(Editor’s Note: Each week, the staff of DallasCowboys.com will present “The Big Picture” for the upcoming game, presenting an overall update for each team as they head into the upcoming contest. This week, the Cowboys open the season hosting the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.)
WHAT: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
WHEN: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. (Central)
WHERE: AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas
The Cowboys enter the 2017 season as reigning NFC East champions, having won a franchise-record tying 13 games a year ago. Two of their three regular-season losses last season came against division rival New York, which held the league’s fifth-ranked scoring offense (26.3 points per game) to a combined 27 points.
While the offense’s biggest storyline this week centers on Ezekiel Elliott’s appealed six-game suspension, fellow second-year starter Dak Prescott looks poised for growth at quarterback after a productive training camp and preseason. The Cowboys are making two changes to the offensive line in front of Prescott: La’el Collins has moved out to right tackle to replace the retired Doug Free, and Chaz Green is competing with Jonathan Cooper for the left guard vacancy. The offense does return key skill players in the passing game along with rookie additions Ryan Switzer and Noah…