New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys Preview and Prediction

Erica Murray
September 11, 2017

That way, if Beckham doesn't play, you aren't locked into only replacing him with a wide receiver.

If the Giants can't protect Manning, the offense will be in for a long night. The summer was full of suspensions and more suspensions.

Smith didn't appear in a game as a rookie, and now - more than a year and a half after suffering the injury - he's finally on the field in a Cowboys uniform.

"Odell is getting treatment", coach Ben McAdoo told reporters (via ESPN). As a rookie the fourth overall pick rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns, but had one bad game all year - the season opener against the Giants.

One would think that such a scenario would provide a whole bunch of familiarity... and it does, but every game is different. With his every move watched and chronicled, from the apparent high ankle sprain and subsequent walk to the locker room he sustained in a Week 2 preseason game in Cleveland to the dropped passes and subsequent punch of a basement wall he delivered in the wild card loss a year ago in Green Bay, Beckham's National Football League growth curve has always been equal parts talent and immaturity, always been a balancing act between greatness and distraction. Armed with that knowledge, my gut feeling is that the Cowboys offense finds the balance they were missing last season, they go 3-for-3 in red zone trips and walk away with a 21-17 victory to start the season.

Elliott's return is imperative for the Cowboys to stop their slide against the Giants. Giants quarterback Eli Manning has new weapons like Brandon Marshall who could make that possible.

Giants are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.

"Well he is obviously a great player and other guys are going to have to step up there", Sullivan said when asked how the game plan would change with or without Beckham. Even rival Bryant doesn't buy it despite the fact Beckham hasn't practice in weeks.

The 24-year-old had a career-best 101 catches last season for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns and has made the Pro Bowl all three seasons.

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