The Dallas Cowboys 2017 season fires up on Sunday night in a divisional battle with the New York Giants. This marks the third consecutive season the Cowboys have faced the Giants on opening day in Dallas.
Last season Eli Manning led New York to a season sweep of the Cowboys, handing Dallas two of their 3 regular season losses.
The main event of this Sunday’s NFL schedule has had roster questions surrounding both teams all week, questions that won’t be completely answered until kickoff.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be on the field Sunday after the NFL’s decision to uphold his 6-game suspension for domestic violence wasn’t rendered until after a Tuesday 4pm deadline.
Elliott practiced on Wednesday after spending much of the early week in meetings and courtrooms battling the league’s ruling and setting the stage for a fight with the NFL in federal court.
Dallas head coach Jason Garrett told dallascowboys.com that Elliott has had a laser focus in gearing up for the Giants.
“He seems very focused, locked in on meetings, the walk-though,” Garrett told reporters on Wednesday. “He’s done an excellent job in his preparation.”
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott says that the team is behind Elliott every step of the process.
“That’s all we can do right now is just support him,” Prescott told the media. “I think everybody in this locker room knows that, he knows that. We’re around him, we support him, and he’s doing a good job of putting it behind him and just working.”
On the other sideline Giants superstar receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. is still nursing a sprained left ankle he sustained in Cleveland on August 21st. Beckham has still not practiced this week and says he really wants to be on the field under the primetime lights.
“I can say it’s a day to day thing-really trying to get better,” Beckham, Jr. told reporters. “It’s been two weeks. I’m itching. I’m itching, but just patience and trusting.”
Prediction Time: Elliott comes charging out of the gate knowing this could be his last game until mid-October, and the Cowboys offense puts up big numbers. Beckham, Jr. tries to give it a go in pregame warmups, but the G-Men refuse to risk losing the superstar for more than one game. The Cowboys seize upon Beckham’s absence and Elliott’s appearance to roll to a 34-24 victory.