IRVING, Texas – In a couple of weeks, the Cowboys will travel to the Windy City for a big game with the Bears.
But they might get some real practice in those type of conditions Sunday in the Meadowlands, where the temperatures aren’t only expected to be around freezing by kickoff, but the winds are predicted to be anywhere from 25 mph and perhaps more.
To make it worse, wind inside of MetLife Stadium doesn’t exactly flow one direction all the time. The swirling winds can be problematic in the kicking game and for quarterbacks.
“That’s always a benefit for us, if it’s ever windy. I feel very confident throwing in the wind,” said Romo, who played high school football in Wisconsin and collegiately in Illinois. “It was a tough day in Philly. But saying that, I thought we out-threw them that day, and you feel comfortable or you don’t.”
Against the Eagles, Romo was 28 of 47 passing for 317 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, although one of them was a Hail Mary attempt just before halftime. His 69.2 quarterback rating for that game was the lowest of the season.
As for the kicking game,
“You know going in it’s going to be a factor, but you have to get a feel for it in pre-game,” Bailey said. “I don’t think it’s going to be too crazy. We’ve played here before.”
Bailey said kickoffs could be affected more than field goals.
“Up there, it seems like it’s more of a crosswind usually,” he said. “But it’s one of the things you can think about, but ultimately you have to see what it’s like on game day and make the best of it. Maybe we go out there a little early.”
While the Cowboys have been in several games decided by three points or less, including three this year, only two Cowboys-Giants games since 2005 have come down to a field goal. One of them occurred in 2011 when Bailey’s game-tying attempt at the end of regulation was blocked, giving the Giants a 37-34 win at what is now AT&T Stadium.