The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants are giving fans their first Sunday night football showdown of the 2023 season.
Sunday night football is back with a bang for the NFL. They have matched up division rivals to give fans what is sure to be an exciting game. Dallas has beaten the Giants in 11 out of the last 12 matchups. They met twice in 2022, and Dallas beat the Giants 23-16 and 28-20 in the two 2022 matchups. Both teams have players who performed well last season but must step it up this year. Interestingly, the quarterbacks for each team are under pressure to perform and win, albeit for different reasons. Daniel Jones needs to prove he is worth the money the Giants gave him, and Dak Prescott needs to prove all those who doubt him wrong.
Another interesting aspect of this game for the Cowboys is how their offense will be without Ezekiel Elliott. However, many expect Tony Pollard to step up in his place. CeeDee Lamb will continue to be a threat to the defense, so the Giants will need to make sure someone keeps an eye on him. Also, the Giants were abysmal in tackling last season, so any improvement would be nice. Rookie players like Deonte Banks and Tre’ Hawkins must get their chance to perform on the field and help break up a play or two.
The Cowboys are the clear favorite to win this game. The Giants have surprise on their side, and a victory would prove satisfying. Not just because it’s over a division rival but to show everyone that the growing pains have been worth it.
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Date: Sunday, Sept. 10
Start time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Odds courtesy of DraftKings.
Point Spread: DAL -3.5 (-105), NYG +3.5 (-115)
Moneyline: DAL (-175), NYG (+145)
Over/Under: O/U 45.5 (-110)
What To Watch For
The Cowboys have a top-three defense in the NFL. Adding Stephon Gilmore to the Cowboys’ secondary will hopefully shore up one of the defense’s weaknesses. The question is if the defense for the Cowboys will be able to pressure Jones into making bad decisions for the Giants’ offense or find another way to take the ball out of his hands.
The offense for the Giants has a year under their belt, and now that they have gotten used to the system implemented by Brian Daboll, fans will expect them to build upon last season’s performance that got them into the playoffs. If the Giants cannot hold Lamb in check, it will make for a long night for the Giants’ defense.
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