Sep 5, 2012
Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants
Game Time: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. ET,
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
TV: NBC | Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Cowboys had their top three receivers on the field for just two series in the preseason, yet QB Tony Romo led all quarterbacks with a preseason passer rating of 117.1. With TE Jason Witten (spleen) unlikely to suit up, Romo needs a healthy boost from his offensive line and RB DeMarco Murray in order to continue his stellar stretch of games against the Giants (three straight games with rating of 106 or higher). Murray saw little of the Giants last season but is essential as a check-down option against New York’s potent pass rush. Eli Manning has had Dallas’ number, clearing the 300-yard mark in five of the past six meetings because the Cowboys haven’t been able to pressure him. Without a few familiar faces—WR Mario Manningham, RB Brandon Jacobs, TE Jake Ballard—he could need help from former Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett and rookie RB David Wilson in the flat to open passing lanes downfield.