IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys’ defense maintains that it’s confident it can contain the Giants despite the recent results that strongly suggest otherwise.
The Giants rolled for 510 yards in a 37-34 victory at Cowboys Stadium earlier this month. It was the first time in franchise history that the Cowboys allowed a 400-yard passer (Eli Manning), a 100-yard receiver (Hakeem Nicks) and a 100-yard rusher (Brandon Jacobs).
But DeMarcus Ware doesn’t see an overmatched defense when he watches the film of that game. He sees a sloppy performance.
“There were a lot of mistakes we made that game, but they were correctable mistakes,” Ware said. “I watched the tape actually twice already. There were a lot of corrections made. We’re not going to make those mistakes anymore.”
The Cowboys’ defense had plenty of problems in that game. The one Ware can do the most about is the lack of pressure by Manning.
Manning dropped back to pass 47 times without being sacked. The Cowboys were only credited with two quarterback hurries.
“You really can’t make an excuse, but he was getting the ball out really quick,” said Ware, who didn’t have a hurry in the loss to the Giants, a game he played in pain due to the stinger that still bothers him. “He is an elusive guy. You’ve got to give him credit. He did really well avoiding the rush, but we’ve got to change some things up, get some more pressure on him if he’s going to pass that much and get some more pressure on him this game.”
The Cowboys’ defense completely fell apart during the final five minutes. The Giants had touchdown drives of 80 and 58 yards down the stretch to rally back from a 12-point deficit.
“Finish the game. That’s it,” linebacker Bradie James said. “We didn’t finish.”
We’ll find out Sunday night whether failing to finish falls in the category of correctable mistakes.