New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys preview and prediction

The Dallas Cowboys were happy to have Ezekiel Elliott on the field Sunday night

They were battles a year ago, the first being a 20-19 win on a late touchdown to Victor Cruz.

Zeke dominated the headlines this week, but it's the performance of Dak Prescott that could be the key to the Cowboys doing what they couldn't do previous year and beating the Giants.

Dallas's breakout 2016 was unexpected - the kind of turnaround that could only be engineered by two game-changing rookies and one of the league's best offensive lines.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott is back in play after a Texas judge granted Elliott's motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the NFL's six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The NFL odds for the game have the Cowboys favored to pick up the win.

The Giants will likely look to Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard more if Beckham is unable to play.

If he is able to play, numberFire's models project Beckham to haul in 6.6 catches for 88.4 yards and 0.72 touchdowns in Week 1.

With the Cowboys favored by more than a field goal, a majority of our experts are taking the Giants and the points, figuring this will be a close game either way.

How can I stream New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys online? Additionally, safety Landon Collins has developed into a versatile and dynamic playmaker on the back end, helping in both the run and pass game.

Reports began surfacing shortly after the injury that Beckham "could miss a week or two of the regular season", but head coach Ben McAdoo said Friday there is a chance Beckham could play even without practicing. Sustaining that elite pace will be hard, but the team's play over the last half of the prior year lends hope. Before that Dallas reeled off five consecutive victories over the Giants. Maybe I'm oversimplifying, but I really think this game is going to come down to the Dallas offense against the NY defense.

- Written by Tom Bowles, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network.

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