The Dallas Cowboys are about as ready as they can be for the 2013 NFL regular season opener against the New York Giants this weekend. Sunday night’s game will offer the first glimpse of things to come following an offseason of significant change.
For the Dallas Cowboys to start the season 1-0, the offense will need to produce and execute better than should be expected. I say this despite some encouraging signs that were witnessed throughout the preseason. I'm not sure how much confidence a still-evolving offensive line can generate.
Football games are generally very difficult to predict, whether it be final score, outcome, or just statistics. Injuries, turnovers and penalties might be the biggest three factors in determining games—but also highly unpredictable since nobody knows when these things will happen.
What we do know is that Dallas will utilize lots of two-tight end formations this year behind an offensive line that is questionable, at best. While a stronger commitment to the running game is necessary, we’ll start to see how that plan unfolds in just a matter of days.
Stopping just shy of predicting a final score or outcome for Cowboys–Giants, here’s a look at what needs to happen within the Dallas offense to give the Cowboys the best chance possible for victory. The offense is categorized by position and I’ll also take a stab at other possible contributors lower on the depth chart.
All stats courtesy of ESPN