Cowboys versus Giants

The Dallas Cowboys played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. If you had an opportunity to see the game, you saw a Dallas Cowboy team get gashed by the run. The Dallas Cowboys gave up 174 yards on the ground to the Bucs. Basically, the only reason the Dallas Cowboys won this game was that we outscored them. Once they got behind, late in the third quarter, they had to start throwing the ball. If Tampa’s pass defense had been a little more stout, the Dallas Cowboys would’ve been in real trouble.

Now the Dallas Cowboys play the division champs, the New York Giants. The Giants can run the ball. They will try and control the clock and keep Tony Romo off the field. If we think back, the Cowboys’ defense had some significant problems stopping the run towards the end of last year. As far as I can tell, these problems have not been addressed. I disagree with most football analysts and I believe that this is the key to the game — the Cowboys front seven versus the Giants running game. If the Cowboys can stop the run and forced Eli Manning to throw the ball, the Cowboys should win the game.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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