The New York Giants found the formula for another Super Bowl championship. In today’s NFL, that means getting hot at the right time behind a good quarterback, good receivers and defense that can pressure the quarterback.
Don’t the Cowboys have those ingredients, too? Except for the getting hot at the right time?
After watching the Super Bowl, the Star-Telegram’s NFL writers answered this question: “Where do you think the Cowboys match up most favorably with the Super Bowl champs?”
Their answers follow. Give us yours in the comments.
Clarence Williams, Cowboys beat writer: Wow ... As of right now, the Cowboys don't match up well against the Giants, who have a better offensive line, better receivers, better defensive line, a better secondary, albeit slightly, and -- dare I say it? -- a better quarterback. The Cowboys have the edge at tight end, running back and linebacker because of DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee. The emergence of DeMarco Murray puts the Cowboys over top at running back. But none of it appears to be enough to put the Cowboys over the top in the NFC East, where they will head into next season as the third best team behind the Giants and the Eagles and just ahead of the Redskins.”
Charean Williams, Cowboys beat writer: Um, well ... Let's see ... The Giants are better at quarterback, better in the offensive line, better at receiver. They have a better pass rush. Their secondary isn't any worse than the Cowboys. The Cowboys do have a better running game. DeMarco Murray looks like a star in the making, and pairing him with Felix Jones, the Cowboys could have a good one-two punch there next year behind fullback Tony Fiammetta. But the Cowboys have a lot of areas they have to get better in this off-season if they are going to catch the Giants.”
Carlos Mendez, Cowboys beat writer: The areas where the Cowboys compare favorably to the Giants are on offense. The quarterback, running back and tight end for the Cowboys are good enough to start for the Giants – in fact, would, except for the quarterback. But the Giants wouldn’t take any of the Cowboys’ linemen, except Tyron Smith. They could use cornerback Mike Jenkins, and linebacker Sean Lee could cover more ground in coverage than Michael Boley. But that’s about it for significant advantages for the Cowboys. At defensive end and defensive tackle, the Giants are better. They’re as good in the secondary and on special teams. They’re sure better at receiver. Coach and front office? Do we need to get started there?
David Humphrey, Cowboys beat editor: Considering the Cowboys had the Giants on the ropes in the regular season, Dallas might be closer to a Super Bowl contender than they look. Dallas can easily match the Giants' offensive talent. They still have work to do on defense to catch New York.