GI­ANTS, 20-16

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL WEST - Cow­boys WR Dez Bryant.

Con­sen­sus line: Cow­boys by 4 Who will win and why: A year ago, the Gi­ants swept Dal­las on the strength of their de­fense. This year, that de­fense might be bet­ter, led by DT Da­mon Har­ri­son, a stout run de­fender, and CB Janoris Jenk­ins, whose bat­tles with Dal­las WR Dez Bryant should be in­tense. The Cow­boys en­ter the sea­son con­fi­dent and

FAN­TASY

click­ing on of­fense — with or with­out RB Ezekiel El­liott — but points are hard to come by against the Gi­ants. The game might well turn on the other matchup — the Gi­ants’ un­der­achiev­ing of­fense vs. the Cow­boys’ unin­spir­ing de­fense. In that one, Gi­ants WR Odell Beck­ham Jr. is the X fac­tor, as­sum­ing he’s healthy.

uSTART: Gi­ants QB Eli Man­ning. He threw for 4,027 yards and 26 touch­downs in 2016. Those num­bers could rise with the ad­di­tion of WR Bran­don Mar­shall and the re­turn of Odell Beck­ham Jr. and Ster­ling Shep­ard. He has thrown 10 TD passes in his last six meet­ings vs. the Cow­boys.

uSIT: He hasn’t fared well against the Gi­ants the last two years. Last year, he had two re­cep­tions for 18 yards in two games. You must go back to 2014 to find his last touch­down against them.

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