Jim Mancari, ContributorEach week, I will be taking a look at the Giants’ media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.
The Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. in their opening game of the regular season.
This is the 102nd meeting overall between the two teams, with the Cowboys holding a 57-42-2 record. Eli Manning holds a career 11-7 record against Dallas, including the playoffs.
The Giants are 4-0 in AT&T Stadium, but the last win was definitely a nail biter last season. That was the game with the overturned touchdown call on Dez Bryant that would have given the Cowboys the lead on their final drive.
Here are some Giants’ past performances to be aware of heading into this game:
- In the past three meetings, Hakeem Nicks has 21 catches for 317 yards (105.7 yards per game) and two touchdowns.
- In the last meeting, Jason Pierre-Paul had a sack and a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown. He has four sacks in the previous four meetings. His status for the game though is still in question.
- Corey Webster had an interception in the last meeting, and Linval Joseph has three sacks in the past two against Dallas.
- Dan Connor spent the 2012 season with the Cowboys, playing 14 games with 58 tackles.
As for the Cowboys against the Giants:
- DeMarco Murray had 20 carries for 131 yards. In his career, when Murray has 18-plus attempts, the Cowboys are 9-0.
- DeMarcus Ware has 4.5 sacks in the last three meetings.
- Sean Lee has an interception and forced fumble in the past three.
Some other tidbits:
- The Giants are 7-11 in primetime games against the Cowboys.
- The Giants are 0-5 in season-opening games vs. Dallas, losing in 1965, ‘86, ‘95, 2007 and ‘12. They went on to win the Super Bowl in two of those seasons (1986 and 2007).
- The Giants have the second-highest winning percentage (.590, 49-34-5) and the second-most wins (49) in road openers in NFL history.
- With a victory, the Giants will be one of only two teams to win 50 or more road openers (Green Bay, 53). If the Giants defeat Denver in Week 2 at MetLife Stadium, they will reach 50 wins in home openers. With a 2-0 start, the Giants will reach 50 wins in both home openers and road openers, a feat that has not yet been accomplished.
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