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Odell Beckham Jr not expected to play despite being game-time decision

Odell Beckham Jr not expected to play despite being game-time decision

But the Giants have played Dallas with a lot of split safeties, meaning the middle is the most vulnerable area of the field.

For history buffs, this is the 111th meeting all time between these two historic franchishes.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News noted Beckham hasn't practiced since he sprained his left ankle August 21.

Overall, the Giants allowed just 17.8 points per game, second in the National Football League behind the Patriots.

Last season - the first year the "probable" designation was eliminated from injury reports - 70 percent of Giants players listed as questionable ended up playing that week, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. The Giants won both meetings a year ago, handing Dallas two of its three losses, but the Cowboys won the division. Armed with that knowledge, my gut feeling is that the Cowboys offense finds the balance they were missing last season, they go 3-for-3 in red zone trips and walk away with a 21-17 victory to start the season.

The news the Dallas Cowboys did not want to hear came down on Wednesday when an National Football League arbiter upheld the six-game suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott following accusations of domestic violence.

Where the game could be won is on the other side of the ball. Beckham will be limited even if he is active.

"I wouldn't count it out", Beckham told reporters Wednesday.

Should Beckham sit out, the team's offensive ceiling could crash to the ground. A strong opening game against the division rival Cowboys by Manning would silence a lot of doubters. Those are really good receivers.

The 24-year-old had a career-best 101 catches last season for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns and has made the Pro Bowl all three seasons.

Now 36 years old, Eli Manning likely wouldn't have to endure questions about his age if it weren't for the lackluster season he put up in 2016.

As much as Beckham wants it to be all about the greatness - and make no mistake, he is one of the most electrifying players in the game, capable of ridiculous one-handed grabs and absurd open-field runs - history has proven he can't always avoid the distractions.

Cowboys are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC.

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