Cowboys-Giants Preview: Dez Bryant Officially Ruled Out

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NEW YORK CITY — The Boys might have gotten out of town just in time to avoid the storm, but there was still a black cloud hanging over their heads as they landed in New York. After starting the season with a couple of wins, they are now losers of three straight games coming out of the Bye Week.

But another division win would put the Cowboys back on track in an NFC East division that appears to be up for grabs.

Head coach Jason Garrett took advantage of the Cowboys early touchdown in NYC by taking the team to the Ground Zero Memorial. It was followed by a dinner in which Tony Romo and Jerry Jones poked fun at the fact that they were sporting identical shirts.

But one thing the Boys hope isn’t identical this week is the play at quarterback which is why a change was made. Matt Cassel is set to lead the Romo-less offense on Sunday. cassle

The expectation is that unlike Weeden, Cassel will take more chances downfield to stretch the defense and perhaps give more room for Dallas’ so far uninspiring core of running backs.

But with Dez Bryant officially ruled out, the key to the Cowboys’ success will involve the other side of the ball.

The Cowboys defense will be the healthiest it’s been all season with playmakers Greg Hardy, Sean Lee, Rolando McClain and rookie Randy Gregory all on the field together for the first time this year. The unit will look to build on the performance of their last game in which they sacked Tom Brady five times before halftime.

Pressure on Eli Manning will be needed for a defense that currently ranks dead last in the league in takeaways.

So Sunday, the Boys look to take a bite out of the Big Apple in the form of a season sweep of the G-Men and once again get back in the win column.