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Cowboys-Giants: Five things to watch

1 Division debut

The Cowboys fared well against NFC East opponents last season, going 5-1, although that single loss kept them out of the playoffs. This year they hope to replicate the success and are looking for their third consecutive win over the New York Giants.

2 Romo’s response

Owner Jerry Jones feels Tony Romo might be playing his best football ever, particularly after dismantling a tough Seattle defense. Romo has shown patience in the pocket and has flourished with a steady and productive running game.

3 100-yard streak

DeMarco Murray has started the season with six consecutive 100-yard rushing games and appears to have a favorable matchup to do it again this week against the Giants. Don’t be surprised if Dez Bryant turns in a 100-yard receiving game, either. Bryant only has one so far this season, but his first career 100-yard receiving game came against the Giants in 2010, and he had another one against them in 2012.

4 Sacks

The Cowboys have plenty of quarterback hurries this season, but haven’t turned those into sacks. The defensive line is desperate to get that number up, and the Giants might be the answer. They allowed eight sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

5 Home-field advantage

The Cowboys have had disappointing home games to date, with AT&T Stadium feeling more like a road game than a home game. But after a 5-1 start the Cowboys believe this game will be the turning point to get the crowd back on their side and into the game. — Drew Davison

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