New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
These two are the most likely candidates for the NFC East crown in 2016 (sorry, Washington) and they’ll battle it out from Week 1 through 17. The Cowboys will be a different team this year with Romo back under center and Ezekiel Elliott toting the rock. Dallas will need that offensive firepower to contend with the Giants’ new weapons on defense. Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins will help bolster their D and should help with their fourth quarter woes.
Keys to the Game
The Cowboys need to keep Romo upright in his return to regular season action. Olivier Vernon will be a challenge to block, but Romo will need a little time in order to stretch the field with Dez and unclog that front seven for Elliott to run against.
Pressure on Romo. The Cowboys were hapless without him in 2015 and if they can limit his effectiveness, they will be in the driver’s seat against a porous Dallas defense. Eli will have all day to throw as Dallas has no pass rush.