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Giants Look To Avenge Opening Night Loss To Cowboys

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants on the bench in the game with the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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There are only two blemishes on what has been a fairly impressive defense of last year’s Super Bowl title. The Giants look to right one of their wrongs on Sunday, traveling to Dallas  in hopes of avenging an Opening Night loss at home to the Cowboys.

Big Blue has reeled off three straight victories to build a 1.5 games lead over the Cowboys and Eagles – the two teams they’ve lost to – in the NFC East.

And, the Giants are 3-0 in the $1 billion palace called Cowboys Stadium, which opened in 2009.

Dallas looked great in the opener, but have been plagued by the same mistakes that have held them back over the last few seasons – turnovers, penalties and dropped passes.

Tony Romo lead the ‘Boys to hard fought road win over the Panthers in Week 7. While hey scored just one touchdown on offense, the Dallas ‘D’ forced a pair of turnovers and kept the Panthers ground game under 100 yards – which can be difficult considering Cam Newton’s ability to burn teams for big yards when he’s pushed out of the pocket.

With the help of Ahmad Bradshaw’s two 100-plus yard games (including a 200 yard performance vs. Cleveland), the Giants have ripped off rushing totals of 243 and 149 yards in consecutive games, before they were held to only 64 against Washington last week.

Defensively, Jason Pierre Paul led the Giants with 16.5 sacks on season ago and was facing criticism after getting the quarterback once in the first five games. However, he’s got three sacks in the teams last two wins.

New York won’t have to deal with Sean Lee’s team leading 36 tackles as the third-year linebacker is done for the season with torn ligaments in his foot.  Starting running back DeMarco Murray is nursing a foot injury of his own, and may sit out a second straight week, meaning Felix Jones and Phillip Tanner will lineup behind Romo.

Bradshaw (foot) expects to play, but has been reportedly held out of practices this week.

Center David Baas (knee), DT Rocky Bernard (quad) and Safety Kenny Phillips (knee) were limited in Tom Coughlin’s practices this week.

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