NFL 2012 Season Opener
Find the full schedules for 2012 here: NFL schedule 2012 week 1
This matchup will be the same as the last game of the 2011 NFL regular season with the Giants again hosting Dallas.
New York are -220 favourites to continue their recent dominance over the Cowboys in the first game of the season which takes place at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. The Super Bowl champions kick the season off for the ninth successive season and the champions are on an 8-0 run on opening day fixtures. The odds are stacked against the Cowboys on Wednesday.
They have kept their team from last season relatively intact but they will be hoping to have a more comfortable regular season this time around. The Giants were 9-7 last year but went on to lift the Super Bowl and will hope to establish themselves in the AFC East, with Philadelphia looking strong this campaign.
The Giants possess the better defensive line and the better quarterback. Eli Manning proved how he can control the tempo of the game as he blossomed last season into the true leader running the offense.
The combination of Mathias Kiwanuka, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora is too lethal for offensive lines to protect. Of course, the Giants’ secondary is always a question.
Another question mark is the offense. Will Victor Cruz have the same dynamic performance in 2012? Will Hakeem Nicks come back and have a dominant season?
However, the Giants have always had question marks when heading into the regular season and they faced the same issue last year without a true No. 1 wide out, but they managed to get everybody involved and Manning became the key to their success.
The Dallas Cowboys have the upper hand in rushing, but despite the Giants’ questions on receiving, their main man Jason Witten is still 50-50 as he is recuperating from a ruptured spleen. Bet DSI make Dallas +190 to win on Wednesday and they will be determined to get a good start on what looks an imposing schedule.
They could have done without the on-going ‘Dez Rules’ fiasco, allegedly in place to stop wide receiver, Dez Bryant, from a repeat of the off-field problems that disrupted him in 2011-2012. Owner Jerry Jones went from one contradiction to another concerning the alleged guidelines and it has affected the Cowboys pre-season.
The Cowboys will be out for revenge after getting swept by the Giants last season, including a 31-14 loss in the season finale with the NFC East title and a playoff berth on the line.
Without this win the Giants wouldn’t have been able to build up the momentum on their incredible run to defeat Atlanta, Green Bay and San Francisco in the play offs before edging the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Both sides are up for this one. Football is back.