Who could have ever thought it would’ve come down to this for settling the woeful NFC East? Yes, this division was bad from the outset – but for both the Giants and Cowboys to have a shot at the playoffs with a combined 11-19 record, is simply astounding in a season full of oddities.
Dallas and New York enter Week 17 with a unique shot. Win this game, and you could qualify for next week’s playoffs and host a game, assuming the Washington Football Team loses on Sunday Night Football against the Eagles. Not too far-fetched, and still pretty crazy considering how big of a mess these teams have been for much of this season.
While messy, the Cowboys showed some gumption last week when taking on the Eagles, a game they soundly dominated in the second-half. Their defense hounded Jalen Hurts, and Andy Dalton turned in one of his best outings in many seasons. Another one of those performances could see Dallas improbably be in the playoffs.
For the G-Men, Daniel Jones returned to game action last week under centre, though didn’t look to be fully healthy. The young QB didn’t have the same mobility and it remains to be seen if he’ll be healthier this week to battle a banged-up Dallas defense.
Regardless of their record and current plight, it is always special when both the Giants and Cowboys have something on the line. Deserved or not, both franchises will be battling hard on Sunday for a shot at a post-season spot, and it should make for intriguing Week 17 action. Read on beneath the current odds for this match-up, as well as up-to-date team news and a betting prediction for this NFC East encounter.
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -2 (-115)
@ New York Giants +2 (-105)
Over 44.5 (-110)
Under 44.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants Pick:
While Dalton and the Cowboys’ offense likely enter Week 17 feeling really good about their performance last week, let’s not get carried away. The Eagles’ defense was a mess last week, riddled with injuries and ineffective players. Yes, Dallas did capitalize fully on this, but it’s going to be a different story this week vs. the G-Men, fighting for their playoff lives.
New York boasts a quietly excellent defensive line, and one that could easily bully Dallas at the line of scrimmage. Kyler Fackrell is slated to return for the Giants, and this should allow for them to apply all kinds of pressure to Dalton, forcing him into hurried situations, mistakes, and perhaps turnovers as well.
Dallas does have talented receivers if Dalton can get the ball off, but that remains unlikely given the fact that the Giants have a strong secondary with both James Bradberry and Logan Ryan locking up two of Dallas’ key receivers.
On the other side of the ball, an extra week of rest and recovery should have helped Daniel Jones get a bit healthier. He was labouring last week, though going up against the Ravens’ defense surely didn’t help matters either. This week, he’ll have a much easier go against a Dallas stop unit contending with key losses and injuries.
The key for New York will be giving Jones enough time to connect downfield. He has some talented pass-catchers at his disposal, but will need protection to hit them with accuracy. If his offensive line can give him enough protection, the Giants should find big success through the air.
The matchups and injury situation seem to be tilting the edge towards New York here, yet the Cowboys still remain favoured on the road. This is likely an overreaction to the second-half Dallas’ last time out vs. Philly, but it is still odd. New York is the better team heading into this crucial Week 17 contest, and the wrong team seems to be favoured. At a juicy underdog price, back the G-Men to secure the victory, before anxiously awaiting SNF to see their post-season fate depending on Washington’s performance.