Week 17 NFL Picks: Predicting Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants

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Week 17 NFL Picks: Predicting Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
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Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys have one last shot at making the playoffs as they face the New York Giants on Sunday in the final regular-season game.  Romo is looking to bounce back after missing most of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles after bruising the back of his hand by hitting it on Jason Babin's helmet.

The Cowboys are reeling from their 20-7 loss to the Eagles, their third loss in the last four games.  While DeMarcus Ware picked up two sacks, the Cowboys' pass rush was often absent.  The Cowboys struggled to put together yards on the ground, and Stephen McGee just couldn't hold over at quarterback.

Meanwhile, the Giants are flying high after their 29-14 victory on Sunday against the New York Jets.  Ahmad Bradshaw ran for two scores and Victor Cruz had 164 yards receiving.

Cruz will be tough for the Cowboys to stop.

The Cowboys will hope to make things go differently from the last meeting with the Giants a few weeks ago.  Romo overthrew Miles Austin on the next-to-last drive and had a snap miscue on the last drive.  Dan Bailey missed what would have been a game-tying field goal as the Giants escaped with the win.

Rob Ryan sent the blitz early and often, but to no avail as the Cowboys' rushers whiffed every time.

Will the Cowboys' rush hit this time against the Giants?

Other questions loom as the Cowboys look to win the division.

Will Romo be on target after missing most of the last game?  Will Felix Jones be fresh and undeterred by his hamstring injury?  Who will get the catches?  Will Dez Bryant be tightly covered like last time?  Can the Cowboys' corners handle Cruz?

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