Much like several teams this season, the New York Giants began the year with some unexpected losses and sloppy play, to the point that experts and fans alike were wondering whether quarterback Eli Manning could ever right the ship. The Giants’ 4-6 record may not look impressive, and in fact it isn’t, but what is notable is that those four wins have all come in a row, their latest being a 27-13 victory last week over the Green Bay Packers. Today they hope to extend the streak to five as they host the Dallas Cowboys at 4:25 EST / 1:25 PST at MetLife Stadium. For reasons we’ll get into below, if you can’t see the game’s HDTV broadcast on FOX, you should make sure to watch Cowboys vs Giants online free streaming using one of several different methods.
Either of these teams could overtake the Eagles in the NFC East, so at this point in the season there’s some added motivation to win every play. However, if Eli Manning continues to turn over the ball, which he’s done an average of almost two times per game this season, the Giants’ winning streak and any momentum they may have could literally be thrown away. As for the Cowboys, their inconsistency is largely not in quarterback Tony Romo’s hands — he’s been just fine this year — but on the legs of running back DeMarco Murray, who’s had one 100-yard game and three under 40 yards. Worse yet, nearly one-third of his 548 total yards this year came in one game against the St. Louis Rams. The Cowboys seem to have the big names, guys like Dez Bryant, DeMarcus Ware, Sean Lee and Jason Witten, but it’s the other players like Murray who need to step it up if the second-place Cowboys are going to supplant the Eagles and move into the playoffs.
Perhaps because neither team has anything reliable to throw at the other, the Giants decided this week to engage in a little trash talk. It’s never a good idea to give the other team bulletin-room material, but that’s just what New York defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did after the Giants beat the Packers last week. “We’re going to put it on them, man,” Pierre-Paul said. Even more audacious was a quote from cornerback Terrell Thomas, who guaranteed a Giants victory today against the Cowboys. In Thomas’ defense, he was referring to how important today’s game against the Cowboys is to the Giants, labeling it a must-win matchup. But guaranteeing a win when your four-game winning streak came against quarterbacks Josh Freeman, Matt Barkley, Terrelle Pryor and Scott Tolzien, it’s pretty bold to say you’ll perform the same against Tony Romo and the Cowboys.
But whether you watch Cowboys vs Giants online free or catch the live broadcast on FOX, one thing you’ll see that may help the Giants deliver on that trash talk is a sad Dallas defense. For the year, Dallas is allowing 439.8 yards per game, ranking them dead last of all 32 teams in the NFL. The Giants, by comparison, will take the league’s 11th-ranked defense up against the Cowboys’ 18th-ranked offense, which sure seems like a good justification for the Giants’ optimistic guarantees. Especially now that Eli Manning has stopped turning the ball over like a pancake and has slowly pushed himself back into the above-average quarterback conversation. In spite of his slow start, Giants QB Manning has managed to go 208-364 for 2,586 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has had an equally impressive season, though, and he’s got Dez Bryant in the wings waiting to explode for a big game. Through 11 weeks, Romo has gone 239-370 for 2,681 yards and an impressive 21 touchdowns. His favorite target is, of course, wide receiver Bryant, who’s nabbed eight touchdowns and 749 yards on the year, four more TDs and more than 200 yards than the next closest receiver.
To see the quarterback battle play out, and to learn whether the Giants can backup all that trash talk, you can watch Cowboys vs Giants online free on DirecTV’s website. Doing so requires that you have the NFL Sunday Ticket with MAX Package, which requires a subscription. But anyone who has that subscription can watch the live streaming version free of any NFL game, including today’s 4:25 EST / 1:25 PST showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants.