Breaking down every game on Monday, the NFL season was only one day away.
The teams were out in force, the schedule was full of big games and, of course, the game itself was one of the most important games in the NFL.
But this week was all about football, which is why we’ve taken a look at all the key matchups, along with some of the storylines to keep you up to date.
Here’s what we know:New York Giants vs. Dallas CowboysWhat: Dallas Cowboys at New York GiantsThe stakes: The Giants, the defending NFC East champs, are hoping to avoid their first loss in their 13-year existence.
The latest: The Cowboys (1-3) won in Washington on Sunday, but they were also swept by the Eagles on Thursday night.
This is the Giants’ first trip to Dallas since 2009, when the Giants beat the Cowboys by 30 points.
The weather: The game kicks off at 5 p.m.
ET on NBC, and you can watch it on NBC Sports Live Extra starting at 5:30 p.t.
The score: The Lions are 1-1, and the Cowboys are 0-4.
Here is the score: New York -1.8 New York is the NFL’s lowest-scoring team this season, and they’ve lost three of their past four games.
The Lions have been the league’s best team, and their defense has been the difference in two of their three victories this season.
New England Patriots vs. Miami DolphinsWhat: Miami Dolphins at New England PatriotsWhat: New England Pats at Miami DolphinsThe stakes.
The Dolphins, the AFC South champs heading into Sunday’s game, have won four straight games against the Patriots and are riding a four-game winning streak.
The Patriots (1.5-1) are coming off a Week 7 win over Miami, but that game was in Atlanta, where they lost to the Falcons, 27-14.
The Pats are coming into this game a bit hot, but the Dolphins have the NFL lead in rushing yards (1,854) and total offense (2,054).
The Dolphins have allowed a league-low 30.9 points per game.
The last time these teams met was in 2012, when New England won 31-24.
The Latest on the Miami Dolphins (all times local):The latest on the Dolphins (as of 11:30 a.m.)
The Colts have won five straight at home, including two by at least 20 points.
The defense has held opponents to just 18 points in their past five games, including a 25-3 victory over the Jaguars on Saturday.
The Miami Herald’s Brian Billick has the latest on Tom Brady and his suspension.
What’s at stake: The Patriots are expected to be without their top running back and starting quarterback.
New England has only two games left to play, and Brady is the favorite to lead them into the playoffs.
The Weather: The Dolphins are expected in the mid-90s.