Dallas took care of business at home last week and clinched the NFC East with a 27-20 win over the Buccaneers. It was far from a perfect game, but it wasn’t bad enough to make anyone panic about the Cowboys playoff chances.
New York Giants showed why they are not going to the playoffs this year. Another two-score last quarter lead faded to obscurity and the Giants let the Indianapolis Colts maintain their own playoff aspirations with a heartbreaking 28-27 loss.
Even after the Colts took the lead with an extra point, the Giants had a minute left to move into position for their Pro Bowl kicker, Albert Rosas, to pull out the victory. But Eli Manning could not add to his list of fourth-quarter comeback victories, throwing a deep interception to seal the deal.
Manning has been announced the starter for the season finale as rumors swirl that he will return as the starter in 2019. Rookie Kyle Lauletta sabotaged any consideration to take a look at the Giants’ developmental project when he was cited for multiple offenses related to a traffic violation earlier this season.
Dallas could be tempted to rest some starters as there is no positioning advantage to be had with a victory or loss. Jimmy Jones says there are some obvious players who will sit, but most starters will line up for the first drive and try to end their regular season with a better offensive showing than they had against the Buccaneers.
Injuries and notes
One injured player who might line up Sunday is Tavon Austin. He hasn’t played in several weeks and might use this game as a tune-up for the postseason.
Sean Lee will probably sit out. Tyrone Crawford has carted off the field with what looked like a serious neck injury but was released from the hospital with the diagnosis of a simple sprain. He will not play Sunday, however.
New York has a slew of players on their injury report. Who plays might be determined by who has something to prove for next season and who might be an ex-Giant soon.
Odell Beckham (quad) is still questionable, as are Russell Shepard (ankle) and tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion). Defensive end Mario Edwards (hip) and Kerry Wynn (thumb), along with linebacker Alec Ogletree (concussion) are questionable.
Pat Shurmur is reported “tortured” by the growing process the Giants are going through, but most observers claim the Giants locker room resembles a winning team and attitude. About the only question the Giants don’t have to answer is whether Shurmur will be back.
Likewise, Sean Payton would have to make a boneheaded mistake that cost his team a wild-card win to have any chance of being let go by Jones. Dallas is a division winner, no matter what the rest of the division looks like.
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Who will win the Giants-Cowboys game?
Dallas has nothing to play for and the Giants have nothing but pride. Pride will be enough as the Giants defense holds onto a second-half lead against the Cowboys’ backups.