NFL Betting – Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants MNF

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The NFC East has been the wackiest division in football over the past several years, and the 2019 season is shaping up to have more of the same. The Dallas Cowboys are in first-place, but believe it or not the New York Giants can actually make it a three-team race along with Philadelphia if they are able to pull off the upset at home. That would require Daniel Jones to deliver a victory, something the rookie hasn’t done in the last four games when the Giants averaged less than 18 points per game. The Boys opened as a 7-point road favorite on the NFL betting line for the Week 9 Monday Night Football contest.

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Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Opening NFL Odds: Dallas -7, O/U 47

Cowboys at Giants TV Coverage: ESPN

Odds Analysis

The line opened at Dallas -7 and hasn’t budged. With two very public teams that tells me most bettors are taking a wait and see approach. It might be hard to get any info from the season opener when the Cowboys won 35-17 at home covering the 7-point line. That was the beginning of the end of the Eli Manning era in the Meadowlands. Manning was replaced by Jones following a Week 2 loss and the rookie will make his first start against Dallas. If the line holds it will be just the second time since 2011 that the Cowboys are a touchdown road favorite. They lost outright just last month in the same building falling to the Jets 24-22 as a 7-point favorite. While there’s been no movement on the line so far, the total has bounced around getting to 48.5 before settling back down to its current 47.5.

Dallas Cowboys

Does the bye ever come at a bad time? It was the perfect spot for the Cowboys who used the additional down time to get a number of players healthy and ready for the remainder of the season. Just before the off week the Cowboys routed the Eagles at home, 37-10, to stop a three-game SU and ATS slide. And the Boys have had decent results in the first game after a bye going 4-2 SU in their last six with two of those victories on the road against the Giants. They are also 10-4 ATS in their last 14 following a bye.

The Philadelphia game was a big one for Ezekiel Elliott, who ran for 111 yards on 22 carries. “I think I’ve gotten into a groove,” Elliott said during the bye. “That last game was the best I felt this season, so build on top of that and keep that thing going.” Zeke is hoping to pad his numbers against a Giants run defense that ranks 22nd in the NFL allowing over 122 yards per game.

Getting bodies back in the lineup certainly helped in the win over Philly. Bookend tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins helped up front and Amari Cooper had five catches for 106 yards on a bum ankle. Given time for treatment and rest, the entire offense should be ready to pounce on a weakened Giants D.

New York Giants

The Jones era got off to a nice start with a pair of wins before reality set in. After beating Washington in Week 4 to even their record at 2-2, the G-Men haven’t won since. A combination of a sputtering offense and weak defense can do that to teams. The good news is that Jones had one of his best games last week throwing for 322 yards and four touchdowns. He rewarded backers with a late scoring pass for a backdoor cover in the 31-26 loss to Detroit.

The Giants are hopeful Saquon Barkley has recovered from an ankle injury that limited him the past few weeks. Since returning to the lineup after missing three games, Barkley is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. Overall the Giants rank 24th in total offense and with less than 20 points per game they are 22nd in the NFL.

The offense has struggled, but not nearly as bad as the guys on the other side of the football. Matthew Stafford chewed up the secondary for 342 yards and three scores last week. They give up over 27 points per game and rank 28th in total defense at 386.8 yards per outing. Prescott riddled the Giants for 405 yards and four touchdowns in the Boys’ 35-17 opening night win and New York hasn’t done much to improve in that area.

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Both clubs are beset with injuries but the Cowboys appear to be in better shape and they’re coming off a bye, so that should give them an advantage. Six of the last seven games played between the teams in New Jersey have been decided by a touchdown or less with four of them having a margin of three points or less. The Boys ran away with the first meeting but I do expect a stronger effort from the Giants and I’ll take the points in a Cowboys victory.

NFL Score Prediction: Dallas 24, New York 20

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