New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys preview and prediction

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They are pegged as the favorites to win the NFC and snap a 22-year Super Bowl drought. The way to beat the Giants last season was by overwhelming the offensive line against both the pass and the run.

Elliott, who led the league in rushing with 1,631 yards as a rookie last season, filed a temporary restraining order to block the ban, but the timing of Wednesday's ruling allowed him to face NY before the suspension kicks in.

NY is always a tough matchup for the Cowboys.

For the Giants, Jason Pierre-Paul will be key to stopping Elliott.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News noted Beckham hasn't practiced since he sprained his left ankle August 21.

It seems implausible the Giants will keep him out for such a big matchup. That report also stated that Beckham is undergoing constant rehab and will "give it a shot on the field tonight". But it seemed unlikely after Beckham did not practice all week, and after the receiver genuinely had seemed uncertain on Wednesday of whether he should or even could play.

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Offseason pickup Brandon Marshall, a former No. 1 receiver in his own right, will likely see an increased role Sunday night.

Of course Beckham and the Giants have to be smart about their decision, understanding that Game 1 of a 16-game season is not the time to push too far, to risk aggravating an injury to the point it lasts longer than it would have if allowed to heal completely. But don't be fooled; Marshall is aging, leaving Beckham the one true deep threat on this Giants team. A strong opening game against the division rival Cowboys by Manning would silence a lot of doubters.

Beckham, 24, caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Those are really good receivers. They have more than enough talent to fill in for Beckham as Eli Manning's favorite targets. Last season, during two victories against Dallas a quarterback notorious for turning the ball over threw just two picks.

Coach Ben McAdoo said Beckham would work with trainers Friday, a day the Giants let players rest and recover. It was too much to overcome.

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