Hey Dallas Cowboys fans, it’s that time of year again! Where anticipation is at an all time high, your hearts beating faster than that of a marathon runner, and dreams of a six super bowl victory are still alive. Yes, the season is finally here (Well a day away to be exact). Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants much anticipated rematch will determine which team gets an early lead in the NFC East, this game can also give the winning team much needed momentum heading into the rest of the season.
There is a lot at stake, given the fact that the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants both possess very difficult schedules this season. I guarantee the last thing any of these teams want is to get off to a slow start. Now that we know what’s at stake here lets look at some key match ups that can determine the outcome of the game.
Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr vs. Giants Receivers
Early on in the game expect Claiborne and Carr to be tested very frequently by Eli Manning and the Giants. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are a dynamic duo of receivers and Rob Ryan will demand allot from Claiborne and Carr by having them play man coverage.
Giants Defensive Line vs. Cowboys Offensive Line
This is the major battle that will take place come Wednesday night. Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, and Osi Umenyiora caused many headaches for the Cowboys offense last season. The Giants defense had a total of nine sacks against the Cowboys last season; three of those were credited to Jason Pierre-Paul.
Dez Bryant and Miles Austin vs. Giants Secondary
Dez Bryant and Miles Austin have an advantage in this battle with second year corner Prince Amukamara out with an injury against the Cowboys. So expect Tony Romo to try to expose this secondary early.
Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Cowboys Defensive Line
Last year the Cowboys struggled towards the end of the season against the run, after starting off the season with one of the best defenses against the rush in the league. With Jay Ratliff hurt and likely out for the game, the Cowboys may see many runs down the middle.
DeMarco Murray vs. Giants Defensive Line
Running backs will play a big factor in the outcome of this game, because everyone knows that a successful running game sets up an even deadlier passing attack. Therefore, Murray and Bradshaw will be key components to the outcome of this game.
There are many more things that can change the outcome of this game; these are just some major key points to look out for. Tom Coughlin said he wants the Giants to “Build a bridge” from last season to this season; the Cowboys have the opportunity to burn that bridge down with a win Wednesday night.