Dallas Cowboys Vs. New York Giants: Sunday’s Importance Goes Beyond The Standings

    This Sunday, the open up their against the division rival . While the game is just the first of 16 to be played, the final result will have a much bigger impact than just one game in the standings.

    Of course, being a divisional home game raises the stakes Sunday as it is already. Especially with a road game against the defending looming for week two. The absolute last thing the is to fall behind 0-2 with both losses within the division.

    But I truly believe the importance of this game goes beyond the standings, or the remaining schedule. It goes beyond the mantra of “just another game.” The way this team plays and the outcome of Sunday's game will have a direct impact on how the Cowboys can put the “ghost” of to bed, at least for the time being.

    1-11 Without Tony Romo.

    We all know these stats.

    We all know that last year, once Romo went down, this team stumbled along to a putrid 4-12 record. We all know how awful the looked in Green Bay when led by and given ample opportunities to take over the game. We all remember the struggles of and , and the heartbreaking overtime losses which punctuated the disastrous season.

    But the players know all of this too.

    And no matter how strong the may be within the locker room from veterans like and , or from , a loss Sunday could possibly trigger all too many bad memories and send this team down the same, miserable path.


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    A loss Sunday, whether close and heartbreaking or never in doubt, could make the Cowboys think “here we go again,” questioning their own talent, their own ability, and their own in Dak Prescott.

    We all believe this team will be different, though.

    For starters, this team is healthy. Sure Tony Romo is once again missing, but the other key pieces which were either hobbled or absent last season are back and ready to go.

    Dez Bryant, , and not only bolster the team's lineup when available but also strengthen the locker room. These three returning to dominance will help the Cowboys stay afloat, regardless of the outcome of game one.

    Key newcomers also bring with them an added chance to survive without Romo.

    Ezekiel Elliott looks like the real deal, powering through some of the most respected defenders in the entire NFL during his limited action. brings arm strength, athleticism, and excitement which none of the former three backups brought.Cowboys Headlines - Hope Behind Romo: The Excitement of Dak Prescott

    Defensively, looks like a new player and is cementing himself as one of the best and most reliable in the league.

    And on top of all of this, the Cowboys still feature the most dominant unit in all of football, their .

    What scares me, and may scare a lot of however, is that we all thought last year's team was just as fit to survive without their leader, but failed to do so.

    It may just be week one, but this game will tell us a lot about the psyche and mental toughness of the 2016 Dallas Cowboys.

    Kevin Brady
    Kevin Brady
    Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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    James Alipo

    The bright side here is that if they flop without Romo again this year it will lead to another high draft pick which will move this team one step closer too the future end game. A Myles Garrett could do wonders for the cowboys future


    I am glad we get to see what Dak can do. I know he is going to be great


    The difference between this year and last year is Dak

    Harley Waldrop

    We aren’t looking at,OR for a “flop” season for a good draft NEXT year ! That’s like saying – We can’t win the Super Bowl because we won’t get a high draft pick ! What’s wrong with you? WE will win the division and the playoffs starts a BRAND NEW season ! We are too good to not go all the way ! Harley W.