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Week Two; the Dallas Cowboys play their first home regular-season game against division rival New York Giants in their brand new state-of-the-art facility.
It will be quite interesting to see how the Giants fare in Dallas on the national stage.
Both teams are used to the hype and pressure of the national stage, so that should have little bearing on the outcome of the game. In all likeliness it will come down to which team makes the fewest mistakes, commits the least penalties, and does all the right things to win the game.
The Giants still have a solid one-two punch in their backfield, returning running back Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.
The Giants also have some promising talent at the receiver and tight end positions.
The loss of Plaxico Burress might have a lingering effect on the Giants early in the season, but I wouldn't expect it to carry on much further than the fourth or fifth week of the regular season.
The Dallas Cowboys' main goal is to not lose their regular season home opener in their billion dollar stadium.
Dallas lost a lot of star names this offseason, but nothing more than overpaid underperforming names is all they really were.
T.O. went to Buffalo. Tank Johnson is in Cincy. Pacman Jones, if he isn't in prison yet, is still an unsigned free agent.
Tank Johnson aside, Dallas washed itself of it's biggest egos this offseason.
The Cowboys also have a seemingly solid running game with Marion Barber and Felix Jones.
Dallas' receivers will have their work cut out for them. While Terrell Owens wasn't always consistent, he always drew the attention of the opposing defense's double-teams, leaving at least one man open for a pass from Tony Romo.
Romo is also a question mark on Dallas's season. How will he perform without the security blanket and tantrums of Terrell Owens? I say he has a better chance at proving what kind of player he really is without Owens.
My prediction is Dallas will not lose their home-opener to the Giants. It will be a close game, but Dallas pulls away in the fourth quarter, winning by no less than seven points.