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Know the Enemy: New York Giants, Week 1

Can you feel it? The regular season is just around the corner. The Dallas Cowboys will kick off Sunday Night Football against their NFC East Rivals, the New York Giants. By the time the ball is launched off the tee, it will have been 294 days since these two teams last met.

The Giants signed Cowboys free agents Dwayne Harris (WR) and George Selvie (DE) back in March during the start of free agency. Both players may see time against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football due to the injuries of Jason Pierre Paul (DE) and Victor Cruz (WR), who are both in doubt for the opener. The loss of these two players are brutal enough for the Giants, let alone the loss of Will Beatty to a torn pectoral muscle and injuries to the Giants already thin secondary. Beatty, the Giants’ best offensive lineman, is expected to be out until sometime in October; if he can return at all this season.

The Giants will also likely be without Jon Beason (LB) and will be relying on new punter, Brad Wing, and an unknown Nikita Whitlock at FB after parting ways with veterans Henry Hynoski and Steve Weatherford.

The Cowboys suffered big a loss of their own with starting CB Orlando Scandrick suffering a torn ACL/MCL, and will be playing without Rolando McClain (LB) and Greg Hardy (DE). As it stands now, it appears that the only question-mark for the Cowboys going into this game is whether or not 2nd year LB Anthony Hitchens will play in the opener.

The Dallas Cowboys lead the series, all time, against the New York Giants with a record of 61-42-2.

Eli Manning vs The Dallas Cowboys (10-11)
439-of-718, 5467 yards, 61.14%, 44 TDs and 23 INTs with a 91.8 passer rating.

Tony Romo vs The New York Giants (9-7)
350-of-527, 4283 yards, 66.41%, 38 TDs and 19 INTs with a 100.3 passer rating.

Last 5 Meetings
29-24, NYG – 10/28/2012
36-31, DAL – 09/08/2013
24-21, DAL – 11/24/2013
31-21, DAL – 10/19/2014
31-28, DAL – 11/23/2014

The Cowboys head into this game looking to make it five straight victories against the Giants, and six of their last seven. While divisional games are always tough, the Cowboys appear to have the edge on paper.

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