3 bold predictions for Cowboys' Week 1 showdown vs NY Giants

The Cowboys open the regular season against a division foe, and its time to get bold
Nov 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates after
Nov 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates after / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Two Cowboys pass-catchers go for 100 yards

The wide receiver room was a complete mess last year, aside from ascending superstar CeeDee Lamb. Discarding Lamb, Michael Gallup was the only other receiver on the roster to start the season with actual starting experience, and he was very slow to get back into rhythm after coming back from his knee injury.

With Gallup struggling to create separation and using his athleticism to come down with 50-50 balls, that meant Dak Prescott (and Cooper Rush) had to lean more on guys like Dalton Schultz and Noah Brown. While Schultz is a solid target, he's fairly limited in terms of creating big plays. He's a great chains-mover, but he didn't add much in terms of a big-time playmaker.

Noah Brown also had a lot of bad moments, and its clear that he just wasn't ready for the role the team had given him. He had some good games, but WR3 was a big ask for a guy who was known as the one who would come in on obvious run plays because he is an awesome blocker.

After that, training camp standout Dennis Houston didn't produce, third-round pick Jalen Tolbert struggled to get up to NFL speed, and there was nobody else to really rely on. That changed this offseason.

With a year removed from injury, Michael Gallup should be better this year. Even if he's not, Brandin Cooks entered the building via trade. Cooks has always produced, even if he was in a room full of unimpressive talent. Now, he comes into a situation where he doesn't have to be the No. 1 guy, which should free him up a lot.

Additionally, Tolbert looked much improved in camp and the preseason, so he should see a much bigger role in 2023.

With these in mind, there's also a new playcaller in town in head coach Mike McCarthy, who's west coast offense should include more production out of receivers than whatever the team did last year. The Giants' secondary is fine, but these receivers should be able to have a good day, good enough to produce two 100-yard receivers in Week 1.

Pick any combination. Lamb and Gallup. Lamb and Cooks. Gallup and Cooks. Heck, throw Tolbert in the mix. Throw Jake Ferguson in the mix. Even Tony Pollard could see a lot of production in the air. With the amount of options at Dak Prescott's disposal, we could easily see this come to fruition on opening night.