Sunday Night Football: Giants at Cowboys

Sep 7, 2013 |
Sunday Night Football: Giants at Cowboys
Tony Romo matched a career high with 19 interceptions last season.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Tony Romo matched a career high with 19 interceptions last season.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (-3.5, 49.5)

The New York Giants attempt to continue their dominance at AT&T Stadium when they visit the Dallas Cowboys inr the season opener for both teams Sunday night. New York has won all four of its games in Dallas' new stadium since it opened in 2009, including a 29-24 triumph on Oct. 28. The Giants have captured six of the last eight overall meetings between the NFC East rivals.

New York hopes to have Victor Cruz in the lineup as the wide receiver suffered a bruised heel in the second week of the preseason and just returned to practice on Monday. Dallas, which has missed the playoffs each of the last three seasons, looks to improve upon the 19th-ranked defense in the league in 2012. In an effort to accomplish this goal, the club replaced defensive coordinator Rob Ryan with Monte Kiffin and switched to a 4-3 alignment.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC.

LINE: The Cowboys opened at -3 and have been bet up to -3.5.


ABOUT THE GIANTS (2012: 9-7, second NFC East):
For the second straight season, running back Andre Brown was placed in the injured reserve/designated to return list - this time with a cracked bone in his left leg. Brown, who missed all of 2012 with a fractured left leg, is eligible to play on Nov. 10 against Oakland - putting plenty of pressure on David Wilson in the meantime. While Andre Brown may return at some point, safety Stevie Brown was lost for the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the team's third preseason game.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (2012: 8-8, third NFC East): Tony Romo will be under the microscope like never before, as he was signed to a six-year, $108 million contract extension in the offseason despite tying a career high with 19 interceptions in 2012. Offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will succeed head coach Jason Garrett as the play-caller in an effort to help Romo improve upon his career-worst 90.5 passer rating from last season. Romo did, however, set franchise records in passing yards (4,903) and completions (425) last season.


* The Cowboys are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 versus the NFC East.
* The Giants are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games.
* The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Dallas.
* The road team is 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings.


1. New York QB Eli Manning has started 135 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the league. He is the only signal-caller in team history to pass for 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in eight straight seasons.

2. High-scoring games have been the norm of late in the all-time series. The Giants have scored at least 20 points in seven of the last eight meetings, while the Cowboys have done the same in eight of the last nine matchups.

3. Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable for the season opener. Pierre-Paul did not play in the preseason after undergoing back surgery in June.

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