The Dallas Cowboys have struggled against the New York Giants in recent years. They’ve lost three of the last four meetings as the Giants have continuously exploited a couple of their weaknesses, but they hope is that they have been addressed.
For starters, the Cowboys offensive line – and quarterback Tony Romo – tends to be abused when these teams meet up. Hence why the Cowboys made a couple of upgrades on the interior with the signings of guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau. If Romo has more time to work with, he should be in for a big day.
While most of the injury news this week has surrounded Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten, the Giants have a couple of key bumps and bruises in the secondary that could turn out to be major factors. It looks like Michael Coe will have to start in place of Prince Amukamara, who is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Also, the Giants could be without rookie Jayron Hosley, who is the team’s nickel cornerback.
If the Cowboys offensive line is in fact improved and Romo has time to operate, there’s a good chance that Dez Bryant and Miles Austin produce some big numbers against a depleted secondary.
The other key for the Cowboys will be their ability to run the ball. Everyone knows the Giants defense is built around their pass rush and if the Cowboys head to East Rutherford planning to have a one-dimensional offense, they’ll be in trouble. Conversely, if DeMarco Murray can be productive and keep the elite Giants defense ends off-balance, the Cowboys could have a surprisingly good game on offense.
The Dallas Cowboys are a 3.5-point underdog on the NFL odds but as per usual, this matchup will be decided on the line of scrimmage. If the Cowboys can protect their quarterback and pressure Eli Manning, they’ll be in good shape to star the season with a win.