NFL Opening Night PickBREAKING NEWS, News, NFL Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
The NFL season gets underway with one of the better NFC East rivalries. Dallas faces an uphill battle on Wednesday night, as they go on the road with some key injuries to try and take down the defending Super Bowl champions. Tony Romo’s most reliable target, Jason Witten, is doubtful for tonight’s game with a spleen injury. Romo will also need to contend with the elite pass rush of the Giants, and it’s unlikely that the weak Dallas offensive line is up for the challenge of fending off guys like Jason Pierre Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Chris Canty.
For the Cowboys to have a chance in this game, they’ll need strong efforts from their running backs and defense. DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones will have to establish a run game to keep the New York defense off balance and set Tony Romo up for success. Defensively, Dallas spent the off-season rebuilding their secondary (drafting Morris Claiborne, signing Brandon Carr and Brodney Pool). This revamped unit will get a big test in their first game together, and will have to stop Eli Manning from connecting with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks down the field.
I think Dallas has the tools they need to beat the Giants, but they haven’t had a chance to play together and jell yet. The Giants are the more established, solid team at this point, and should be able to come out on top to start the season 1-0.
Pick: New York
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