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Giants are underdogs in season-opener

The Giants are 3.5-point underdogs to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

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2023 NFC win-total projections: Eagles, 49ers remain atop conference; Cowboys, Packers miss playoffs |

Analytics expert Cynthia Frelund has the Giants winning nine game and making the playoffs as a wild card team.

The Week 1 divisional bout between New York and Dallas goes a long way in the playoff race, as I have Brian Daboll's crew knocking off the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. The offseason additions to the passing game (tight end Darren Waller and receivers Parris Campbell and Jalin Hyatt) should give Saquon Barkley more room to operate. The star running back blows past 1,025 rushing yards in 56.7 percent of simulations.

Will Cowboys, Eagles continue to dominate Giants in 2023? |

The Giants’ Week 1 game now looms large and this matchup — in less than a week, on Sunday night at home against the Cowboys — is yet another reminder of how the Giants must overcome their Dallas/Philadelphia struggles if they want to take the next step in the NFC East ... and beyond.

CB Adoree’ Jackson expects improvements

NY Giants: These 5 players face the most pressure vs. Dallas in Week 1 | The Record

The Giants believe Evan Neal is poised not only for a rebound this season, but a leap, and what better setting to kick that off than against the defensive front that gave him nightmares last year. The 6-foot-7 Neal is at 345 pounds, eight down from his playing weight as a rookie. He's altered his stance to gain more fluidity and quickness, and you can bet every one of his snaps will be broken down and analyzed afterward.

A clean game from Neal will go a long way toward validating his development as a player.

NFL team previews 2023: Predictions, sleepers, depth charts |

ESPN has the Giants as the 19th best club in the league offers that pass blocking is their biggest weakness.

The interior of the offensive line and right tackle Evan Neal all come with questions. Neal was 58th out of 64 qualifying tackles last season with an 81.1% pass block win rate. He needs to improve drastically. Combine that with uncertainty at guard and a rookie center in John Michael Schmitz Jr. and a lot will ride on the coaching staff’s ability to scheme around this deficiency.

How Giants have improved their depth for the 2023 NFL season |

Where the draft could really set the Giants up for success, though, is with the additions they made in the later rounds. Seventh round defensive tackle Jordon Riley looked like a terrific prospect in preseason and sixth-rounder Tre Hawkins was so comfortable in camp and preseason the Giants may open the season with him in the starting line-up. These additions at least provide the Giants with rotational depth and potentially two future reliable starters.

It’s ‘go time’ for Giants cornerbacks Deonte Banks and Tre Hawkins |

Adoree’ Jackson on the Banks-Hawkins rookie combo at CB: “You wouldn’t know they didn’t know each other, they look like two peas in a pod. Them feeding off each other and wanting to compete is what makes those two special.”

Giants rookie center John Michael Schmitz has ‘that animal’ in him | New York Daily News

John Michael Schmitz, the Giants’ second-round center out of Minnesota, quietly had the best training camp of all Joe Schoen’s rookie draft picks.

NFL’s most intriguing players: 23 to watch for the 2023 season | The Athletic

7. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

The fifth-year pro’s production last season was a big, big reason for quarterback Daniel Jones’ improved play. A career-best 1,312 rushing yards wasn’t enough to earn Barkley a long-term deal from the Giants, but he’s back on a one-year deal with a chip on his shoulder and the chance to hit free agency next offseason. Does Barkley have a fourth 1,000-yard season in him?

It’s not magic, it’s science! How the Giants, Jets have remained injury-free | Newsday

The two teams have gotten through a combined seven exhibition games, nearly 50 practices, dozens of walk-throughs and thousands of drilled reps without one major injury.

FMIA: Eagles Over Bills in Super Bowl LVIII, Jaguars Are AFC's Top Seed and More 2023 NFL Season Predictions | NBC Sports

Peter King reviewing Once a Giant: A story of victory, tragedy and life after football, by Gary Myers:

The result is a sweeping look, not only at the price players paid to win the Super Bowl 37 years ago. But it’s also about the Father Flanagan role Bill Parcells took on, and about the outsized and conscientious role team captain Harry Carson took on (captain for life, basically), and about how times have so drastically changed in football from a physically brutal practice schedule then to taking better care of the players now.

This week’s opponent

Cowboys LG Tyler Smith reportedly has minor hamstring issue | Blogging The Boys

Cowboys LG Tyler Smith walked off practice field toward conclusion of the portion that was open to reporters. He spoke with head athletic trainer Jim Maurer before exiting. Something to watch on game week. According to the Dallas Morning News, the “initial belief is it’s minor.”

Dak sees offense loaded with speedy “playmakers” |

"Yeah, a lot of speed. You can name a lot of guys," Dak said of this year's offense. "(We have a) few guys that have speed but are playmakers. Speed is one thing, but to be a playmaker is another thing."

Cowboys sign Terence Steele to five-year extension | Pro Football Talk

Around the league

Patrick Mahomes says Kadarius Toney ‘looks like KT’ in practice, WR’s return ‘a huge positive’ for Chiefs |

Eagles’ James Bradberry having ‘fun’ taking some reps at nickel corner |

Jalen Hurts has Eagles on a Super Bowl mission to finish the job this time | FOX Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles sign former Giant Tyre Phillips | Bleeding Green Nation

Two-time Pro Bowl tight end and former Giant Kyle Rudolph announces retirement | New York Post

Brian Burns' status for Panthers' opener uncertain amid contract dispute |

Robert Saleh: We’ll be smart about how we use Breece Hall, Dalvin Cook this week | Pro Football Talk

Patriots coach Bill Belichick praises QB Mac Jones |

Rams WR Cooper Kupp visiting specialist in Minnesota to further understand hamstring issue |

Dolphins pick Mike White over Skylar Thompson to be QB2 |

Patrick Mahomes weighs in as DT Chris Jones misses practice before NFL opener, posts cryptic tweet |

Lions GM says team 'not scared of the expectations' to win |

How Will New Coordinators Affect 6 Conference Championship Contenders? | The 33rd Team

Ten Bold(ish) Predictions for the 2023 NFL Season | The Ringer

2023 NFL broadcast survey results: CBS leapfrogs NBC for best game broadcast and more | The Athletic

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