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Week 1 Preview: Giants at Cowboys

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New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

  1. Through Week 9 of last season, the Giants sat alone in first place in the NFC East at 5-4. The team went 1-6 in its last seven games to finish under .500 for the third straight year, and out of the playoffs for a fourth straight season. NYG played 11 games decided by seven points or fewer and went 3-8, tied with San Diego for the most such losses in the NFL. The Giants allowed 442 total points, third most in the league last season and second most in team history (501 in 1966).
  2. With Tony Romo missing all but four games, the Cowboys went 4-12 in 2015 -- their worst season since 1989, when they were 1-15. Dallas went 1-11 in the games Romo did not start, with Matt Cassel, Kellen Moore and Brandon Weeden each starting at least two games under center. The Cowboys' only home win came in Week 1 against the Giants, 27-26; the team's current seven-game home losing streak is the second longest in franchise annals (14 in 1988-1989).
  3. The Giants and Cowboys have played seven times at AT&T Stadium; NYG won the first four meetings there, and the Cowboys have taken the last three. Six of the seven meetings between the teams at AT&T have been decided by six points or fewer, and the total points in the seven games there are exactly even, 218 for each side. The Cowboys are 21-6 all-time against the Giants in the month of September, and 7-0 when the teams have met in Week 1.
  4. Eli Manning will make his 184th straight regular-season start on Sunday, and is coming off perhaps his best year as a pro. Manning set a franchise single-season record for completions in 2015 (387), and established personal bests in TD passes (35) and passer rating (93.6). Manning did not throw a TD pass or interception against Dallas last season (60 total attempts); in the previous two years, he threw 12 touchdown passes in four games against the 'Boys. .
  5. With Tony Romo suffering a preseason back injury, rookie Dak Prescott will start at QB for the Cowboys in Week 1. Prescott threw 56 TD passes over the past two seasons at Mississippi State, ranking fifth among FBS passers in that span. He will be Dallas' fifth different starting quarterback in the team's last 13 games.
  6. The Giants tied for sixth in the NFL in takeaways in 2015 with 28; the Cowboys finished last with 11 takeaways, and their minus-22 turnover differential was the NFL's worst. In the two meetings between the teams, the Giants recorded seven takeaways, and did commit a single giveaway.
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One win. That's all the Dallas Cowboys could muster in 2015 in 12 games without starting quarterback Tony Romo.

Here they go again. Rookie fourth-round pick Dak Prescott gets the call Sunday in the regular-season opener for the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium against the New York Giants.

Prescott had a special preseason: 137.8 passer rating, 78 percent completions, five TD passes, no interceptions and a team-leading two rushing touchdowns. Perhaps this season the Cowboys have more than a hope behind Romo.

Romo is on the shelf, but while projections of 6-10 weeks have been tossed around, head coach Jason Garrett only this week allowed Romo would miss Week 1. Some projections are 10-12 weeks because of the compression fracture in his back, the third major injury to his spinal area, not including a procedure to remove a cyst from a vertebrae.

"You try to come up with some kind of a timeline for when the player is going to be available," Garrett said Wednesday. "In Tony's case, the IR term is for eight weeks and we feel like, given what the injury is and the progress he's made, we feel at this point we want to do that. We don't want to eliminate him from eight weeks of our schedule. He's making progress. We take his situation day by day and week by week and we're optimistic he can return."

He will not play Sunday, when the Giants face the Cowboys for the first time in 12 seasons without Tom Coughlin on the sideline. He was dismissed and replaced by Ben McAdoo, who was promoted from offensive coordinator. The Giants also kept defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and signed quarterback Eli Manning, 33 years old but coming off a 35-TD season, to a contract extension to showcase a degree of chemistry and cohesion amid the upheaval at the top.

Manning tutored Prescott at the summer Manning Passing Academy and said he expects huge things from the rookie. He said Prescott has a "bright future" ahead.

Manning has fared well against the Cowboys in recent meetings and Dallas was 27th in the NFL in pass defense last season. Improving that number without a proven pass rush is a concern. Defensive ends Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory are serving NFL suspensions.

McAdoo said he is "comfortable" with the Giants' offensive line despite woes in the preseason. The Giants also decided to stick with kicker Josh Brown, who was suspended one game for a violation of the NFL conduct policy related to domestic violence. Randy Bullock will handle kicking duties Week 1 with Brown out.

New York spent early and often in free agency, breaking recent form as general manager Jerry Reese sensed heat from the top to flip the Giants' fortunes on the field. Defensive end Olivier Vernon cashed in to the tune of $52.5 million and cornerback Janoris Jenkins is being paid like a No. 1 cornerback just for matchups like Sunday.

These teams are hungry for success after finishing 4-12 last season and splitting two games -- each won at home --decided by a total of eight points. The Cowboys were last in the NFL in 2016 in turnover margin at minus-22. Garrett believes the solution for the slippery fingers is reverting to the power-running game that produced 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year DeMarco Murray.

A cast change pushes rookie first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott into that role behind one of the more complete offensive line groups in the league. At 220 pounds, Elliott runs with power that surprised some opponents this preseason -- including members of the Seattle Seahawks' vaunted Legion of Boom secondary - but his open-field speed surprised some of his own teammates. The Cowboys haven't started a rookie running back since 1993 (Derrick Lassic), and not even Emmitt Smith or Tony Dorsett were handed the saddle at this stage of their career.

"I know his commitment every day has been really, really good and he's learned quickly what we're asking him to do," Garrett said. "Again, his focus, and our focus, is on the Giants."

Elliott has been in headlines for a visit to a pot shop in Seattle and a domestic violence investigation in Columbus. But the Cowboys need him to be reliable, and are planning on just that Sunday.

If Dallas gets Elliott rolling, it means Prescott should have wide windows in the defense to find wide receiver Dez Bryant, who is back at 100 percent after a foot injury last season.

Updated September 9, 2016

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