Jerry Jones has accomplished quite a bit in his storied NFL career. None of them, save the three Super Bowls, are as big as tonight's home opener against the Giants This is a game that makes the NFL the most powerful company in the world. Jones' billion-dollar baby will finally be seen in grand fashion.
Earlier in the week, some of the Giants players wondered aloud why the Cowboys didn't schedule the Detroit Lions instead, hinting that it would be an easier win. Jerry answered the question, "I wanted the Giants."
These are two teams that don't like each other. These are two teams that will be battling for the NFC East crown. It's a perfect way to start a new era in Cowboys football.
Last week, Dallas put up 34 points against a bad Bucs team. Tonight won't be as easy. They have the task taking on one of the leagues best defenses. Injuries to starting corners Aaron Ross and Kevin Dockery may make things a little easier on Tony Romo. Romo is coming off a career day in Tampa and is 4-0 during the regular season against the New York Giants.
Given the hype, the fact the Cowboys closed Texas Stadium losers, and appear to be a different team, I think they're ready for this challenge. The atmosphere is already reaching a fever pitch.
Couple of other things to watch tonight:
- How much will Felix Jones touch the ball? He didn't play against the Giants last year.
- Will the run defense be tightened after giving up 174-yards in the opener to Tampa?
- Will the expected crowd of over 100, 000 be a factor tonight?
- No weapons. No Eli?
- The offensive line has their toughest challenge yet. They need to control the Giants pass rush.
My prediction: Cowboys-24, Giants-20