New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: Week 2 NFL Preview

By September 16, 2018 September 17th, 2018 articles

NFC East Rivals face off in primetime as the New York Giants (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) head to Arlington Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET. Las Vegas Odds has the Cowboys as 3.5-point favorites against the G-men with an over/under currently set at 42.5.

The Cowboys are coming off an uninspiring effort in a 16-8 loss against the Panthers. Against the Panthers, the offense couldn’t get anything going, finishing the day with only 232 total yards, albeit against a stout Panthers’ defense. Dallas’s two main stars on offense, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, finished 170 yards (passing) and 69 yards (rushing) respectively. The combination will have to play better for this team to realize their playoff aspirations.

Good news is that the defense played hard, and was very solid against a dangerous Panthers offense led by Cam Newton. If the Cowboys’ offense can get going, the defense looks strong enough to keep them in games this season.

The Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last six vs. NFC East opponents and are 2-5 ATS in their last five home games.

Of the two, the Giants were the more team Week 1 — but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a reason for concern. Last week against the Jaguars, quarterback Eli Manning didn’t look very sharp as he threw for 224 yards and 1 interception. Defensively the team played decent, but failed to get much pressure on Jaguars’ QB Blake Bortles.

The positives for the Giants revolve around two of their most important offensive stars. Rookie phenom Saquon Barkley rushed for 106 yards including a 68-yard touchdown. Star Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. also stepped up with 11 receptions for 111-yards. The Giants must be encouraged by the duo’s performance against maybe the best defense in all the NFL.

The bad news for the Giants is that the team has lost four straight road games and has a history of going 0-2 as the team has accomplished that in each of the last four seasons.

The Cowboys have won seven of the past 10 in the series.

Pick: Our expert Scott Matthews likes the Under 43.5 in this matchup.