Two of the most recognizable franchises in football will start the season from each other. Again.
This is going to be the time in the 11 years since AT&T Stadium started that the year’s first competition in the building will probably be the New York Giants.
Sure, the Cowboys finished five games before the Giants last year, while the G-men ended winning the NFC East.
That didn’t stop Fox from making this matchup its match with the number one team. From tuning in either it will not stop fans.
Most of the tendencies point to Dallas. The Boys are 4-2.
New York has not won in Jerry World since September 2016, plus the Cowboys haven’t been beaten by them everywhere since December of that season.
The Giants have dropped five straight against Dallas in September in the series and five of six.
The Cowboys will get back running Ezekiel Elliott, who ended his preseason-long holdout by signing a record-large contract to get a running back back.
When he misses a game for any reason, the Cowboys have been 28-12 with Elliott in the area and 4-4.
Elliott will run behind an offensive line that healthy, after missing three starters for parts of last season.
Dallas also gets tight tight end Jason Witten, who returns after a one-year stint in the broadcast booth, and quarterback Dak Prescott gets goal Amari Cooper for the entire season.
Last year, when he was obtained by Dallas cooper boosted the effectiveness of Prescott appreciably.
Prescott threw for 72 more yards per game and had an accuracy that has been 9.5 percent points higher after Cooper joined the team.
The Cowboys are led by an aggressive defense. Dallas led the NFL.
Even the Giants’ rebuilding job is currently making improvements, but likely not five matches.
The team revamped the defense, adding safeties Jabril Peppers, draft select Dexter Lawrence and pass rusher Markus Golden and Antoine Bethea.
The offense is a work in progress. The Giants added into the line, signing Mike Remmers and trading for Kevin Zeitler.
There is also a quarterback controversy, as Daniel Jones was drafted to replace 38-year-old Eli Manning… finally. A powerful preseason has lovers and press clamoring for it to happen.
Manning will play against Dallas. The issue is who will he throw to? The team traded top goal Odell Beckham Jr. in the offseason. Golden Tate is currently also serving a PED suspension, also Corey Coleman tore his ACL.
He is recovering from a broken thumb, although sterling Shepard is the top option.
New York is really on its way back, but it has a long way to go.
Finest bet: Cowboys to win -7.5 with BetOnline.