Home: Dallas Cowboys (0-0)
Away: New York Giants (0-0)
Game Date/Time: Sept 13th 2015, 7:30 PM CST
Our Dallas Cowboys start the season against the division rival New York Giants. The Cowboys are coming off a 12-4 season while the Giants are coming off a disappointing 6-10 record. Dallas will face off without last years league leading rusher in Demarco Murray, who bolted to Philadelphia (not cool Demarco, but I understand). Dallas dropped their season opener last year against San Francisco in an abysmal showing. New York started out with a bad showing as well in their regular season opener.
What to watch: The revamped Cowboys Defense
Dallas focused heavily through the draft to shore up and stabilize several positions on defense. The additions of Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, and Byron Jones are seen to be crucial for the teams depth. Our team lost several defensive players (2 of them to Tampa) but the speed, youth, and coaching of Marinelli should be fun to watch this season. Also, we get a healthy Demarcus Lawrence to start the season and Sean Lee.
Issues: Secondary/Running Game
Once we lost Demarco to the Eagles, it was inevitable that the running game was a glaring weakness. It will be interesting to see what McFadden, Randle, Michael, and Dunbar can chalk up. Our secondary took a big blow during training camp when Orlando Scandrick was lost for the season. We will be thin in coverage and could potentially be facing Victor Cruz and ODB.
New York Giants
What to watch: The Giants Offense
The Giants might be able to start the season with all available weapons for Eli Manning. Eli who (hard to believe) is in his 12th NFL season has played with some very contrasting teams. This season seems to be no different. He has a young Offensive Line, especially on his left side. Two lethal weapons (If Cruz plays) at the WR position and a couple of dual threat RBs gives Eli an arsenal to work his aerial attack with.
Victor Cruz, Jon Beason, and the big money guy JPP are all questionable or out for the game Sunday night. These 3 players are key for the Giants in more ways than one. New York had a little taste without Cruz last season, and it opened the door for Donnell to get more touches. Pierre-Paul is a hard to replace player along with Beason, and it could leave the Giants vulnerable to a Cowboys running game that is still finding its own ground.