Sunday Night Football is officially back.

 

To open up the SNF season, the premier matchup between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys was featured.

 

Last season, each team enjoyed levels of success that propelled them to playoff berths.

 

The Cowboys garnered the number one seed in the NFC, but suffered an early exit in the Divisional Round versus the Green Bay Packers while the Giants suffered defeat at the hands of the same team in the Wildcard round.

 

Entering this season, each team has a lot of expectation with most of their rosters returning and another year more experienced together.

 

The Giants made a big offseason move through the acquisition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall to play on the opposite side Odell Beckham, Jr. Partner that with an enhanced defense, the Giants are looking to make a run at the NFC East title this season.

 

In their immediate path stand the Dallas Cowboys, the perennial favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

 

Coming off a 13-3 season and most of the team returning, America’s Team are settling for nothing less than a Super Bowl.

 

For both, their respective runs started last night in Dallas at Jerry’s World.

 

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In typical Giants/Cowboys fashion, it was a relatively low scoring affair in which the Cowboys came out on top 19-3.

 

The Beckham-less Giants struggled offensively all night and really failed to get anything going on that side of the ball.

 

Eli Manning completed 29 of 38 passes for 220 yards and a key interception that killed any offensive momentum that they may have had. That coupled with a non-existent running game (35 total rush yards), was the key to stagnation for a team that looked to improve offensively this season.

 

On the flip side, the Cowboys moved the ball pretty well throughout the contest both through the air and on the ground.

 

Second year QB Dak Prescott followed up his stellar rookie campaign with a solid opening night performance going 24/39 for 268 yards and one score. Ezekiel Elliott, who despite being hammered with a six game suspension was allowed to play in the opener, notched his first 100 yard game of the season to the tune of 104 yards on 24 carries. He also carried some weight on the receiving end with 5 catches for 36 yards.

 

Although there were no big performances from the receiving side of things, the highlight of the night came from Jason Witten who became the Cowboys all time leader in receiving yards, passing Hall of Famer Michael Irvin to move to the top of the pedestal. He caught 7 passes for 59 yards and the lone touchdown offensively.

The rest of the scoring came from All-Pro kicker Dan Bailey who was perfect on the night going 4/4 on field goals with his long being from 48 yards out.

 

Overall, performances were night and day for each team.

 

While the Cowboys weren’t at their best, they played well enough to stifle the Giants on both sides of the ball which can prove to be scary for any team in their path this season when they do reach their peak.

 

Their defense shined and flew around the field all night long. Although they have seemed to lose premier cornerback Orlando Scandrick for an extended amount of time with a broken hand, they should be in good shape with the way they looked last night.

 

For the Giants, with the likely return of Beckham next week, they should get back on track versus the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. It really get any lower than last night for a team that has high hopes for 2017-2018.

 

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