COW­BOYS, 26-16

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 2 MATCH UP - Cow­boys WR Dez Bryant.

Con­sen­sus line (Play Cow­boys by 11⁄

Pre­dic­tion: Den­ver still has plenty of for­mi­da­ble pieces left from its Pey­ton Man­ning-led Su­per Bowl days. Un­for­tu­nately, Man­ning isn’t one of them. The of­fense sagged to 27th in the league in 2016, and the de­fense, while one of the best in the NFL, had se­ri­ous is­sues against the


run in 2016. That’s prob­lem­atic this week be­cause run­ning the ball is what Dal­las does best, de­spite its uptick in pass­ing against the New York Gi­ants in the first game. If Ezekiel El­liott plays, the Cow­boys could mix the pass and run but ride him to enough points and then to clock-eat­ing drives to over­power the Bron­cos.

uS­TART: Bron­cos WR De­mary­ius Thomas. Thomas’ ham­string is bet­ter and the big phys­i­cal wide­out is the type of threat that the Cow­boys sec­ondary can’t han­dle. If Trevor Siemian can get Thomas the ball, he’s due for 100-plus yards.

uSIT: Talk about a tough run of op­po­nents. Af­ter get­ting two re­cep­tions against a stiff Gi­ants sec­ondary, Bryant draws Den­ver’s dom­i­nant pass de­fense. It’s far-fetched to think he’ll right the ship.

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