NFL Week 1: Keys for Giants offense vs. Cowboys

Alex Smith

The Giants receiver is listed as questionable for the game, yet reporters say he will be a game-time decision.

"Then we'll see", Beckham said. "So, I know for sure we're coming with it, and we look to take advantage of the mismatches and the opportunities they do have in their defense". He is one of the most risky players in the National Football League, aren't likely to allow him on the field unless he is fully healthy.

Zeke dominated the headlines this week, but it's the performance of Dak Prescott that could be the key to the Cowboys doing what they couldn't do a year ago and beating the Giants. NY corner Janoris Jenkins played mostly press coverage with the safeties preventing him from getting beat, which meant many of Dez's routes were converted to go-routes. The Giants are trying to win their fourth consecutive against the Cowboys after sweeping the NFC East champions a year ago.

Beckham hasn't practiced since spraining his left ankle in a preseason game against Cleveland on August 21, and that included all the preparations during game week. While Elliott is a full go in this one it is uncertain whether or not Beckham will be healthy enough to go and that could make a huge difference in the outcome of this one.

CHEERLEADER BATTLE: The Giants don't have cheerleaders so the Cowboys win this matchup easily. The Giants attempted to rectify the situation by providing him with more receiving weapons, including veteran wideout Brandon Marshall and rookie tight end Evan Engram.




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

So much has been written about Elliott it's easy to forget about the other offensive superstar in this game. Beckham will be limited even if he is active.

That's yards and catches against Alabama a year ago, Engram's senior season. With him, Eli Manning has a trusted target back on the field, the player whose ascension to the NFL's most rarefied air came against these same Cowboys in the form of an unforgettable one-handed sideline grab.

Less than 48 hours before the Giants open their season against the Cowboys, Odell Beckham Jr.'s status remains uncertain. Add in home-field advantage for the Cowboys and it's easy to see a silly Manning mistake down the stretch handing Dallas an important early-season victory.

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