When the New York Giants play the Dallas Cowboys, sometimes the not-so-obvious player makes the difference. For instance, Kevin Ogletree went off for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the first meeting between the two teams this season, as the Cowboys won, 24-17. So, if not Eli Manning, who might step up and make the big play for the G-Men when they face the Cowboys on Sunday, October 28? Here are five Giants to watch.
Prince Amukamara (CB) -- Amukamara is settling in at the corner. He will draw either Dez Bryant or Miles Austin in a match-up Tony Romo may look to exploit. With Corey Webster playing the other corner, it's important for Amukamara to hold his own against the Cowboys' 12th-ranked passing offense.
Stevie Brown (S) -- With a banged up running game, Romo will be slinging the ball. Thus, Brown is a good bet to make a big play. He has key interception in two of the last three games in place of injured Kenny Phillips, who is listed as doubtful. Brown has been a special teams opportunist, as well.
Jason Pierre-Paul (DE) -- The last time the Giants were in Dallas, Pierre-Paul blew up the game. He had eight tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and blocked a potential game-winning field goal at the gun. Pierre-Paul has been picking up steam with seven tackles and three sacks in his last two games.
Hakeem Nicks (WR) -- Nicks, who has been hampered by foot and knee injuries, may not be at 100 percent, but he's getting closer to it with each passing week. Furthermore, in six career games against Dallas, Nicks has 33 catches for 504 yards and four TDs. I feel a big game coming from him.
Martellus Bennett (TE) -- The absence of Sean Lee (season-ending toe injury) hurts the Cowboys in more ways than one. The hard-nosed inside linebacker is a run-stopper, but he also has the speed to cover Bennett, who caught four balls for 40 yards and a touchdown against Dallas in week one. With Lee not in the lineup, Manning may look for Bennett on third downs and in the red zone.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
- Sports & Recreation
- American Football
- Prince Amukamara