The Dallas Cowboys (0-1) will host the New York Giants (0-1) in a matchup of NFC East rivals on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:20 EST at AT&T Stadium and will be televised nationally on NBC.
Oddsmakers opened this line with Dallas a 3.5-point home favorite and has since been bet down to the Cowboys -3. The Total for this matchup is 42 points, which is down a little from the opening number of 43. Click here for a full look at the Week 2 and for more links to our games previews.
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New York wasn’t able to get the Saquon Barkley era off on the right foot, as they lost 20-15 at home to the Jaguars in Week 1, failing to cover as a 3-point dog. That’s not to say Barkley wasn’t a difference-maker for the Giants. He had 106 yards on 18 carries, including an impressive 68-yard run for a score. He also had 2 catches for 22 yards.
Dallas also suffered a Week 1 setback, losing 16-8 on the road to the Panthers as a 3-point dog. While the defense did a good job keeping Cam Newton and company in check, the Cowboys offense looked lost, as they total just 232 yards for the game. The big surprise was Dallas only rushed Ezekiel Elliot 15 times, while Dak Prescott threw it 29 times.
Last year Dallas swept the season series. The Cowboys won 19-3 as a 6-point favorite at home in Week 1 and 30-10 as a 4-point road favorite at New York in Week 10. Prior to last year the Giants had covered each of the previous 5 meetings.
Giants vs Cowboys Free Pro Football Predictions: Cowboys -3
I would have to lean towards the Cowboys laying just a field goal at home again the Giants in this one. To my surprise, the betting public is all over the Giants leading up this game, as we are just a few days away and there’s more than 60% of the bets coming in on the Giants.
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Dallas is typically one of the bigger public teams, but I think we are seeing people react to how poorly they played in the Week 1 loss to the Panthers. I also think there’s a lot of excitement with the Giants team with their dynamic 1-2 punch of Barkley and star wide out Odell Beckham Jr.
While others are clearly ready to give on this Dallas team, I’m not ready to write them off. I think they went into that game against Carolina with the wrong game-plan and a lot of that probably had to do with the respect they had for the Panthers front 7. Look for them to really focus on getting Elliott going and when this team gets that running game going they are very difficult to beat.
The Giants are definitely a team they can have success against running the ball. New York gave up 137 yards on just 28 carries to the Jags (4.9 yards/carry) and that was with Jacksonville’s star running back Leonard Fournette missing most of the game (only had 9 carries) because of a hamstring injury.
I also think people are overlooking just how well the Dallas defense played in the opener. The Cowboys only gave up 16 points and 293 yards to the Panthers. They gave up 147 yards rushing, but 58 of those yards were from Newton on quarterback runs. Eli Manning isn’t running the football.
Everyone is going to focus on the 106 yards Barkley finished the game with, but if you take away that 68-yard touchdown run, he had a mere 38 yards on his 17 other carries, which is about 2.2 yards/carry. I also still have my concerns with Eli Manning and his ability to lead this offense. He’s got zero mobility and missed a lot of easy throws in Week 1. Dallas sacked Newton 3 times and it’s no easy task bringing him down. I think that pass rush could be the difference in this one. Give me the Cowboys -3.