Most NFL teams begin their 2015 season on Sunday afternoon, but the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants face off on “Sunday Night Football” at AT&T Stadium. It is one of four primetime games in Week 1.
The Cowboys are significant favorites, as they look to defend their NFC East title. The Giants won six games last season and haven’t reached the playoffs since they won the Super Bowl four years ago.
Tyrone Crawford could be with the Cowboys for a long time after signing his new deal with the team. The defensive tackle just signed a five-year deal worth $45 million, $25.7 million of which is guaranteed. Crawford had been entering the final year of his contract. He recorded 33 tackles and three sacks in 2014.
While Crawford is locked in as a starter, Dallas’ starting running back isn’t as clear. Joseph Randle isn’t a guarantee to start, but he’s expected to get most of the carries. Darren McFadden and Christine Michael, whom the team recently traded for, should see time in the backfield as well.
Jason Pierre-Paul won’t be on the field for the Giants’ season opener, but it appears the defensive end might miss even more time than New York initially thought. Three sources tell ESPN.com that Pierre-Paul could potentially miss the whole season. The Giants reportedly discovered that part of one of the defensive end’s fingers is missing, in addition to the right index finger he lost during a July 4, fireworks accident.
While Pierre-Paul is the team’s best player that's dealing with an injury, New York has also been banged up in the secondary. As a result, rookie Landon Collins and Cooper Taylor, who’s only played 10 NFL games, will start. Collins seemed to take exception with Tony Romo’s statement to reporters this week about looking to exploit certain matchups on Sunday. Collins and the rest of the New York secondary will be tasked with stopping Dez Bryant, who led the league with 16 receiving touchdowns last year.
The game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Viewers can watch a free live stream online with NBC Sports Live Extra.