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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Opposing voice: Eli Manning

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Eli Manning will make the 15th start of his career, including playoffs, against the Cowboys on Sunday.

His first win as a pro came on Jan. 2, 2005, when he beat the Cowboys, 28-24, at Giants Stadium. He has seen Mike Zimmer coordinate Cowboys’ defenses. He has seen Wade Phillips coordinate Cowboys’ defenses.

On Sunday he gets Rob Ryan’s defense for the first time.

“I’ll just keep looking at it until I get familiar with it and get an idea of what we might see and try to handle everything with their pressures and blitzes,” Manning said during the week. “I know we’ll have a good plan for the team. The whole situation is a little different having not played Dallas till late this season with a new coordinator.”

Manning sees differences in how the Cowboys attack under Ryan.

“I think they do a good job of mixing in different pressures, but it’s still a defense that is filled with talent,” Manning said. “It starts with their ability to get to the quarterback. When you have DeMarcus Ware, [Anthony] Spencer, and [Jay] Ratliff and that front seven’s always talented. They do a good job causing problems in the run game and get to the quarterback. You’ve got to account for those guys and make sure you can get those guys blocked up to give yourself a shot to have more success.”