NFL Betting Odds: Can Giants Force a Shootout with Cowboys?
The Dallas Cowboys have had their share of drama. It was kind of a miracle, in fact, that they beat the Atlanta Falcons a few weeks ago, using an onside kick that never should have been recovered. There are problems with the stop unit. But can the New York Giants take advantage of that?
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants Betting Odds
|Giants||+8 (-110)||53½ (-110)||+299|
|Cowboys||-8 (-110)||53½ (-110)||-375|
Cowboys pile up yardage – through the air
What Dak Prescott did the last two weeks is unprecedented in NFL history, throwing for 974 yards. But guess what? The Cowboys lost both games. So is that an answer? If you can believe it, a team that has Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield is running the ball only 31.4% of the time.
For Giants, the Offense is in Short Supply
Frankly, they don’t have as good of an excuse as the Giants. Joe Judge’s team does not have much of a running game left, after losing Saquon Barkley. And when you have to leave the whole thing up to a near-rookie quarterback, there is trouble. Daniel Jones only took over as the starter from Eli Manning a year ago. And he has fumbled 20 times already.
What the Giants do is create a hole for themselves that they can’t get out of. Against the Rams last week they had 4th-and-19 on three of their first four drives. Jones was sacked five times and tossed an interception.
New York defense might carry its own weight
We have to applaud the Giants’ defense for their effort last week. They took one of the better rushing teams in the NFL (the Rams) and held them to just 2.5 yards per attempt. And a 55-yard TD reception by Cooper Kupp constituted 23% of the entire Los Angeles offensive output. Jared Goff came into the game with a league-leading 9.6 yards per pass attempt. He left the field with that figure had plummeted to 6.3.
Cowboys – can they stop the run? Does it matter?
It’s a shame that the Giants haven’t found a ground game solution in the absence of Barkley. The Cowboys were wide open for the Cleveland Browns last week. They surrendered 307 rushing yards (7.7 yards per carry). And much of that was without Nick Chubb or Kareem Hunt on the field.
The Giants outgained the Rams last week, but we’re not sure we see that kind of thing happening. They have scored just 47 points, and when you look at what the Cowboys did against Cleveland – well, they racked up 35 first downs and 566 yards. Yes, some of this you might say is a little empty; that Prescott, who’s looking for a big contract, is all about the stats.
Dallas’ games have tended to be a little wild. Last week they were down 41-14 and made things hairy with a 24-point fourth quarter. Do the Giants have enough firepower to create a donnybrook? Probably not.
It is unfortunate that New York won’t be able to exploit a perceived Cowboy weakness. Unbelievable as this may sound, they have been tallied 99 fewer points than Dallas over the first four games.
On the technical front, the Giants have covered eleven of their last 14 games as a road dog. But the Cowboys have owned this series lately, with six straight wins and covers. Teams like Atlanta, Seattle and Cleveland could really “trade.” The Giants can’t. So we’d rather be laying the points.
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