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Giants vs. Cowboys Key Matchups


LT David Diehl vs. LB DeMarcus WareSliding out to left tackle from guard two weeks ago to replace Will Beatty (detached retina), David Diehl finds himself back at the position where he spent most of his career since 2007. This week he finds himself up against a familiar foe, DeMarcus Ware. Leading the NFL with 15.0 sacks, Ware has 9.0 in 12 games against the Giants since 2005. Since Diehl moved to tackle in 2007, the two have gone back and forth. In their 2008 meeting in Dallas, Ware had three sacks and forced two fumbles before having one of each during last season's edition at Cowboys Stadium. In between, the Cowboys lost twice and Ware was held to one sack.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett commented on the matchup.

"There are a lot of great matchups when you play a team every year but in particular when you play a team in your division because you play them a couple times a year," said the former Giants backup quarterback. "That has always been a great matchup and there have been some other ones all across the board on both sides of the ball. That is certainly one of the subplots of the game and we are excited to see how it plays out."

Giants Linebackers vs. TE Jason WittenOpposing tight ends have averaged six catches for 77 yards on the Giants in the last three games and have scored a total of three touchdowns (two from the Saints' Jimmy Graham and another from the Packers' Jermichael Finley last week). While Perry Fewell continues to rotate linebackers, Jason Witten enters Sunday night with 61 catches for 760 yards and five touchdowns.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul vs. LT Doug Free

Jason Pierre-Paul is tied for fifth in the NFL with 10.5 sacks and matches his heralded athleticism with limitless effort. With Osi Umenyiora ruled out, he'll be going up against Doug Free, the lone Cowboys lineman starting in the same position as their last meeting. Pierre-Paul will be looking for his first sack against the Cowboys.

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