Eli Manning out to take on Tony Romo in classic quarterback battle.
Where: Metlife Stadium
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The New York Giants aren’t apologising for the fact that their four-game win streak has come against backup quarterbacks.
The Dallas Cowboys are hoping a week off will help the league’s worst defense demonstrate some much-needed improvement.
These NFC East rivals seem to be headed in different directions going into Sunday’s matchup at MetLife Stadium.
New York has taken advantage of a favorable four-game stretch to recover from a winless six-game start. The Giants (4-6) played Josh Freeman making his Minnesota debut in a 23-7 victory October 21 and knocked out Michael Vick and were up against rookie Matt Barkley for most of a 15-7 win over Philadelphia the next week before their bye.
More good fortune continued as they took advantage of a hobbled Terrelle Pryor in a 24-20 victory over Oakland on November 10 before last Sunday’s 27-13 win over Green Bay, which gave Scott Tolzien his first career start. Now New York will see a proven starter in Tony Romo.
There’s no way to spin how bad Dallas (5-5) has been defensively. The Cowboys are yielding an NFL-worst 456.7 yards per game, and a low point came in their 49-17 loss at New Orleans on Nov. 10.
Linebacker Sean Lee was lost to a hamstring injury in the first quarter and the Cowboys were horrendous, surrendering an NFL-record 40 first downs and 625 yards — two more than the franchise record set two weeks earlier in Detroit.