The NFL didn’t waste any time matching the Giants up against their biggest rivals in the Dallas Cowboys. Since the Giants December win, a lot has changed for both of these teams. Nonetheless, the long awaited game is finally becoming a reality.
Date and Time: Sunday, September 10, 6:30 PM ET
Where to Watch: NBC
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington Texas
Giants Injury Report:
Odell Beckham Jr. (Ankle) – Questionable
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2017
Keenan Robinson (Concussion) – Out
Cowboys Injury Report
Jordan Lewis (Hamstring) – Questionable
Anthony Hitchens (Ankle) – Out
Players to Watch:
Sterling Shepard: With the arrival of Brandon Marshall from the Jets, the Giants could very well have the best receiving core in the league. However, it remains to be seen just how the addition of Marshall will affect Shepard’s production this season. One thing is for certain, though; Shepard will be Manning’s go to receiver this week against the Cowboys. With Manning’s top receiver, Odell, likely inactive, an increased number of passes will be headed Shepard’s way. This is especially so, given that the inactive Beckham was the second highest targeted player in the entire NFL last season. While Marshall may have the same luxury with Odell out, Manning and Marshall have to yet to form a connection, as the latter has only been a Giant for the past several months. Given this, expect Manning to throw more passes Shepard’s way than any other receiver on the field. And you know how it goes – more targets means more yards.
Dez Bryant: In the Giants’ two meetings last season against the Cowboys, Pro-Bowl Cornerback Janoris Jenkins held the Cowboys’ number one receiver, Dez Bryant, to an abysmal two catches for eighteen yards.
The Giants defense limited Dez Bryant to 18 yards in TWO COMBINED GAMES last year. That's amazing.
— Jonathan Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) September 5, 2017
The Giants’ prized Cornerback will again be covering Dez; so, in all likelihood, Bryant will continue to struggle against the Giants secondary this Sunday.
Eli Manning: In Eli Manning’s two matchups against the Cowboys last season, Manning struggled to put up big numbers. However, there is reason to believe that Manning has a big game in store for fans this Sunday, especially considering the big roster changes the Giants and the Cowboys made this offseason. These changes include the Giants improved receiving core and the Cowboys loss of defensive depth. That said, it should be much easier for Manning to get things going.