It’s always an interesting game when the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys get together. This Sunday’s season opener (4:25 PM ET, FOX) in Arlington will be even more interesting; what started as a pick ‘em has turned into the Giants being 1-point favorites.
The Cowboys go into the new season with a rookie quarterback at the controls. It wasn’t meant to be this way; Dak Prescott was drafted late in the fourth round as a compensatory pick, and moved up the depth chart following injuries to back-up Kellen Moore (leg) and starter Tony Romo (back). Veteran Mark Sanchez joined the team on Saturday after he was cut by the Denver Broncos, but Prescott remains the starter for now.
Meanwhile, the Giants have a rookie of their own in head coach Ben McAdoo. He was promoted from offensive coordinator to replace Tom Coughlin, and McAdoo has already proved capable of getting good results from QB Eli Manning. The health of his teammates has been a concern, though, especially on defense. Adding DE Olivier Vernon and NT Damon Harrison in the offseason should help ease those concerns.