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A Giant Question Mark

By Kyle McMorrow


Last month the New York Giants were cruising along in the NFC East, the offense was clicking, and thoughts of a Super Bowl hangover were long forgotten.

But how long does it take for a team to unravel?

Ask Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. While the Cowboys were picked as the early Super Bowl favorites, they have done little to prove the sports world knows anything at all about the makings of a champion.

But despite all of their injuries, an Adam Jones and Roy E. Williams bust, and rumors of a secret playbook between Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten, the Cowboys currently hold a playoff spot entering Sunday’s showdown with the Giants.

With Dallas standing at 8-5, and on the brink of playoff elimination, it is the Giants who are looking at a must-win situation.

While New York may have been cruising last month, they seem to have currently hit a major road block which was illustrated in the debacle that was last weeks 20-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Although division games will always be tough, the Eagles didn’t beat the Giants, they beat themselves, and that’s the cause for concern.

Get past the Plaxico saga, and see what last Sunday's loss was really all about. For the first time this season, the Giants doubted themselves. The receivers couldn’t catch, Manning was throwing into double coverage with no blue jersey in sight, and Brian Westbrook imposed his will on a defense that prides itself on stopping the run.

With the Giants and Cowboys game headlining the week, its New York who stands with more to lose, because what was once a dominating force, is turning into a Dallas rerun, which could hold them back from a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Eagles provided a blueprint to defeating the Giants, Brandon Jacobs is once again injured, and Dominic Hixon is a game time decision. Now, with starters injured, off-field turmoil, and a league full of teams hungry for a chance to knock off the defending champs, the Giants are finding themselves in a position they are not used to having to deal with.

Another loss would keep the Cowboys in the hunt for the post-season, and muddy the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The only month that matters is December, and the Giants are already 0-1, with Dallas and Carolina on deck.

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