Every week of the NFL regular season, we will ask all of The Landry Hat writers and contributors to submit their picks and predictions for the upcoming Dallas Cowboy game. This week, we asked our experts for their predictions for tonight’s NFL season opening game between our Cowboys and the New York Giants.
Artie Cappello, Senior Writer – My concerns going into this season center around the Dallas Cowboy’s offensive line and head coach Jason Garrett’s game management. I’m not worried about Tony Romo anymore because I think the first 4 games last year (and maybe even the New England game) was the equivalent of a vision quest for Romo, and he came out of it a better QB. Anyway, back to this game: One of these teams makes a statement, I think it’s the Cowboys. Dallas 27 – New York 20
Tonni Shook, Senior Writer – As we kick off the 2012 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants. As we watched in the pre-season, there are still a few questions that need answered, like will the offensive line protect Tony Romo in a regular season game? This is a glaring problem that must be addressed quickly. The defense is still a year away from being top 10, but they will be better than last season. I’m afraid, though, this isn’t enough. Giants with the win: 30 – 21
Steven Phillips, Senior Writer: Most people see the upcoming game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants as a shootout. There will be points put up on the board, but I think we’ll see more of a defensive game than some might have originally imagined. Because of that I see the final score being 21-17 in favor of the Cowboys.
Reid Hanson, Staff Writer: The Giants show the Cowboys exactly what it takes to be a Super Bowl winner. New York effectively dispatches the Cowboys through their dominant pass rush and and opportunistic pass attack. Final Score: Giants 27, Cowboys 17.
Jeff Magnia, Staff Writer – This version of the Dallas Cowboys has to break the 2 year slump of opening day losses, both late game collapses to the New York Jets (27-24 in 2011) and Washington Redskins (13-7 in 2010). The Cowboys beat the New York Giants 45-35 in 2007 on opening day, but the Giants won a Super Bowl that year over the highly touted New England Patriots that year. Playing against a banged defense, Tony Romo can exploit them and get the Cowboys on the winning track. An ugly win though, Cowboys in a squeaker 27-21.
Mark Lane, Staff Writer - Replacement officials help Cowboys slay the Giants with a few calls. DeMarco Murray runs away with the night, while the Giants passing game has Carr trouble. 23-10 Cowboys.
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