The Giants Yet Again: The History of Opening Day Opponents

The NFL’s scheduling gods have decided that Dallas must open the season against the Giants. Perpetually?

Dallas plays New York in the first game for the fifth time in six years. In the previous four games, Dallas won three of four but lost last year’s opener, 20-19.

In the team’s history, the Cowboys have opened the season against the Giants nine times, going 8-1 in those games. During the team’s eight-game winning streak, the Cowboys won by an average mark of 35-18. Of course, that streak ended a year ago.

After next Sunday’s game, the Cowboys will have faced the Giants on opening day more than any other franchise. Dallas has played Washington nine times, with the last opener taking place in 2010.

The Cowboys have an overall opening day record of 37-19-1.

Here is a complete list of records vs. different opponents (in alphabetical order):

Arizona: 0-1

Atlanta: 1-1

Baltimore Colts: 1-0

Buffalo: 1-0

Chicago: 1-1

Cleveland: 3-0

Detroit: 1-0

Houston Texans: 0-1

Jacksonville: 0-1

Minnesota: 1-1

New Orleans: 0-1

New York Giants: 8-1

New York Jets: 0-1

Philadelphia: 3-1

Pittsburgh: 3-3

L.A. Rams: 2-0

San Diego: 2-0

Tampa Bay: 1-1

Washington: 6-2-1


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