The wait is over ladies and gentlemen. The NFL is finally back. Tonight we kick it off with the Dallas Cowboys hosting the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The NFC East is always unpredictable, as you never know who will beat who and how many points will be scored. Despite this tall task, we are going to do our best to break down this complex matchup.
How Dallas Can Win: Both these teams are stacked on offense, but at the moment, the Giants have the clear advantage on defense. Their secondary is sub par, but their defensive line is downright scary. In order for Dallas to win, they will have to put points on the board, and defuse the powerful defensive line. DeMarco Murrey has the starting running back job all to himself, and he will have to proof that decision right here. If he can break off some big gains, it will open the field up for Romo, who will find his big weapons Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten(if he plays). On the defensive side, the Cowboys will be excited to premiere their new set of cornerbacks: Brandon Carr from the Chiefs, and Morris Claiborne from the draft. And they will be put to the test, as they are up against one of the most feared wide reciever duos: Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. It’s safe to say that whoever wins the battle of these players will win the game.
How New York Can Win: Both the offense and defense were clicking on all cylinders in the playoffs last year, and that’s why they won the Super Bowl. Because they were the hottest team. They weren’t the best team, and we could see that this year. In order for them to start the year off with the win, the defensive line will have to win the battle upfront. If Tony Romo has time to find his targets, it will be a long day for the Giants. On the offensive side, the Giants will be without Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs, who they both lost in free agency to the 49ers. I don’t think they will miss Mario too much, but Jacobs provided Bradshaw with some much needed rest time during the games. Without him, Bradshaw will have to show that he can carry the load himself. And what will Eli Manning do? Last year, he proved that he was a top 5 QB by winning his second super bowl. Will be continue to back that up? Or will this be the first of many games where Eli struggles in another sub par year?
Our Prediction: As always, it’s nearly impossible to predict what will happen with this matchup, but I’m leaning towards the Giants right now. In these type of matchups, I tend to lean towards the home team, and that’s the G-men this time around. I think that the Cowboys will have the better overall season, but I think that Giants will be too much at home to kick the season off. If the Cowboys win this game, I won’t be anywhere near shocked. But I’m leaning towards the Giants right now. I’ll give them a 24-21 victory.
Who do you think will win the game? Let us know in the comments!