One thing that Fewell emphasized strongly to the media on Thursday was the need for the Giants defense to not get too excited against their NFC East rival. While many are calling this the Giants Super Bowl, as they sit just two games back in the division and will tie Dallas in the standings with a win on Sunday, Fewell needs his unit to keep their cool.
"I thought the preparation yesterday was very focused. There was some learning going on today and I could tell our guys are pumped about playing this football game, we just can’t get overexcited," said Fewell. "We just have to stay within ourselves. I think we’re focusing much better. I think the purpose of us going out and because we’re behind in this race, we’re going out with that purpose of winning a football game, no matter what."
Fewell told the media that Romo has been a solid quarterback for several years and not much has changed, only that Romo solely runs the offense himself; but they need to find a way to force him to make mistakes and hope that he struggles.
"We’ve got a great deal of respect for Tony. He’s a good pocket passer. He moves out of the pocket, he’s even more dangerous," said Fewell. "It seems like he has more control of the offense than he has in the past. You just have to hope he has a bad day. I don’t know if you can say there’s one key thing that you’d do against Tony because he’s seen it all."
Fewell said that one of the strategies that the defense will use to confuse Romo would be to disguise some of the packages, but since he has been in the league for several years, it is going to be difficult.
"He’s seen it all. In my mind, he’s like Peyton and Tom Brady and those guys. He’s been in the league for a long time. He’s seen every coverage known to man," said Fewell. "You’ll try to disguise and do some things like that, but they employ a pretty quick game against us. It depends on the approach that he comes out with and what the philosophy they’re going to come out with because you can disguise and you can disguise yourself out of position."
After last week when Green Bay Packers third-string quarterback Scott Tolzein tallied almost 350 yards through the air, including five passes of 25 yards or more, Fewell noted that the defense cannot get caught off guard.
"We had a couple of mental busts and then he [Tolzein] made some good plays," said Fewell. "So do I want to have that number of big plays? Hell no, but we’re trying to do a better job of making sure we’ve researched and give them all the moves we think that they’ll employ so we don’t have those big plays this week."
One weapon in Romo's arsenal that has done some serious damage has been receiver Dez Bryant, who is having a stellar year and is expected to break the 1,000 yard marker within the next few games and is tied for 4th in receiving touchdowns with eight. While Dez has succumb to some off the field controversy after getting into a screaming match with his quarterback and tight-end Jason Witten, if the Giants defense lets him loose on the outside, he could rack up the yards and find the endzone.
Fewell said that Prince Amukamara has made some serious improvements over the year and would be a possible matchup against Bryant, as Fewell feels confident that he can shut down the Pro-Bowl receiver.
"Prince is playing well for us right now. That’s a strong matchup, I think, for us," said Fewell. " Prince was the little brother and he still may be the little brother to most of these guys, but he’s made some plays. He was physical last week in the game and made some tackles. He’s answered the challenge that we’ve given him each week and I think he’s responding."
So call it what you will, every game from here on out is important for Big Blue, but if the Giants can't seal a victory against the Cowboys on Sunday, the lost season that was almost evaded, may be reached.