Giants’ cornerback Corey Webster was well aware of the task at hand this past Sunday. Although the Dallas Cowboys entered the Meadowlands with evident physical and psychological injuries, particularly the absence of their Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo resulting from a broken pinkie, their overall talent– which includes receiver Terrell Owens–still made them dangerous. “We couldn’t take anything for granted,” said the 26-year-old, fourth year standout from LSU .And they didn’t. “It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is,” he added, “our goal is to go out there and get turnovers.”
And they did. Led by Webster’s two interceptions of Romo’s ill-suited replacement, Brad Johnson, the Giants’ defense forced four turnovers and shut down the depleted Cowboys offense, providing their own offensive unit great field position throughout the game as they smashed their fading rival by 35-14. The Giants have since trained their eyes on the Philadelphia Eagles, whom they will meet on the road this Sunday (8:15 p.m.) in another important divisional matchup. The Giants, at 7-1, lead the NFC East. The Washington Redskins, who hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, were 6-2 prior to kickoff, ahead of the 5-3 Eagles and 5-4 last place Cowboys. But by the time the calendar turns to December, the Eagles may be the Giants’ most capable challenger for division supremacy. As usual, the Eagles’ fifth ranked defense (the Giants are third in the league) is a staple of their success. Likewise, the Eagles’ offense is once again formidable, a long-missing piece since their appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 and the subsequent falling out between quarterback Donovan McNabb and then Eagles receiver Terrell Owens. Today, the 31-year-old McNabb is regaining the health and form that allowed him to be one of the NFL’s best signal callers earlier in his career, and do-it- all running back Brian Westbrook’s banged-up body is gradually getting better. Meanwhile, the Cowboys, the pre-season Super Bowl favorite, are in rapid decline.