NY Giants (0-0) at Dallas (0-0)
When: Sunday, September 13th 2015
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Time: 8:30 ET
TV: NBC Radio: XM 226, 225, 88
The Giants and Cowboys will kick off the Sunday Night Football season in Arlington, Texas tonight. Dallas is coming off a 12-4 season in which they came within a win of reaching the NFC Championship Game. Tony Romo set a Cowboys record with a 113.2 passer rating last year to go along with his 34 touchdowns. Dez Bryant had 16 of those touchdowns last year and 1,320 yards receiving. The Cowboys will be without the league’s leading rusher last year DeMarco Murray, who signed on with the Eagles in the offseason. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden will be getting most of the carries this year. The defense will be the big issue this year for Dallas. They gave up a lot of points last year for a 12-4 team, and won’t have cornerback Orlando Scandrick for the entire season. The Cowboys put up 31 twice on the Giants last year and have beaten New York 4 straight times.
The Giants started out 3-2 last year, but then lost 7 games in a row before winning 3 of their last 4. They’ll be looking for more consistency this year both on offense and defense. Eli Manning just signed a contract extension worth about $85 million. Manning bounced back from a terrible 2013 season to have a great 2014 campaign. He threw 30 touchdowns and had a passer rating of 92.1, his best since 2011. Having Odell Beckham, Jr. will always help your numbers. He didn’t play in the first 4 games last year, but still managed to catch 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. Manning’s other favorite target Victor Cruz, will not play Sunday due to a calf injury. The running game will probably be split between Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and free-agent acquisition Shane Vereen unless someone establishes themselves as the number 1 back. The Giants will also be without their top defensive player in defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who broke his thumb and had a finger amputated during a fireworks mishap.
This one should be a shootout and I’m picking Dallas to win. The line right now is set a 6. The Giants have enough on offense to keep up with Dallas. I normally don’t like taking totals over 50, but I can see this game easily going over the total.
Pick: Over 51.5