Our staff predicts the outcome of this weekend’s Giants-Cowboys game…
Tom Uddo: Both the Giants and the Cowboys will be looking to set a tone in the NFC East when they square off on Sunday Night Football in Dallas, where as of late the G-men have had nothing but success. Each game inside of AT&T Stadium between these two teams has been tight and this one will be no different. In October of last season, Jason Witten lit up the Giants secondary with 18 catches for a total of 167 yards, a feat that Big Blue’s defense claims will not happen again. The difference maker in this game will be the defensive line of the Giants and there pressure on Tony Romo. With the health of Jason Pierre-Paul still unclear, the Giants will need to force Romo to make quick throws and hope the secondary can come up big against the stellar receiving core that the Cowboys put on the field. Look for cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Corey Webster to come up big on Sunday night. When opening against an NFC rival the Giants are 0-5, but that will change this weekend when Eli Manning & Co. come to the new Cowboys Stadium and leave with another “W”. Giants 21, Cowboys 18
Jim Mancari: A common theme heading into opening night is that the Giants are 4-0 in the new Cowboys Stadium. Eventually, that streak will have to end, but I don’t think it will be this year. Yes, the Giants have been banged up all preseason, but I believe they’ll rise to the occasion on the national stage. The team looked very shaky in the preseason, so Big Blue will be out to show early that it is still a Super Bowl contender. Now, it may not exactly be pretty, since the Giants are still working through a few things that take time, but Eli Manning has proven throughout his career that he’s a road warrior. I’m a little worried about the Giants’ secondary matching up against Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten. Then again, a healthy Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle will give opposing teams fits. I’m expecting a close game on opening night but one in which the G-Mean come away with the victory. Giants 30, Cowboys 24
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
If anyone thinks they can turn this game off at any time, they’re mistaken. Recently, these games have been see-saw battles with huge plays and exciting finishes. Usually, the team that has the ball last wins. Tonight should be no different. Even though each team has undergone major changes, most of the principal characters are still in place.
For the Cowboys, QB Tony Romo, TE Jason Witten and WRs Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are ready to attack the Giants’ defense. DE DeMarcus Ware, LBs Sean Lee and Bruce Carter and CB Brandon Carr are looking to put a stop to Eli Manning and the Giants’ big play offense.
The Giants still have Eli and WRs Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, but others will have prominent roles as well: WRs Rueben Randle and Louis Murphy; TE Brandon Myers and especially, RB David Wilson, who can score from anywhere on the field.
The defense gets JPP back on a revamped defensive line that promises to be better this season. Mathias Kiwanuka is back at DE and the middle is manned by nearly 1500 lbs worth of DTs: Cullen Jenkins, Shaun Rogers, Mike Patterson, Linval Joseph and Jonathan Hankins. Don’t forget DEs Justin Tuck and rookie DE Damontre Moore, who have played well this summer.
In the secondary, CBs Aaron Ross and Terrell Thomas are back to augment the starting DB group of Antrel Rolle, Prince Amukamara, Corey Webster and newcomer Ryan Mundy.
This game will come down to turnovers and unfortunately for the Cowboys, Tony Romo is infamous for making them. I see the Giants holding up here and extending their winning streak at Jerry World to 5-0. Giants 27, Cowboys 23.