Seven months ago, the New York Giants walked off the field at Lucus Oil Stadium as World Champions. On Wednesday night, they will embark on their journey to “build the bridge” against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
Last year, the Giants and Cowboys shared a Week 13 shootout and a win-or-go-home season finale. New York took both contests on its way to Super Bowl XLVI, but in the grand scheme of things, these were only two games amidst 50-plus years of heated rivalry.
These two teams have a hatred for each other so deep-seated that it breeds some of the NFL’s most entertaining trash talk every year. If you haven’t read it yet, take a look at Steven Goldstein’s article from last month on the rivalry’s most outlandish quotes.
But now, it’s finally time for these two teams to pipe down and prove it on the field. The Giants and Cowboys will both be hungry for a victory as they add another chapter to their storied rivalry.
However, when the final whistle blows, one team will be 1-0 and the other will be 0-1. If the Giants want to capture a coveted Week 1 win, there are five key factors that they will have to focus on.