Bookend DEs create havoc with blocking schemes

Updated: December 2, 2005, 5:48 PM ET
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
The biggest mismatches of Week 13 feature the New York Giants' defensive ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora going up against Dallas Cowboys tackles Rob Petitti and Torrin Tucker. LDE Strahan and RDE Umenyiora have combined for 17.5 sacks; ROT Petitti is a first-year starter and LOT Tucker is a backup forced in to the starting lineup due to the season-ending injury to Flozell Adams.

This is a matchup the Cowboys have feared for some time, but after Umenyiora's performance last week against Seattle All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones, they will have to make significant changes to their pass protection schemes.


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Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.