Giant Task For Cowboys In Opener

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Tony Romo has a poor home record against the Giants. Image courtesy of Gross/Getty Images

Dallas and the New York Giants could both have been considered to underachieve last season, but one will be off to a flying start in 2013 with the traditional foes facing off in week one of the NFL.  New York has dominated this NFC East rivalry in recent years winning on its past four trips to Arlington, but there hasn’t been more than six points the difference in any of those contests.  Quarterback Eli Manning is yet to lose in the new Cowboys Stadium, and he is averaging 307 passing yards per game there. 

The teams met to kick off last season with the Cowboys triumphing 24-17 in New York as the Giants failed to celebrate bringing the Super Bowl home.  It turned out to be a crucial defeat, given Tom Coughlin’s team finished with a 9-7 record, one game out of the postseason.  At home, though, Dallas has struggled and Tony Romo, in particular, has been ineffective against the Giants in Texas; in those four straight defeats his QB rating is a woeful 63.2.

Both teams have been very solid early in the season in recent years. Over the past decade, Dallas is 21-10 in the opening month with the Giants just a smidge worse off with a 20-12 record.  The pre-season  was unkind to New York losing running back Andre Brown – who was prolific at finding the end zone early on last campaign – as well as safety Stevie Brown.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray ran for 100 yards in a game just once last season, but it happened to come against the Giants in week one.  A sprained ankle cruelled his season not long after, but if the Dallas backfield can go to work early, then it will open things up for Romo and his favourite target, Dez Bryant .  The star receiver is ready for a breakout season, and legendary Cowboys wideout Michael Irvin has ever gone as far as predicting he’ll be the first wide receiver to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award.

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