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The Bottom Five: Revenge on Boley, Ware carries the day, and Garrett changes before our eyes

Arthur Staple is out at the Watch Tower (aka Timex Performance Center) covering practice today and I’ve been assured that he has not strained his pectoral muscle while attempting to report a story over the middle of the field. He’ll be available on Sunday along with the rest of Newsday’s team covering the Giants-Cowboys game.

What will we be looking for when we cover the game? Glad you asked. There are plenty of hot topics to chew on, from the new coach for Dallas to the lack of receiver Steve Smith and a new-look offensive line for the Giants. But here, of course, we go straight to the end of the list. Here are this week’s Bottom Five Things to Look For:

5. Attempting to avenge the broken clavicle suffered by starting quarterback Tony Romo three weeks ago, Jon Kitna throws three straight passes directly to Michael Boley just so the offensive players can tackle him.

4. In an attempt to rattle the Cowboys, the Giants induct Wade Phillips into their Ring of Honor at halftime. “He’s done more to help the Giants in the last four seasons than any man alive,” John Mara says during the ceremony.

3. Having seen how well it worked against the Seahawks, the Giants have Sage Rosenfels and D.J. Ware as their starting quarterback and running back and do nothing but run the football all game.

2. The NCAA announces that an investigation has found that Hakeem Nicks has given roughly 200 of the fantasy football points he has earned this year to University of North Carolina players to use in their leagues, and he has promised to provide them with 10 perfect of his future earnings in PPR leagues for the next five years.

1. The stress of the job transforms him on the sideline. Jason Garrett starts the game tall, slender and youthful. By the fourth quarter he looks like … Wade Phillips.


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