The Dallas Cowboys start their season Sunday night against the hated New York Football Giants at AT&T Stadium. That sentence alone should have you running around like a crazed lunatic. Its football season and the Cowboys begin another campaign to capture the elusive Lombardi trophy. I know many fans are dying to get this season started and have many questions running through their minds. This article is going to ease the tension and give Cowboys fan all the information they want for this epic match-up.
Cowboys’ Offense vs. Giants’ Defense: Over the last four seasons, this match-up has been always favorable for the Cowboys. The Giants may have won two Super Bowls on the backs of their defensive line, but their secondary has been Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s favorite target too attack. Just last year alone, Romo threw for 744 yards and four touchdown in two games against the Giants. Going into this game, Romo will have a better line protecting him, a balanced attack in mind and talent surrounding him. Receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are coming off big seasons and look to continue the trend in 2013. Running back Demarco Murray is healthy with backups ready to shoulder the load of the running game. Add in the fact that the Giant’s best defensive player, defensive end Jason Pierre Paul might not play and this looks like an easy day for Tony Romo and company.
Cowboys’ Defense vs. Giant’s Offense: This match-up usually screws up the Cowboys’ chances at beating the Giants. New York quarterback Eli Manning commands a versatile offense with play-makers all over the offense. Giants’ receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are big play threats down the field and running back David Wilson is turning into one the better backs in the league. The task is up to Cowboys Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to try to slow down this offense and help get the ball back for Tony Romo. The key will be turnovers and not letting up the big play. Look for Defensive end Demarcus Ware to be a presence in the Giants’ backfield and linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter to be big in the turnover game. The Cowboys have corners in Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr that can slow down the duo of Cruz and Nicks. The only thing stopping this defense is being healthy, and loosing defensive linemen Anthony Spencer and Jay Ratliff doesn’t help.
The Kicking Game: I am not worried at all about the kicker or punter as both are clutch and consistent players. The problems are the coverage teams and their inability to block down field. The Cowboys tried to resolve this by trading for linebackers Edgar Jones and Kyle Bosworth to help bolster the coverage teams. They need to get better here quick or look for the team to be behind a lot in games due to constant punt and kick returns for touchdowns!
I like this game because it is so equal on all sides of the ball. This will be one entertaining game and I think will make for one hell of a Sunday night opener. I have the Cowboys erasing the ghosts of AT&T stadium and beat the Giants 35 to 28. Let’s GO COWBOYS!!