While it may be a bit odd that the season starts on a Wednesday, the NFL schedule makers wasted no time in treating the fans with some great matchups after a 212 day break from the most popular sport in America.
Tonight’s clash has no shortage of storylines itself.
Can the Giants pick up where they left off as world champs last season? Will the Cowboys finally live up to the hype in 2012 as one of the more talented teams in the NFL?
This game is quintessential in the fact that each and every game matters in the NFL. Had Dallas taken just one of the two games played against the Giants last season, we might have witnessed the Cowboys making the run through playoffs in January. Instead, New York got healthy and hot as a team at just the right time.
While tonight is just step one of the 16-game slate, each player is well aware of what is on the line once the whistle is blown.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in tonight’s NFL season opener.
Dez Bryant Has the Best Game Out of All Four Pro Bowl-Caliber Wide Receivers
It is well-documented that the Giants' secondary is downright awful at times. And the fact that the Cowboys will more than likely be playing catch up the whole game means that Bryant will receive plenty of looks from quarterback Tony Romo.
Bryant came out of Oklahoma State with potential oozing from his ears. But his lack of drive and focus, and a delicate frame have caused his young career to stumble out of the blocks.
The 2012 season will be crucial in how Bryant’s career plays out, not only in Dallas, but any team that may desire his services in the future. And tonight’s game will go a long way toward proving a lot of the naysayers wrong.
Bryant will have his opportunities to shine against the Giants and will outplay Miles Austin, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz on his way to a breakout performance.
The Giants Rack Up Seven Sacks and Win by Double Digits
The Giants’ pass rush is arguably the best in the league. Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka all have the potential for double-digit sack totals in 2012.
As the Cowboys bring in a porous offensive line to try to contain the Giants’ front seven, New York should feast on Romo in tonight’s opener.
Eli Manning and Co. should be playing with a lead the entire night, meaning that Romo will be dropping back to pass a lot. If there is any team capable of taking advantage of such opportunities, the Giants are first in line.
Sacks cause turnovers. Turnovers cause frustration. And frustration will lead to a long night for Romo and the Cowboys in a blowout loss.