FYI Ware and Umenyiora were college teammates at Troy State............
Since 2007, the first year the Giants were without Tiki Barber, the Giants are 2-3 against Dallas. One of those victories, a 35-14 win at Giants Stadium last season, was with Tony Romo watching from the sidelines. The Giants controlled that game from start to finish and rushed for 200 yards even on the ground, with Brandon Jacobs leading the way with 117.
In his other four appearances since 2007, Jacobs stats have not been as impressive: 26 yards, 54 yards, 90 yards and 72 yards.....
Check back Saturday for my preview of Sunday night's game....