The New York Giants (2-0) will host the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) on Monday night as one of the great rivalries in the NFL continues. All-time, Dallas leads the series 71-47-2. The Cowboys swept the series last year winning 44-20 as a 7.5-point home favorite on October 2021, and the Cowboys won again 21-6 as an 11.5-point road favorite.
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Defense and Rush lead Cowboys to upset over BengalsThe Dallas Cowboys went 12-5 last season and lost to the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 at home in the wild-card round. The offense led the NFL with 407 yards total yards per game and 31.2 ppg, Defensively the Cowboys led the NFL in interceptions with 26 led by Trevon Diggs who had 11 of those. The Cowboys entered the season with a 10.5 over/under win total, but those expectations went down with a 19-3 Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay which included an injury that will sideline starting quarterback Dak Prescott until at least early October.
Backup QB Cooper Rush led the Cowboys to a 20-17 win over the Bengals last week as a seven-point home dog. Rush went 19 for 31 passing for 235 yards with one touchdown in the win. Dallas outgained the Bengals 337 to 254 in total yardage, and the teams had an even 19 first downs a piece. Tony Pollard rushed for 43 yards on nine carries, and Ezekiel Elliott added 53 yards on 15 attempts.|
The Dallas defense was all over Joe Burrow, recording six sacks for a loss of 34 yards. Micah Parsons and Dorance Armstrong led the team with two sacks and two tackles for loss a piece.
The Giants have a chance to get to 3-0The Giants went 4-13 last season, ending with six straight losses. The offense was 31st in total yards, passing yards, and scoring. The defense wasn't as bad, but far from good, ranking 23rd in points allowed and 21st in total yardage allowed.
New York is hoping that the nightmares of the season are behind them. They came into this season with an over/under win total of 7.5 and opened the Brain Daboll era with a 21-20 road win over Tennessee in Week 1 as a six-point dog led by a bold decision to go for two late, combined with a missed 47-yard field goal by Titans kicker Randy Bullock. The Giants carried that momentum into last week winning 19-16 as a one-point home dog.
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Full-Game Side Bet
If Dak Prescott were healthy, I believe that Dallas would be a four-point favorite here instead of a one-point dog. Even without Prescott, the Cowboys are not incompetent at QB. Cooper Rush broke into the NFL with Dallas in 2017 and has a lot of experience within the organization. Rush had a great primetime start last season against Minnesota, throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-16 Dallas win. Saquan Barkley is amazing, but the Giants' offense is one-dimensional primarily compared to the Cowboys, who have a more efficient balanced attack. The Cowboys have a ferocious turnover-forcing defense that will cause problems for Daniel Jones. I am rolling with the "boys" here.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Giants are averaging 20 ppg, with a run-dominated offense which will chew up the clock as long as the Cowboys eliminate huge plays from Barkley. I believe the Cowboy defense will be up for the challenge, led by one of the best defenders in the NFL in Micah Parsons. I except the Cowboys to force Daniel Jones to attempt to make plays throwing the ball downfield, and I don't see if being effective for the New York offense as the Cowboy are sixth in the NFL in fewest passing yards allowed. On the other side, the Cowboys' offense has not been explosive, averaging just 11.5 ppg, which is the second worst in the league. The Giants' defense has been solid as well, only allowing 18 ppg. I will take the under here, with Dallas winning 20-17.