Cowboys Blitz writers share their predictions on the highly anticipated divisional matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
Very few positions in all of sports come with more pressure than being the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
Without their franchise quarterback taking the field in the season opener for the first time in ten seasons, the Cowboys have decided to take their chances with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. Although Prescott looked impressive in preseason, how will he fare against the Giants revamped defensive line?
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
3:25 p.m. CT, Sunday, Sept 11
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
Jonah: This game will be decided on which defense bends, but does not break. It is known by many that both the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have major holes on the defensive side of the ball, and that is why I believe this game will be a high-scoring shootout. For the Giants, the goal will be to stop Ezekiel Elliott and the running game, but their linebacker group is among the worst in the NFL. For the Cowboys, the plan will be to stop Odell Beckham Jr. and the Bob McAdoo pass attack, but their pass rush group is among the worst in the NFL. The defense that hides their deficiencies better will win the ballgame, period. At the end of the day, Dallas has more playmakers on offense to win in a shootout scenario, and I believe the Cowboys edge it out with a Dan Bailey field goal after a Tom Coughlin timeout to ice him. Cowboys 31, Giants 30
Cami: New York finished just 6-10 last season but are the early favorites to win the NFC East in 2016. With the only team in the NFC East starting a proven veteran quarterback, the Giants also finally look healthy at wide receiver with Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, and potential breakout rookie Sterling Shepard. Mix that with a depleted Cowboys pass rush and you could be looking at disaster. However, the Cowboys have a plethora of offensive weapons of their own. If the Cowboys can establish the run from the start (absolutely crucial) and keep their ailing defense off the field, dual-threat Prescott can settle into the flow of the game and pick his poison. In what is expected to be a back and forth game of ‘keep up’ for each offense, a takeaway from the Cowboys secondary will be the game changer. There will be rookie hiccups for Prescott, but the duo of Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris will prove to be too much for the Giants to handle. Cowboys 31, Giants 27.
Bobby: Many Cowboys fans are a bit uneasy with Tony Romo unavailable to begin the season, but I firmly believe that Dak Prescott will perform at a high level this Sunday against what is a very overrated secondary in New York. Look for Prescott to throw for 300+ yards and at least two touchdowns. The issue will be on the other side of the ball for the Cowboys. Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Victor Cruz will present big problems for a Cowboys secondary that will get little-to-no help from a depleted Cowboys front 7. I’m anticipating a pass-heavy attack from New York, which will neutralize the Cowboys’ highly anticipated run game, as Dallas will attempt to play catch-up in a shootout. Giants 34, Cowboys 24
Laurie: While so much attention will be on how the Cowboys offense is directed by rookie Dak Prescott, what will be equally crucial is how the defensive unit copes with a potent Giants aerial attack. With each of New York’s top three receivers able to cause havoc out of the slot, it will be fascinating to see if Orlando Scandrick, Byron Jones and Sean Lee can take away the middle of the field, and allow Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr to play with renewed confidence outside. The Giants run game is far less dynamic of a threat, and with the Crawford twins, Terrell McClain and Cedric Thornton on deck there is a recipe for the Cowboys to make Big Blue one dimensional and attempt to control the clock with a heavy dose of Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott’s early chemistry with Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley will prove to be pivotal. Less scoring than anticipated in a tension-filled tussle in the East. Cowboys 27, Giants 20