Sunday Night Football this week will be a rivalry edition as two NFC East beasts square off to end off the day. The New York Giants will head to Texas to try and get their first win of the season, though it won’t be easy in Dallas. The Cowboys enter a motivated crew after a tough first outing of the season themselves to the Carolina Panthers.
Both of these squads know that there is an opening in the NFC East for as long as Carson Wentz is out in Philadelphia, and it’s important they take advantage. No matter how early on in the season, these divisional contests are always crucial – and both of these squads are gearing for a return to the post-season.
It’s always fun when these two teams meet as the Giants and Cowboys is one of the game’s top rivalries. As always, read on below for further match analysis and a betting prediction for the Giants vs. Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
Giants vs. Cowboys Betting Odds:
New York Giants +3 (-110)
@ Dallas Cowboys -3 (-110)
Over 42.5 (-110)
Under 42.5 (-110)
Giants vs. Cowboys Pick:
A couple of years ago the Cowboys had one of the best collection of offensive linemen ever assembled. Now, that unit seems to be a shell of their former selves. Travis Frederick remains out injured, while the replacements brought in have not done a good job of protecting Dak Prescott or creating holes consistently enough for Ezekiel Elliott.
That does not bode well once again against a pretty solid Giants’ front seven. As of this writing, it is unknown whether or not Olivier Vernon will suit up and play – but if he does Tyron Smith of the Cowboys will certainly have his hands full. The Giants can and will get after Prescott, and should be able to rattle him like the Panthers did last week.
Ezekiel Elliott remains a legitimate threat however, and you better believe he will want to put up big numbers against hot rookie Saquon Barkley in their first-ever meeting. Elliott should be able to run the ball on Sunday night, and is also a great pass-catcher out of the backfield. If Dallas is going to have any success and avoid a crushing pass rush – handing the ball off to Elliott will likely be the regular game-plan.
Dallas too has some key defensive playmakers, but in pales in comparison to what the Giants have available at their disposal. Evan Engram at tight end, paired with Barkley in the run game, and Odell Beckham Jr. at wideout is quite the trifecta of talent, and though the Cowboys can also bring significant pressure – they don’t have more than what the Giants saw last week vs. Jacksonville. If anything, expect Eli Manning to have more time and space in the pocket and if he can avoid making a big mistake – the points should come for the G-Men. Manning wasn’t at his best in Week 1, and I’m counting on a bounceback outing here in Week 2. The 37-year old is a gamer and there’s still life left in that arm.
The Giants’ offense has more playmakers than the Cowboys and can win this match-up in a variety of different ways. They can throw or run at you, and though Manning can be flawed at time – he’ll flourish against a pedestrian Dallas secondary. For the Cowboys, they’re a one-dimensional offense run through Ezekiel Elliott. Look for the Giants to simply stack the box and dare Prescott to target his mediocre receiving corps downfield against a stout New York secondary. This matchup leans to a Giants victory, and as long as Eli Manning can manage the game and avoid glaring errors – look for the G-Men to get the road victory.
PICK = Giants +3 (-110)