|Cowboys vs. Giants kickoff the NFL season tonight.|
What recent history has also shown, is that these games between the polarizing Dallas Cowboys and the resilient New York Gmen have a huge impact on how each team's season will play out. Tonight will be no different. If the Cowboys win, they are sitting pretty, and kick off the season on the right foot. If the Giants win, it's just business as usual for the defending champions in home openers. If the Cowboys lose, there will be plenty of question marks and finger pointing at Jason Garrett and Tony Romo as usual. If the Gmen lose, the Super Bowl hangover talks will run rampant.
The question is, who will break first? History shows that it's the Cowboys. Having an offensive line full of question marks certainly won't help their cause. Considering they are going up against arguably the best pass rush in all of football. We also don't know if Jason Witten will put on those cleats.
What we do know is that both teams will be without major interior defensive presences with Jay Ratliff and Chris Canty out of tonight's game. That Romo has lost his last five starts versus the Giants. That the Giants have the swagger, and the ability to come through in big games more often than not. That the Cowboys are the complete opposite in big games. That the Cowboys are undefeated against the Giants in season openers. That no defending champion has lost the home opener since moving to NBC. That the Cowboys are typically the team to break first. Something's got to give.
The keys to tonight's game will come down to a few things:
It's a tough task just opening the season on the road alone, but having to open the season on the road against the defending champs as they unveil those championship banners is almost asking too much. Cowboys could earn a lot of respect if they come out of this one victorious. More often than not, the winner of these games tend to do good things later on in the season. So if the Cowboys want to change perception and do some great things later in the season, they can't break; and winning tonight's game would be a step in the right direction.