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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1. Dallas' defensive line feasts, records 6+ sacks

One of, if not the biggest, strengths of this team is the pass rush. The defense was top-three in the NFL last season in sacks, and with no major losses on the defensive line, there's no reason that shouldn't be the case again in 2023.

Defensive Player of the Year runner-up, and once again a candidate for the award in 2023, Micah Parsons leads the room and should have another ridiculous season, building upon his case to become the new highest-paid defender in NFL history. After Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence now has had his first full offseason in what feels like at least five years.

After the two starters, Dorance Armstrong resides and should get another 5+ sack season, and Dante Fowler returns and will provide good pass-rushing ability and now solid run stopping ability as well. 2022 second-round pick Sam Williams is also primed to take a big step in 2023 and should see more consistent snaps and might end up as DE3 by year's end.

This loaded defensive line, which also includes a pass rusher on the interior in Osa Odighizuwa, should make quarterback's lives miserable again this season, and why wouldn't it start in Week 1? Aside from star LT Andrew Thomas, this Giants offensive line is not great, or at least is unproven. If Evan Neal doesn't show improvement right away, whoever is on his side will have their way again.

The interior players for the Giants aren't bad, but there's a lot of uncertainty with a rookie at center and two below-average guards. If there was a time for Osa to take another step and Mazi Smith and Chauncey Gholston to penetrate the pocket like they can, Sunday night would be a prime opportunity.

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