Everything's up for grabs on Sunday night.
If you can’t beat ‘em, steal ‘em?
As we know all too well, the Cowboys are 0-4 against the New York Giants in Arlington. They’ve found a variety of ways to lose to their NFC East rivals in their relatively new home. Late leads. Empty comebacks. Blocked field goals. Broken collar bones. And last year, of course, Dez Bryant’s hangnail coming down out of bounds.
If the Cowboys are to get off to a 1-0 start and instill confidence in their fans that 2013 will be different than another playoff-less 8-8 season, they’ll have to find a way to finally beat New York. Maybe Kyle Bosworth is the missing ingredient.
Bosworth grew up a Cowboys fan and attended Plano West High School before attending UCLA. His cousin was Brian “The Boz” Bosworth, the enigmatic star linebacker who played at Oklahoma and for the Seahawks. A week ago Kyle was a Giant, preparing to play the Cowboys. But today he was at Valley Ranch, a Cowboy now preparing to face his former, familiar team.
“It’s going to easy for me because I know what they have and I’m sure they’re going to change up some stuff in the same sense,” said Bosworth, signed by the Cowboys both for his special teams knack and unique perspective on Sunday’s opponent. “I know their personnel. I know their coaches. I’m really thrilled to be a part of this team and playing against guys who I’ve played against or with the whole off-season.”
It's doubtful an emergency role player like Bosworth will play a big part in the Cowboys finally beating the Giants at AT&T Stadium. Unless he can play pass defense, that is. In their four losses, the Cowboys have averaged 31 points, but surrendered to Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning an astounding 1,228 yards and eight touchdown passes.
Considering what Dallas has experienced against New York since 2009, Bosworth’s arrival can’t hurt.
2009: Giants 33, Cowboys 31 – Lawrence Tynes kicks a 37-yard field goal as time expires, ruining the debut of Cowboys Stadium and an NFL-record crowd of 105,121.
2010: Giants 41, Cowboys 35 – Tony Romo is sacked by Michael Boley and suffers a season-ending broken collar bone.
2011: Giants 37, Cowboys 34 – Cowboys blow a 12-point lead in the final five minutes and lose when Jason Pierre-Paul blocks Dan Bailey’s potential game-tying field goal on the game’s final play.
2012: Giants 29, Cowboys 24 – Rally from 23-0 deficit falls short as Dez Bryant’s hand comes down inches out of bounds on what would have been dramatic game-winning touchdown in two minutes.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.