NFL Week One Picks & Predictions: Cowboys vs. Giants (Part Two)

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.

Aug 25, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett looks for a call on the sidelines during the first half against the St Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

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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  • Dboyz62

    35-17 Cowboys

  • bwall

    34-20 dallas

  • californy

    The real key to winning the game may not even set his foot on the surface of playing field. There are two area where people never talk about. The first area will be in this team GM.The GM of this team must aquire through the draft and off field decision the best player & supporting cast that will give him the best effort at winning the game. The GIants with their 2 time SB head coach has to be given the edge for making the game time adjustment to putting his team in the best situation to win.
    The rebuttal should sound something like this, Coaches dont make play players do. A major key will be on the play of Tony Romo against the Giants defensive line. I already conceated defeat with our terrible OL already. But as long as we have Tony Romo healthy legs we have a chance. It a good thing Romo never been a pocket passer because he would get killed there today. Romo legs and movement in the pocket are key for the extra time he will need to make the plays. JG can help out in this department by getting the ball out of Romo hands as soon as possible. The dunk passes to the Slot, Beasley and the RB will be a key to moving the ball. The team that plays within their ability, by showing some patience will win this game. I am one of those people who think our defense is better or equal to the Giants defense as long as we are playing in a four man front in press man coverage.
    They key to a defensive victory is to get to Eli before Eli get to us,