The 2012 NFL Week 1 schedule kicks off with a big game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on Sept. 5. The game is a huge one for the Cowboys, who seek revenge against the team that eliminated them from a playoff possibility in 2011. The Giants hope to continue their strong play, following their big Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.
The Cowboys come into the game with a lot of questions. Injuries plagued them the entire preseason and the offensive line remains one giant question mark. Another problem arises in the wide receiver corps. After Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, who both enter the season coming off injuries, there is little in the way of experienced depth.
On the positive side, Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray lead an impressive backfield and the Dallas defense looks stronger than ever. The Cowboys will need to hope the offensive line can protect Romo and open holes for Murray if they want to help their defense win the game.
The Giants beat the Cowboys in Week 17 of the 2011 NFL season, a game where the winner made the NFL playoffs, and knocked off Dallas. Eli Manning and his big-time receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, hope to continue their success over their NFC East rivals.
On the injury front, Dallas heads into the game without defensive veteran Jay Ratliff, who has a high ankle sprain. Jason Witten remains listed as doubtful, although he has a doctor's appointment on Sept. 4 and said he will play if cleared. Mike Jenkins is questionable with an injured shoulder.
Giants' wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has not practiced leading into the opening game with the Cowboys, but says he will play in this important NFL Week 1 matchup.
The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET to open the NFL season.
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