The Cowboys go into the new season with a rookie quarterback at the controls. It wasn't meant to be this way; Dak Prescott was drafted late in the fourth round as a compensatory pick, and moved up the depth chart following injuries to back-up Kellen Moore (leg) and starter Tony Romo (back). Veteran Mark Sanchez joined the team on Saturday after he was cut by the Denver Broncos, but Prescott remains the starter for now.
Meanwhile, the Giants have a rookie of their own in head coach Ben McAdoo. He was promoted from offensive coordinator to replace Tom Coughlin, and McAdoo has already proved capable of getting good results from QB Eli Manning. The health of his teammates has been a concern, though, especially on defense. Adding DE Olivier Vernon and NT Damon Harrison in the offseason should help ease those concerns.
NFL Odds: Cowboys Host Giants in 2016 Opener
The Dallas Cowboys are 1-point underdogs for Sunday's season opener (4:25 PM ET, FOX) at home versus the New York Giants. The Cowboys will start rookie Dak Prescott at quarterback, next to rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot. Mark Sanchez, who was signed on Saturday, will be Prescott's back-up in Week 1.
New York responds with a reinforced defensive front, featuring free-agent acquisitions DE Olivier Vernon and NT Damon Harrison alongside incumbent DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DT Johnathan Hankins. The injury-plagued Giants had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last year.