Giants have momentum
The Giants are gaining some momentum while the Cowboys are sinking quickly. Based on that, you'll see the Giants in the playoffs and the Cowboys sitting at home. Jerry Jones will have all offseason to come up with reasons he isn't the problem with the Cowboys.
Unfortunately, if you're a Giants fan, does making the playoffs mean you have to put up with Tom Coughlin for another year? With young playmakers on offense (Victor Cruz) and defense (Jason Pierre-Paul) and a quarterback coming into his prime (Eli Manning), it would be nice to see what a new coach could do with some of New York's talent.
But we'll have to wait until their first playoff loss to see if the Giants bring back Coughlin.
If the Cowboys are going to beat the Giants on Sunday night on the road and win the NFC East, they are going to have to reverse a trend.
Dallas has not played well for the last month, winning only once in four games. One of their losses during the streak, on Dec. 11, was to these very Giants. But the Giants haven't had much of an advantage at home, going 3-4. We should also point out their defense is very vulnerable, ranking 28th in the league both in points allowed (25.7 per game) and yards (381.5).
Whether the Cowboys can capitalize is the issue. Tony Romo is expected to play with a bruised hand. It appears the Cowboys have a little too much to overcome in this one.
Giants still dangerous
The Giants, on the Ryan Brothers NFL Postseason Elimination Tour, put it to Rob's Dallas defense for 37 points a few weeks ago in Arlington, and then decimated Rex and his Jets' playoff chances with a 29-14 walloping on Saturday.
Bruised-up Tony Romo and the limping Cowboys will just be speed bumps. No one has played a tougher schedule the last eight games than Tom Coughlin's gang, and their record has suffered.
Make no mistake, though, a team that can pass rush without blitzing as effectively as the Giants can and who have offensive weaponry such as Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and a recently reinvigorated Brandon Jacobs pose a major postseason threat.
Or, who will lose?
Considering the direction the NFC East has been going, the more appropriate question might be, "Who is going to lose?"
Both are 2-3 in the division and haven't shown any consistency. In their last encounter, the Cowboys couldn't hold a 12-point lead late in the fourth quarter at home and lost 37-34. The difference for the finale should be Eli Manning, who has carried the awkward Giants all season while completing 60 percent of his passes and throwing for more than 4,500 yards.
He carved up the Cowboys for 400 passing yards last time. Factor in Tony Romo injuring his throwing hand last week and the Giants playing at home, and that's a recipe for a New York division championship.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun