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DeMarcus Ware vs. Will Beatty/David Diehl
Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr vs. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz
Tony Romo vs. NY pass rush
Dez Bryant and Miles Austin vs. New York’s injured secondary
The Giants feature an explosive offense stocked with weapons. Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks headline this unit. Last season, the New York Giants finished with the league's fifth-best passing offense but the league's worst rushing attack.
On defense, New York has one of the best pass rushes in the league. Led by Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, they finished with 48 sacks in 2011.
What I’m watching here is how the Cowboys offensive line can stand up to such a defensive attack. The Cowboys spent all offseason rebuilding their defense but seemed to neglect the offensive line. This might not bode well for Tony Romo, who should expect a ton of pressure.
The good news is that Dez Bryant and Miles Austin should be able to exploit what I say is a soft pass defense. The Cowboys should be able to get off some quick passes to set the tone of the game. The Giants gave up 255.1 passing yards and 121 rushing yards per game last season.
On the other side of the ball, I expect the Cowboys' pass rush to be effective against the New York offensive line. There will likely be some struggles for Morris Claiborne against Cruz, but we’ll just have to deal with those for the first couple games of the season.
DeMarco Murray: 20 carries, 94 yards, 1 touchdown
Tony Romo: 27/36, 295 yards, 2 touchdowns
DeMarcus Ware: 1.5 sacks
Cowboys 24 Giants 17