In less than 30 hours, I'll be watching my New York Giants take the field against the Dallas Cowboys. I'm not predicting an easy win, but the Giants have won the seven of the past nine games against the Cowboys. I'm just saying.
With all that said, the Cowboys do have some guys on their team that I'm a little worried about. If these five players have a great game, my Giants could be starting the season 0-1.
Let's take a look at the five players I'm concerned about:
1: Dez Bryant, WR: Dez Bryant has big-play potential written all over him. He can turn the game around in one play. I've seen him do it. I know that Dez hasn't lived up to his potential yet, but he is still someone the Giants should have on their radar. The Giants' secondary is all beat up, and with a talent like Dez running around, you bet that I'm worried.
In his three-year career, Dez Bryant has hauled in 108 catches for 1,489 yards and 15 touchdowns. Bryant has yet to prove that he can stay healthy for a whole season; that's why his numbers are not that impressive. But I don't let those numbers fool me. I know what I've seen, and I know that Bryant is a game changer. He really hasn't had a breakout game yet, but it could come anytime. I just hope it's not against my Giants.
2: DeMarco Murray, RB: DeMarco Murray has only started seven games for the Dallas Cowboys. But in those seven games, he has showed tremendous promise. Murray has 4.4 speed with good hands and good field vision. Murray is kind of a big guy. He's 6-0 and weighs in at 213 pounds. And if he gets into the Giants' secondary, look out.
What worries me about Murray is that he also has game-breaking potential. I can just see him catching a screen pass out of the backfield and taking it for a huge gain. Or even worse, taking it to the house. He has the ability to do it.
3: DeMarcus Ware, LB: DeMarcus Ware is the best guy the Cowboys have on defense. And he's a sack machine. In his seven years in the league, he's recorded 99.5 sacks. Wow! I hate giving props to my rivals, but I have no problem giving Ware his share.
I have terrible visions of the Giants' offensive line breaking down and Ware coming in with a full head of steam and crushing Eli Manning. It could happen. If the Giants' offensive line is anything like it was last year, D-Ware could have himself a huge evening and Eli Manning could wind up with a headache.
4: Morris Claiborne, DB: I know he's a rookie. I know he's not NFL-tested. But hear me out on this. Obviously, the Giants will throw at him a ton. With Brandon Carr on the other side, why wouldn't the Giants go after the rookie? But I'm thinking the more you throw at someone, the odds of him getting a pick goes up. It stands to reason, right?
Eli Manning probably isn't scared of any DB. If the Giants do decide to go after Claiborne and Eli throws up a bad pass like he sometimes does, Claiborne could find himself with the ball in his hands and heading toward the house. Rookie or not, Claiborne gives me cause to pause.
5: Miles Austin, WR: If he can keep from injuring his hamstring, Miles Austin could shred the Giants' secondary. When he's healthy, Miles Austin is a beast. He has 3,294 receiving yards to go along with 28 touchdowns in his seven-year career. And just like Dez Bryant, Miles Austin is due a big game.
I've seen Austin make some great plays, and with the Giants secondary not 100 percent, he could go off. Let's say the Giants are in an all-out blitz and Tony Romo escapes, as he's known to do. As I said, the Giants' secondary is shaky. I can see it now: Miles Austin breaks free and Romo heaves him the rock. Before you know it, it's a quick six for Dallas.
Dylan Davis is an avid New York Giants fan and has grown up on New York Giants football. He's seen his G-Men win four Super Bowls and can't wait to see them win four more.
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