The Dallas Cowboys will the New York Giants on Sunday to kick off their 2017 season. Here are five players I believe are poised to have a big game.
The Dallas Cowboys are set to face the rival New York Giants on Sunday to kick off their 2017 NFL season. A Cowboys/Giants matchup is never devoid of excitement and intensity, so naturally, there will be several players on both sides who are poised to put up big numbers.
Let’s take a look at five Dallas Cowboys who should have monster games against their New York counterparts come Sunday.
Dak Prescott had one of if not, the best rookie seasons of all-time, but he struggled mightily against the Giants in two starts. The Cowboys lost both of those games, but Prescott should reverse that trend in Week One of this year. Prescott will reverse any doubts about a “sophomore slump”, and come out firing against the G-Men. He will be more equipped to face the Giant’s stout defense in year two of Scott Linehan’s offense.
Dez Bryant hasn’t been healthy for the majority of the last two seasons, which have some people doubting his status as an elite NFL receiver. However, Bryant has had a strong offseason, and looks to recapture his former glory as a legitimate touchdown machine. With a much better rapport with Dak Prescott in the quarterback’s second year, look for Bryant to have a monster game against the Giants, a team he typically puts big numbers up against anyway.
Orlando Scandrick has had a chip on his shoulder since he was drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. After tearing his ACL and MCL in 2015, Scandrick looked like a shell of himself upon his return last season. However, Scandrick has looked like his old competitive self this offseason, and should play with an even bigger chip on his shoulder after being at the forefront of draft day trade rumors. With his knee fully healed, Scandrick should play with the typical feistiness against the Giants, and have a standout game.
DeMarcus Lawrence also played subpar football last season following back surgery and a suspension, but should return to form in 2017. In a contract year, Lawrence will look to prove he’s the same guy that provided the Cowboys with 8.0 sacks during the 2015 season. Look for Lawrence to have a strong game against Giants’ left tackle Ereck Flowers, who has struggled with pass protection thus far in his NFL career.
Cole Beasley has been Mr. Reliable for the Cowboys, and more specifically, Dak Prescott. He’s been Prescott’s favorite target since day one, and on third down, Dak is looking his way. With the Giant’s stout run defense, the Cowboys will presumably need Beasley’s ability to convert third-and-medium situations. Beasley had eight receptions in last year’s Week One matchup, so look for the diminutive receiver to put up a similar output as Dak Prescott’s primary security blanket.