The Dallas Cowboys will square off against the New York Giants to begin the 2015 NFL season, and quarterback Tony Romo is poised to flat-out destroy the rivals on Sunday night.
Last season, Romo and the Cowboys twice knocked off Eli Manning and Co., winning 31-21 at home and 31-28 on the road. Romo tossed a total of seven touchdowns compared to just one interception and completed 71.4 percent of his 49 attempts.
And there’s no reason to suggest that dominance won’t continue. In fact, the evidence points to an even more successful debut for Romo.
DeMarco Murray, who racked up 249 rushing yards and two touchdowns against New York in 2014, is no longer in the backfield. Dallas’ outstanding offensive line can make any running back successful, but the Cowboys won’t rely on the combination of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar like the team did Murray.
Fewer carries means more throws, and Romo is more than prepared to handle a heavier load—especially since the Giants are not.
Romo on Giants safeties: "Obviously there are matchups I'll be looking for."
— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) September 9, 2015
New York managed four sacks during the two-game series last year, but a certain guy named Jason Pierre-Paul tallied two of them. Following the Fourth of July fireworks accident that cost him a finger, JPP won’t be available Sunday.
Behind that stellar offensive line, Romo should have ample time to locate open receivers and deliver on-target strikes throughout the night. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have Dez Bryant running routes. The wideout punished the weak Giants secondary for 16 receptions, 237 yards and two touchdowns.
To make matters worse, New York didn’t upgrade at cornerback during the offseason. So, the Giants have a medicore pass rush and weak coverage. That’s approximately never a recipe for success against an elite quarterback-receiver tandem like Romo and Bryant.
Romo has the weapons to obliterate the rival Giants on Sunday Night Football, and it would be shocking if he didn’t.