Regardless of their respective records, it is always exciting when the Cowboys play the Giants. Sitting at 6-6 and 2-10 both Dallas and the G-Men know this season has not quite played out to their expectations. Still though, whenever these long-time rivals square off it is always exciting and a hotly contested match. This week 14 edition will be no different and is certainly not short on storylines either. New York pillaged their front office and coaching staff this week and re-installed Eli Manning as the rightful starting quarterback. In Dallas, Sean Lee is back for a hurting defense and with a .500 record, they realize it is virtually now or never if they are going to make an improbable run to a wild-card spot in this year’s playoffs.
This is a big game for both teams – believe it or not. Dallas is already in must-win mode, while the Giants likely see this clash as the start of a positive new era. Their next season begins this week, and you can bet they’d like to begin things with a more inspired effort in front of their home fans. It should be intriguing if nothing else, so read on below the odds for game analysis and a betting prediction for Dallas and New York.
Cowboys vs. Giants Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -3.5 (-110)
@ New York Giants +3.5 (-110)
Over 41 (-110)
Under 41 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Cowboys vs. Giants Pick:
The Giants will try to be better in this one – especially without Ben McAdoo coaching them anymore. So will Eli Manning, who likely needs to look good in his final few weeks in order to go somewhere else next season. All that said, it won’t be easy against a revamped Dallas team that is getting Sean Lee back from injury. Lee means everything to the Dallas stop unit. He is the heart and soul and brains of the operation, and getting him back basically props everybody else up. They also have a huge edge along the line of scrimmage with DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving likely being able to have their way with the New York offensive linemen.
Dallas does have secondary deficiencies, but I see Manning getting absolutely hounded in this contest, and he won’t have any time to hit receivers downfield. And finally – getting Lee back should also stifle and/or eliminate the New York running game altogether. This will force the Giants’ into one-dimensional play-calling and should make things very tough to move the chains on Sunday for New York.
Last week the Cowboys’ offensive line got back intact and looked pretty darn good against the Redskins. Alfred Morris had a solid outing and easily ran through the gaping holes that were created. Dak Prescott had time and space to operate, and everything looked much improved for the Cowboys’ attack. This week should be no different. While the Giants have been decent against the run, the Dallas offensive line should still create opportunities. And downfield, New York has nobody in their secondary. Prescott should be able to hit Dez Bryant and Jason Witten with regularity throughout this match-up, and get back to their high-flying ways.
Dallas is healthy once again and they sense an outside chance in a cluttered NFC playoff race. There is little room for error and they know that. Despite the sharp action and line changes throughout the week towards New York, this line has gotten to a place where I feel there is enough value in the Cowboys to make a wager. I doubt it gets to a field goal spread, but I feel confident enough in Dallas to lay the 3.5-points on the road.
PICK = Cowboys -3.5 (-110)