The NFL got it right by scheduling all divisional games for the season’s final Sunday. As a result, the Sunday night delight on NBC was flexed into a Cowboys-Giants winner take all bout for the NFC East title.
The long time rivals are literally limping to the finish line as each team has a myriad of injuries. Pretty rough to see these busted up teams in Week 17 and ask players to play two more regular season games as proposed by the owners, but that is a discussion for another time.
The question before the house now is who is moving in to the tournament as Bill Parcells so aptly put it.
First off, ALL the pressure Sunday night is on the Giants. For starters, the game is at their place. Not that has been much comfort for fans of Big Blue. The G-men are just 3-4 at MetLife this season and they aren’t exactly finishing strong having lost five of their last seven games overall.
Then there is the matter of their embattled Head Coach, Tom Coughlin. Another dismal December has put Coughlin on the verge of getting fired.. again. They did win a Super Bowl the last time Coughlin was on the way out the door.
So a loss means the end of the line for Coughlin and phone calls to Bill Cowher, Jeff Fisher and any other big name field general out there. No more Ray Handleys please.
For the Cowboys, Sunday is not a must win. And forget any rumors about Jerry Jones firing his hand-picked Head Coach, Jason Garrett. Jones has gone on record that Garrett is safe. Plus the fact that he is under contract for three more season after this one is good for job security.
The Cowboys are a team with essentially a first year head coach. A quarterback who is hurt, two running backs that are hurt and two wide receivers that are banged up. Despite it all, Dallas is one win away from making the playoffs. You don’t blow that up.. yet.
Normally, I would go with the time that is loose (Dallas) to win a big game like this. Home Field usually means nothing in these kind of games anyway.. but I think the Giants will win. Eli Manning has been so clutch this season. And i think the Giants are less damaged than the ‘Boys.
Coughlin may well save his job with a Week 17 win and the Giants did string together three straight road victories en route to beating the undefeated Patriots in the Super Bowl. So the lesson here is that to win it, you got to be in it.
Giants 23 Cowboys 20.
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