New York Giants (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U) vs. Dallas Cowboys (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS, 0-0 O/U)
NFL: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. EST
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -3.5. Total: 47.5.
It will be a divisional showdown–and one of the biggest, at that–when the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants renew their rivalry at AT&T Stadium in Dallas on Sunday night. New York scraped into the playoffs with a wild card before getting blown out by the Packers. The Cowboys earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs last season but promptly lost its opener to Green Bay.
Through the first 16 weeks of last season, the Cowboys had only two losses–both to the Giants. New York prevailed 20-19 on the road in Week 1 and 10-7 at home in Week 14. Aside from those two setbacks, Dallas was perfect all the way through December–boasting a 13-2 record until taking a meaningless loss to Philadelphia in the regular-season finale on Jan. 1 having already locked up the NFC’s top seed. In the Week 14 showdown, New York held Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott in check to the tune of a 17-for-37 performance with 165 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions.
“We know them,” guard Justin Pugh said, stating the obvious. “They know us. They’re definitely the team to beat. They won the division. We did beat them twice. So there’s definitely a lot of storylines in that, I guess you could say. We’re very familiar with them. So we’re just going to go out there and it’s going to be an NFC East game. It’s going to be grimy. It’s going to be gritty. It’s going to be tough. You’re going to feel like you were in a car accident after that game.”
The Cowboys will be playing without defensive ends David Irving and Randy Gregory in Week 1. In fact, they will be missing Irving for the first four games–sidelined due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Gregory is already done for the year because of suspension, stemming from seven violations of the substance-abuse policy. On the offensive side of the ball, running back Ezekiel Elliott is out six games amidst an ongoing investigation for domestic violence allegations. However, Elliott has appealed and there is a chance he could still suit up on Sunday–to this is a situation that must be monitored closely.
“I think the biggest thing is just having the mind-set of preparing him for Week 1 of the season,” head coach Jason Garrett said prior to his team’s preseason finale. “That’s the approach we’ve taken. He got a number of more reps in training camp than he did last year…. Anything beyond that we’ll take as it comes.”
The New York Giants are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on fieldturf
- 5-0 ATS in their last five games against Dallas
- 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games against Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys are:
- 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall
- 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against the NFC
- 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against the NFC East
The Giants seem to have the upper hand in this head-to-head matchup–even when they may not be the better of the two teams overall. With Dallas shorthanded, New York may be the better team right now, as well. Dallas New York is 6-1 ATS in its last seven on fieldturf, 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings between the two teams, and 6-2 ATS in its last eight trips to Dallas. The Cowboys are 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall, 1-6 ATS in their last seven against the NFC, 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the NFC West, and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 on fieldturf. Expect those trends to continue.
Pick: New York Giants +3.5
“He’s in treatment and doing his workouts,’’ Giants’ head coach Ben McAdoo said of Odell Beckham (ankle) last week. “We will see how he responds.’’ That was last update, but the bottom line is Beckham at least appears to have a chance of playing–a status better than what it looked like when he was injured during a preseason game. The over is 6-1 in New York’s last eight Week 1 contests. It is also 6-2 in the Cowboys’ last eight September outings. Additionally, the over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings between the two teams and 7-1 in the Giants’ last eight at home against Dallas. Look for this one to go over the total.