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Giants pass rush knocks quarterbacks out

10/21/2010

IRVING -- A concern for the Cowboys on Monday night when they face the New York Giants is the pass rush.

On the season, the Giants have 21 sacks with Osi Umenyiora leading the way with eight. Justin Tuck has four sacks and 10 quarterback hits. As a team, the Giants have compiled 36 quarterback hits.

More importantly it seems the Giants have an ability to knock quarterbacks out of games.

Matt Moore, Jay Cutler, Todd Collins and Shaun Hill were knocked out of games due to the oncoming pass rush. Moore in the season opener, Cutler and Collins in the same game, a Week 4 win for the Giants over the Bears in which they had 10 sacks. Last week vs. the Lions, Hill was sent to the sidelines.

"Yeah, we don’t like to see quarterbacks get knocked out," offensive line coach Hudson Houck said. "We faced some pretty good defenses the last three weeks. Tennessee was really good and last week [Minnesota] a really good pass rush."

Tony Romo has been sacked seven times this season, with six of those sacks coming against the Tennessee Titans.

Dallas has avoided sacks with quicker throws from Romo and dump off passes to the running backs. Against the Vikings talented pass rush, Romo made sure he found running back Felix Jones. He caught 10 passes out of the backfield.

Romo also does a nice job of avoiding the blitz by using his feet to keep plays alive. He did that against the Vikings when he moved up in the pocket and found Jones near the sidelines for a pass.

The Cowboys offensive line has struggled with its health this year.

It's projected starting lineup has started four of the first five games this season.

Starting left guard Kyle Kosier is out two-to-three weeks with a strained right Achilles, though coach Wade Phillips said he's day-to-day. Kosier didn't practice on Wednesday.

The Giants employ a talented front four led by Tuck and Umenyiora and of course former Cowboy Chris Canty, who plays defensive tackle.

"You look at those down guys and how they rush those guys are probably the best that we’ve faced," Houck said. "Very good."