The New York Giants will head to Dallas to face the Cowboys in this much anticipated NFC East matchup. The Giants are coming off an 11-5 2nd place NFC East finish and a playoff loss in the Wild Card round. The Cowboys are the defending NFC East Champions and they lost in the divisional round of the playoffs last season.
ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS
The Giants were not as aggressive in the free agent market as they were last offseason but they did strengthen the Wide receiving core by adding veteran Brandon Marshall. His experience, size, and ability to make catches should lead to him being a big upgrade over Victor Cruz. Marhall gives the Giants 3 proven NFL receivers when you include Superstar Odell Beckham Jr. and second year standout Sterling Shepard. Joining that quartet in the passing game will be rookie Tight End Evan Engram. His ability to block well enough to play the position at an NFL level remains to be seen but he is easily the biggest middle of the field threat the Giants have had in quite some time.
The Giants likely suffered the least losses of any team in the NFL. The only starter not to return was Cruz and that was a case of addition by subtraction.
The Cowboys picked up some talent in the defensive backfield adding free agents Robert Blanton and Nolan Carroll. Their biggest additions likely came through the draft where first round pick Taco Charlton should make an immediate impact at Defensive End. They also added help in the secondary with 2nd round pick Chidobe Awuzie.
The team lost 3 starters to free agency in Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr, and J.J Wilcox all of whom helped lead one of the best secondary’s in the NFC.
The Cowboys spent the majority of the offseason waiting to find out of if running back Ezekiel Elliot would be suspended for Domestic Violence and he eventually was for 6 games. T press time his suspension was upheld but he will play Sunday Night. The Cowboys will need his big play ability against a stingy Giants defense. Lots of eyes will be on second year quarterback Dak Prescott who will have to perform without the benefit or pressure of having Tony Romo to back him up. It remains to be seen what effect if any Romo’s absence will have on the Cowboys.
The Giants will be expected to make a push for a divison title and a long playoff run. The team has spent money and draft picks to fortify an offense that will be under its second season with Bob Mcadoo. The offense led by Eli Manning won’t have to score 30 points a game in order to win but they will need to put points on the board and avoid turnover at all costs. The running game could end up as a major flaw as 2nd year starter Paul Perkins showed little promise last season as well as in the preseason.
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