Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants (-4)
The spread tells you that Vegas does not think much of the Cowboys tonight. That being said, with Witten and Ratliff both being ruled out, why has the line not jumped to 5.5/6? Dallas invites fear into the sportsbookies eyes as they have an explosive offense, featuring two good running backs and two stud receivers. Tony Romo has always played well under the lights, regular season lights I mean of course, and I believe he will step up tonight.
12 straight years the defending Super Bowl Champions have opened the next regular season with a win. That streak ends tonight.
The Giants boast a stout defensive line headlined with Osi, Tuck, and Pierre-Paul among others. However, the Giants still remain thin in the secondary and that leaves plenty of room for the Cowboys to make big plays down the field. Expect a lot of screens, draws, and play action passes to exploit the Giants defense. Romo does a good job scrambling out of the pocket and extending the play. He will be rushed and hurried often tonight so he will be forced to make some big plays.
Eli Mannings and the defending champion New York Football Giants have a strong offensive attack. But is Nicks healthy enough to be a weapon tonight? Is Bennett ready to take a "giant" stride tonight and exploit a subpar linebacker group from Dallas? I do not think so, and this will hurt the Giants. Lastly, I truly believe the Giants will miss Brandon Jacobs in their ground game. The Giants only gained 3.6 yards per carry last year, but in the playoffs Bradshaw and Jacobs ran hard and ran well. Bradshaw had always been prone to fumbling, and how much faith can you put in rookie running back David Wilson if you are a Gianta fan.
Two very good quarterbacks go head to head tonight. The Championship banner will be raised and the ring ceremony will be emotional. But Dallas will scratch and claw out of the Meadowlands with a surprise victory.
"Both Manning's lose their home openers in Week 1", sounds like a good headline right?
Dallas 24 - Giants 20