Sunday, December 11, 2011
Manningham active for Giants-Cowboys
By Dan Graziano
ARLINGTON, Texas -- If it's to be a shootout here tonight between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants, each team will have its full complement of receiver options. Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, is active for tonight's game. So is Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, who has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury, and Cowboys fullback Tony Fiammetta, who has missed the last three games due to illness.
The return of Fiammetta should help a Cowboys run game that's averaging 2.3 more yards per carry with Fiammetta in the lineup than without him. And the return of Austin to go with Dez Bryant, tight end Jason Witten and 2011 surprise standout Laurent Robinson, should help Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo pick apart a Giants secondary that's playing without its best player, safety Kenny Phillips.
But the Cowboys' secondary hasn't exactly been stopping anybody lately, and Giants quarterback Eli Manning will have Manningham back to help him attack it with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, who have been two of the best receivers in the entire league this season. Manning needs 295 yards for his third straight 4,000-yard passing season, and since the Giants are rushing for only 83.2 yards per game, it's possible he'll have to get that many tonight to keep the Giants in the game.
I'll be here all night with your updates, and we'll be live-chatting the game, so hang out here for all of your Giants-Cowboys needs as we chronicle this critical NFC East showdown.