It’s finally here everyone; football season is upon us. The season kicks off Thursday but the Dallas Cowboys won’t be taking the field until Sunday night in what seems to be an annual opening game nowadays against the Giants in AT&T Stadium.
There are many question marks heading into this game, one thing we do know is that Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott will play against the Giants. The league upheld his six game suspension but they will grant Elliott the ability to play since their decision to uphold his suspension came late Tuesday night.
However, for the Giants, their superstar Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not able to practice on Wednesday, which put his chances of playing Sunday night at risk.
However, if I were a betting man, I’d pencil Beckham in for Sunday. He might not be at 100 percent but I’d say he’s going to play.
The Cowboys will be once again facing the tough Giants defense that they couldn’t beat last season, anchored by their rising star of a safety, Landon Collins. Collins had 100 tackles in 2016 he also intercepted five passes and had four sacks.
A player who is great at so many different things on the defensive side of the ball like Collins can cause problems for any offense, even one that is as talented as the Cowboys. Expect to hear Collins’ name called on Sunday for making big plays.
The Giants offense has a few explosive players themselves; however, I do see a weakness that the Cowboys will be able to exploit on Sunday. The Giants have a terrible offensive line, specifically their Right Tackle, Ereck Flowers.
If the Cowboy defenders can stuff the Giants running game like they did last December and force them into obvious passing situations I don’t see how Flowers can hold up against the defensive ends that will be facing him.
Also, another advantage that the Cowboys have that they didn’t have last year is Ryan Switzer. Last September the Giants had four drives that were punts that were 6 plays long or less. This means that the Giants weren’t moving the ball.
If Switzer can field punts and get 10-15 yards per return that is one less first down that the offense has to get against a tough defense. Switzer’s punt return ability will be a huge factor in determining if the Cowboys win or lose this game.
Bold Prediction and Score Prediction
I believe that the Cowboys will find a way to beat the Giants by a score of 23-17. It will require a stellar performance from the defense and a big day from some Cowboys skill players.
My bold prediction is that the Dallas defense will get four sacks on Eli Manning, one from Maliek Collins, one from Taco Charlton and two from Demarcus Lawrence!