Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Odell Beckham Jr. likely out for Giants' season opener in Dallas

Witten Elliott lead as Cowboys stifle Giants 19-3 in opener Odell Beckham Jr. likely out for Giants' season opener in Dallas
Elias Hubbard | 11 September, 2017, 00:54

The Cowboys lead the all-time match up convincingly, 62-46-2. The end result was a 13-3 season (with two of the losses coming to the Giants) and a division crown. Before that Dallas reeled off five consecutive victories over the Giants. "I'm itching. I'm itching, but just patience and trusting". In reality, his chances of suiting up may not even be that good. The Giants are trying to win their fourth consecutive against the Cowboys after sweeping the NFC East champions previous year.

On the Giants side, despite not practicing all week and being labeled as a game-time decision from head coach Bob McAdoo, wideout Odell Beckham, Jr.is listed as questionable. The NFL odds for the game have the Cowboys favored to pick up the win. Paul Perkins enters the season as the starter, but will need to play better than he did in his rookie season to hold onto his job. (Remember how they won two Super Bowls with Eli Manning?) Honestly, in this first game of the season for both teams it's Manning, now 36, who may be the wild card.

Part of the struggles of the Cowboys' offense against the Giants' defense come from the personnel the Giants deploy. The Cowboys have defensive issues, which I think will show up here. "So, you prepare for him to play and I know he's a competitor and he wants to do anything that he can do get out there". Dak Prescott lit the league on fire as a rookie, taking advantage of Tony Romo's latest (and, it turned out, final) injury to start all 16 games for the NFC's No. 1-seeded team.

The questions for Dallas are all on defense.

Zeke dominated the headlines this week, but it's the performance of Dak Prescott that could be the key to the Cowboys doing what they couldn't do a year ago and beating the Giants.

Potential record-setting day for Jason Witten: He will more than likely pass Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, and become the Cowboys' all-time leader in receiving yards on Sunday night.

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