New York Giants are the team to beat

Updated: September 5, 2012, 9:36 AM ET
By Adam Schefter

Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag twice a week. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: Who do you think will be the X factor in the Giants-Cowboys game on Wednesday? Do you think Jason Witten will play?

-- Christian (Rhode Island)

A: I don't think Witten will play, Christian. Last week, I had one person tell me the chances of him playing were "not good." Another said it was "extremely unlikely." This is not a knee or shoulder injury that a player plays through. This involves an internal organ, and it's not easy. Until doctors clear him, he won't be on the field. As for the X factors, they always involve turnovers. Both these teams are good enough and explosive enough that it often comes down to which holds on to the football. The team that does usually wins. Plus, the Giants being at home, with the emotion of playing in front of a crowd celebrating a Super Bowl, will be difficult for Dallas to overcome. There's a reason it has been nearly a decade since the road team has won the kickoff game.

Q: How do you think Peyton Manning will perform in Week 1? How much rust do you expect?

-- Jason (Nebraska)