Monday Night Football will see two bitter divisional rivals square off in a big outing for both the Cowboys and the New York Giants. Dallas enters this week firmly focused on qualifying for the post-season, and though they have had a bit of a mid-season swoon, a 4-3 record still puts them within striking distance in the competitive NFC East.
For the Giants, this could be a swing game for their franchise. Even though they enter Week 9 with a 2-6 record, they have finally gotten some key pieces back on offense, and can do damage with their talented personnel at the skill positions. It’s definitely worth watching when New York has the football.
For all of the dud Monday Night games we have had to endure recently, a divisional showdown featuring Dallas and the Giants should produce some fireworks and intriguing football. Both teams possess high-level attacks, and both teams still think they’re battling for something greater than regular season games. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for some game analysis, and an official betting prediction for the Cowboys and Giants in this all-NFC East showdown under the Monday night lights.
Cowboys vs. Giants Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -7 (+100)
@ New York Giants +7 (-120)
Over 48 (-116)
Under 48 (-104)
Cowboys vs. Giants Pick:
These two teams met during the season opener, and the Cowboys absolutely steamrolled the lowly Giants, winning by a score of 35-17. However, the Giants were banged up coming out of their pre-season and were actually missing some key pieces on their defensive line. In Week 9, they will be healthier and Leonard Williams will be present for the G-Men, ready to get to Dak Prescott and disrupt his timing and rhythm on offense. Additionally, Williams has been a steadying presence in shutting down the run game of the opposition teams. That should help out massively on Monday night against Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys.
Dallas will still be able to move the ball through the air, as the Giants do not have the best secondary – although things will not come nearly as easy for Prescott as they did in the first meeting between these teams.
On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys last time saw Eli Manning at quarterback for the Giants, but that won’t be the case this week. Daniel Jones has taken over and pumped new life into the G-Men offense. They’ve been better in recent weeks and should be able to carry over that momentum on Monday night. Right now, the Cowboys aren’t getting much of anything within their pass rush, and this should allow Jones a fair bit of time and space to operate in the pocket. The Giants are nicely loaded with offensive threats through Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Evan Engram – and Jones should be able to connect with consistency on Monday.
Meanwhile, Saquon Barkley is back healthy for the Giants and should be ready to run all over Dallas. The Cowboys have been getting gashed on the ground in recent weeks, and Barkley is talented enough to replicate that positive yardage. He’s yet to have a monster game and this could be his first.
There are solid betting opportunities for this Monday night clash. I can’t envision either offense being stopped consistently, and I think the Over 48 represents excellent value. I also feel that the Giants will do enough to keep things tight throughout, and while they might not be able to pull off the home upset, them covering seems likely given their health and recent form. This is a more functional Giants team than the group in Week 1, and we agree with the sharps that New York +7 seems to be the right side in this match-up. Enjoy the bonus bets, and enjoy this Monday night clash!