Fantasy Breakdown: Giants vs. Cowboys

Fantasy Breakdown: Giants vs. Cowboys

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The NFL season is underway and it didn't take long to find our first surprise of the fantasy season. The Cowboys and Giants struggled in the first half before the visitors from Dallas took control on the ground and through the air with a makeshift offensive line in the second half.

Romo is the real deal:
From a regular season fantasy perspective Tony Romo has finally put up consistent numbers. Coming into the season it was Eli Manning who was in the conversation to be put in top 5 fantasy quarterback status. Wednesday night, Romo made his case to be in elite company. Romo completed 22 of 29 passes for 307 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. After a first half of nothing to write home about play, Romo took control of the game in the second half even with a make shift offensive line.

On Target:
Romo completed 22-of-29 passes Wednesday night. Here are his targets followed by completions.
Kevin Ogletree- 11 (8)
Dez Bryant- 5 (4)
Miles Austin- 4 (4)
Jason Witten- 3 (2)
Felix Jones- 2 (0)
DeMarco Murray- 2 (2)
John Phillips- 1 (1)
James Hanna- 1 (1)

Didn't see that one coming:
Kevin Ogletree was the surprise of the night. The Dallas recently named third receiver not only scored twice against the Giants, he was also targeted more than any receiver on either team except Victor Cruz. Tony Romo threw Ogletree's way 11 times connecting on eight for 114 yards. Ogletree took advantage of a banged up Giants secondary.

He was who we thought he was:
DeMarco Murray ran for 131 yards on 20 carries picking up right where he left off when he was injured against the Giants in week 14 last season.  After running for only 20 yards in the first half, Murray found his stride in the second half working 111 yards on 12 carries.

Book on Eli:

Good but not good enough would be the perfect description of Eli and the G-men's offensive output Wednesday night. Manning completed 21 of 32 passes for 213 yards and a late touchdown.

On Target:
Victor Cruz-11 (6)
Hakeem Nicks – 6 (4)
Martellus Bennett- 5 (4)
Dominic Hixon- 5 (3)
Ahmad Bradshaw- 3 (2)
Henry Hynoski-1 (1)
Bear Pascoe- 1 (1)

Stop the salsa:
Victor Cruz was targeted 11 times by Manning catching six but dropping three sure things. He failed to get into the end zone and finished with 58 yards. The Cowboys secondary played Cruz physical and only allowed Cruz to make one big play in the first half for 26 yards. Cruz also caught only one pass for five yards in the second half.

Running against the wind:
Ahmad Bradshaw led the way on the ground with 78 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Rookie David Wilson carried the ball only twice before fumbling and turning the ball over in the first half.

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