Odell Beckham Jr. unlikely to play Sunday night

Jay Cutler

It's uncertain whether an National Football League appeal can get the suspension reinstated this season.

Thursday night kicked off the festivities with an eye-opening performance. He makes the defense go and is the clear leader of the unit. Thankfully, it comes with the territory of fandom for this team.

LINE HISTORY: The Cowboys opened as 5.5-point home chalk way back in the Spring when the lines were first released. It also appears that their opponent is a necessary ingredient as well.

WHERE TO WATCH: It's Sunday Night Football, so catch the game on your local NBC affiliate.

NY will be as good offensively as Beckham makes the Giants.

How can they improve for their matchup with the Giants in Week 1 this year? Public loved the Giants up until Bekham got hurt in that preseason MNF game.

The best Giants teams have been built around defense, and past year they found their swagger on the defensive end once again on their way to an 11-5 record and a wild card berth. Then the Zeke suspension, then the reinstatement, this game got bet down all the way to Cowboys -3.5 dog -120 to 4 flat, which is the current number. Dallas held Giants quarterback Eli Manning to 400 total passing yards.

Speaking of a year ago, the Giants did well to confuse and frustrate Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Expect that to change tonight. The three-time Pro Bowler is officially listed as questionable on the team's injury report and is expected to be a game-time decision. Beckham was at practice all week but did not participate.

Stick with the running game: The Cowboys are known for their ability to run the ball with Elliott and their offensive line.

"They got weapons now", Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. This comes after the Cowboys easily posted the best record in the league past year.

Follow along as we bring you live updates and analysis from the game from kickoff through the final whistle. It was the largest one-season turnaround in franchise history. In fact, five of the last seven games have been decided by a field goal or less. If Beckham does sit, the Giants will turn to Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard in their season opener against NFC East rival Dallas.

For some reason, I can see some fireworks early in the game.

"I'm pretty sure he's going to play", Bryant said after Friday's practice. Second-year safety Landon Collins was the spearhead for a much-improved secondary that helped the Giants defense finish second in the league in points allowed at under 18 points per game. Again, a lot of that depends on the availability of OBJ. Personally I do believe he'll play, how effective he'll be is completely unknown.

But most importantly, Elliott's presence took the heat off of fellow 2016 draft classmate Prescott.

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