Elliott in, Beckham now in doubt today

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Giants - WR Dwayne Harris (Probable, Upper Body), CB Eli Apple (Probable, Ankle), WR Tavarres King (Probable, Ankle), DT Jay Bromley (Probable, Knee), WR Brandon Marshall (Probable, Shoulder), WR Odell Beckham Jr. This year, both franchises are coming off of huge 2016 seasons.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News noted Beckham hasn't practiced since he sprained his left ankle August 21. The Giants were able to hold a team that averaged 26.3 points per game to that same number, total, in both games a year ago.

Those questions will still face the Giants on Sunday night along with the status of Beckham, so with that in mind, here are three keys for Big Blue's offense in Week 1.

The New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys game begins at 8:30 p.m. ET. Last season, they could at least focus their efforts on Beckham when they played NY. He gained 107 yards in their second meeting last season but keep in mind that was without the star defensive lineman on the field. In 15 games with Beckham that season, the Giants averaged almost 27 points per game, in which Manning was intercepted a total of 11 times, and the team tied for the most passing touchdowns in the league. That report also stated that Beckham is undergoing constant rehab and will "give it a shot on the field tonight". He will have to fill that role Sunday if Beckham doesn't play.

Should Beckham sit out, the team's offensive ceiling could crash to the ground.

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While the Cowboys are riding high, the Giants tend to thrive in this type of underdog environment. Last season, during two victories against Dallas a quarterback notorious for turning the ball over threw just two picks.

Coach Ben McAdoo said all along that if the Giants' medical staff cleared Beckham, he would play on Sunday. The Giants ended up punting after a hard count situation.

In the Sports Illustrated projections, the Dallas Cowboys will finish with a 10-6 record, which should be good enough for second place in the division.

- Written by Tom Bowles, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network.

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