Thursday, December 8, 2011
Five-star: Victor Cruz will do some dancing
By Calvin Watkins
Five-star question: Will Victor Cruz become the fourth consecutive receiver to have a 100-yard game against the Cowboys' secondary or will another Giants' receiver do it?
Yes. Cruz has emerged in the New York Giants offense the same way DeMarco Murray has in the Dallas Cowboys offense. Cruz is fast, big and runs good enough routes to make an impact. The Cowboys' secondary has struggled of late, especially in man-to-man coverage, and the foot injury to safety Gerald Sensabaugh has limited his ability to make plays in the passing game.
Overall, the pass defense is ranked 14th in the NFL, allowing 230.2 yards per game, but over the last three weeks the Cowboys have given up 14 pass plays of 20 or more yards to Rex Grossman, Matt Moore and Kevin Kolb.
What do you think Eli Manning will do against the Cowboys' secondary?
In his career, Manning has thrown 26 touchdowns against the Cowboys, the second-most against any opponent. He has a comfort level against this secondary.
He's not afraid to throw the ball downfield and, despite DeMarcus Ware's presence on the pass rush, Manning will get rid of the ball quickly.
Cruz, meanwhile, should provide a matchup problem for Cowboys slot corner Orlando Scandrick. Cruz can be a physical receiver at times. If he gets into open spaces by beating Scandrick, that could be trouble for the Cowboys.