Getting You Ready for the Giants-Cowboys Opener
Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Line: NYG by 4.0
Probable: Demarcus Ware (hamstring), Demarco Murray (wrist), Miles Austin (hamstring), Dez Bryant (knee), Phil Costa (back), Dan Connor (hip), Phillip Tanner (hand)
Questionable: Mike Jenkins (shoulder), Kyle Wilber (thumb), Andre Holmes (knee)
Doubtful: Jason Witten (spleen), Jay Ratliff (ankle), Danny McCray (neck), Matt Johnson (hamstring)
Probable: Ahmad Bradshaw (hand)
Questionable: Hakeem Nicks (foot), Mathias Kiwanuka (groin), Michael Boley (hamstring), Will Beatty (back), Jayron Hosley (toe), Adrian Tracy (hamstring), Da’Rel Scott (knee)
Out: Prince Amukamara (ankle), Marvin Austin (back), James Brewer (back)
1. Will the Giants follow suit and defend home field?
Since 2004, the NFL has awarded the season opening game to the defending Super Bowl champion. In those games, the champions are a resounding 8-0.
Can the Giants add on to the trend?
2. Will the Giants continue their recent dominance over Dallas?
The Giants have taken five out of the past six meetings against their NFC East rivals, including a season sweep last year. The G-Men handled the Cowboys 31-14 in New York and squeezed out a much needed victory to the tune of 37-34 in Dallas.
3. How will the replacement referees fare in their first regular season game?
It may be silly to even ask this. But can you really blame me?
With the NFL and its usual referees currently at financial odds, the season will begin under the supervision of a new batch of officials. Unfortunately for them, however, they did not make a great impression during their preseason performances/
Matchups to Watch
1. Dallas CB’s vs. New York WR’s
In an effort to repair their vulnerable secondary, the Dallas Cowboys added cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne this past offseason. The front office inked the veteran Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million deal while moving up for and drafting LSU standout Morris Claiborne with the draft’s sixth overall pick.
Has Dallas brought in a duo that can contain Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz?
2. Tyron Smith vs. Jason Pierre-Paul
To be quite frank, the last person the Dallas Cowboys want to see is Jason Pierre-Paul. In two games against the ‘Boys last season, Pierre-Paul absolutely annihilated the Cowboys offensive line. He racked up three sacks and blocked a potential game-winning field goal by Dallas place kicker Dan Bailey.
Will the young and talented Tyron Smith be able to hold off such a disruptive presence? If so, the Cowboys should have a somewhat easy time getting down the field.