Cowboys vs. NYG predictions for Week 1

It’s time to play real football. The Cowboys and Giants will square off Sunday night at the Meadowlands for another Week 1 showdown.

Can the Cowboys get off to an early start this season with a win? Will the Giants end their 10-game losing streak to Dak Prescott?

Here’s what staff writers had to say about the season opener:

Patrick Walker – Let’s get this party started. Their first outing in what could be (and they hope will be) a special season is against the familiar Giants, a perfect opportunity to jump-start their new-look offense. No matter the weather, it’s a matchup that Dak Prescott and Mike McCarthy should be foaming at the mouth to take advantage of – two rookie cornerbacks on a huge stage under the brightest lights lined up against Brandin Cooks, Cedi Lamb and Michael Gallup. Adoree Jackson will play but is supposed to be a nickel cornerback, so Prescott and company will have to run the Giants’ young secondary studs early and often. Defensively, Daniel Jones is 0-3 against Dan Quinn’s defense in Dallas (Saquon Barkley is 0-4 vs. Quinn, 0-8 lifetime vs. Dallas) and I don’t see that changing, or Prescott’s winning streak (10) against New York being snapped on Sunday. . I expect Micah Parsons and Co. to come up big in big moments, and for Prescott and Co. to get off to a hot start to the season, although rain may prevent an offensive explosion. Cowboys 27, Giants 23

Nick Eatman:We’ve waited a long time for this it seems. That loss to the 49ers feels like two years ago, maybe because of all the changes we’ve had. Since that game, I have been keen to stress the importance of bringing more playmakers into attack and I feel they have done that. Brandin Cooks is the most popular and I can see him having a big game. But I’m no different from others who are impressed with the potential of Deuce Vaughn and perhaps KaVontate Turpin on offense. Either way, the speed will be too much and perhaps too much for the Giants. I respect this team, but in the two games I saw Dallas play, they were not the best team at all. We’ll see if they close the gap. I think possible rain in the forecast will affect scoring but I’m taking Dallas to win Range 23-14 To reach 1-0.

Nick Harris: The season opener has not been kind to Dallas’ offense under Mike McCarthy, and I think that will continue Sunday night with Tyler Smith doubtful and rain expected to factor in. With that being said, I think the defense has a big night to play for. Keep Dallas in it before the offense runs out of the fourth quarter to take Game 1 against the Giants, 23-17. I’d love for DeMarcus Lawrence to get active early with a tackle for loss while the secondary sticks around all night with some takeaways.

Mickey Spagnola: While the Cowboys focus on running the ball more efficiently, they will throw the ball more effectively against the Giants’ defense starting with two rookies between the top three corners. Not only that, but these guys have to contend with the Cowboys’ top three experienced receivers, and have likely never seen the likes of CeeDee Lamb, Brandin Cooks, and Michael Gallup in the same game. The Cowboys collect enough points to win the opening match, 27-20on the Giants.

Kyle Yeomans: The only thing that changes for me if Tyron or Tyler Smith isn’t available for the opener, is the score. I’m confident Dallas is the better team either way entering the game. Daniel Jones may have more weapons on offense, but nothing as impressive as the additions of Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore in Dallas. I also believe the Cowboys defense has a chance to be one of the best ever and has been waiting for the opportunity to do so. Give me the Cowboys jumping out to an early lead, then holding on for the rest of the game by controlling the time of possession. Dallas wins it 27-13 To start the season with a score of 1-0.

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