Line – GIANTS + 3.5

In the first Sunday Night game of the season we have an NFC East rivalry that is sure to be highly entertaining. Like most NFL teams there have been some additions and subtractions from both of these squads however for the most part it is the same 2 teams that have played several entertaining contests over the last few years.

The Dallas Cowboys are a team with plenty of stars like Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and Dez Bryant. They also have a “star” owner in Jerry Jones who also acts as the team’s president and general manager. Despite pressure from the fans he retained Coach Jason Garret, however he did strip him of his playcalling duties. Former Oakland Raider and University of Nebraska head Coach Bill Callahan takes over as the offensive coordinator and playcaller. Callahan is known for his skills as an offensive line coach and he is likely to have the Cowboys much more frequently than in previous seasons. This means that barring injury RB Demarco Murray is likely to get a lot of carries vs. an untested Giants LB unit. Bryant had an amazing finish to last season and is one of the most dangerous weapons in the league. He is simply too strong and too fast for every defensive back. Tony Romo will be feeling added pressure to lead the Cowboys to a successful season and perhaps this new commitment to the running game will benefit him especially in the running game

The New York Giants are always their most dangerous when it seems like nobody is talking about them. They lost DE Usi Umenyora and RB Ahmad Bradshaw to free agency and have lost RB Andre Brown until at minimum week 10 with a broken leg. On offense they have the underrated Eli Manning at the helm and he has proven to be able to make the pieces around him work. This is looking like the first time he will have both of his star receivers in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks relatively healthy to start a season. Manning has made players with vastly inferior talent to these 2 look great so anything is possible if these 2 stars can stay on the field. Second year RB David Wilson is making general manager Jerry Reese look like a genius. He has looked mighty impressive and with Browns injury he is the only RB on the roster with any real NFL experience.

It doesn’t matter who is in uniform, anytime you have a game with these two teams it is likely to be very entertaining. Both offenses are high octane and capable of putting big points on the board. Both defenses are coming off disappointing years and have something to prove. It’s a close game either way and may come down to a field goal in the end.

PICK- Giants +3.5

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