With Elliott Available, Cowboys Look to Hold down the Fort at Home Against Manning and G-Men
While his six-game suspension stopped by a Texas, the Dallas Cowboys will still have star running back Ezekiel Elliott on the field when they host Eli Manning and the New York Giants in their Week 1 regular season opener against their longtime NFC East division rivals.
While Elliott and starting quarterback Dak Prescott took the league by storm while leading the Dallas Cowboys to an eye-opening 13 wins last season, one thing the pair failed to accomplish was beating the Giants as they suffered a pair of losses against their longtime NFC East division rivals.
Now, as they get set for their 2017 regular season opener, Elliott and Prescott will look to get their first career victories against the Giants while starting off their 2017 campaign in style. Now, let’s find out which one of these Super Bowl 52 hopefuls is offering the best value!
New York Giants VS Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 1 Sunday Night Football Spread
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Spread: Dallas -3.5
Why Bet the New York Giants Spread At +3.5
New York went 2-2 in the preseason by beating the Jets and Patriots in Weeks 3 and 4 after losing to the Steelers and Browns in Weeks 1 and 2. More importantly, the G-Men were phenomenal defensively a year ago as they finished second in points allowed (17.8 ppg). Unfortunately, Manning and company struggled with consistency on offense in ranking a dismal 26th in scoring by averaging an uninspiring 19.4 points per game.
To address their needs on both sides of the ball, the Giants signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker in free agency and drafted tight end Evan Engram in the first round and defensive linemen Dalvin Tomlinson and Avery Moss in the second and fifth rounds respectively. The Giants rested Eli Manning this preseason as the two-time Super Bowl winning signal-caller did not play in the first or fourth preseason game.
“I think I got enough action over the last 14 years to be ready for the season,” Manning said after practice Monday.
“Whatever coach wants to do and thinks is best for me and the team I’m going to do,” he said. “In the first preseason game you might take six or seven snaps so it’s not going to make a difference in that upcoming season. You get enough reps in practice, enough reps in the second and third [preseason games], and obviously you have 13 other years of preseason and regular season.”
New York beat Dallas 20-19 in last year’s season opener and held the Cowboys to just seven points in a 10-7, Week 13 win at MetLife Stadium. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is questionable for this regular season opener after suffering a sprained ankle in the preseason.
Why Bet the Dallas Cowboys Spread At -3.5
The Cowboys went 3-1 this preseason by beating Arizona in the Hall of Fame game and Indianapolis and Washington in Weeks 2 and 3 respectively. The Cowboys lost to the Rams in Week 1.
Dallas ranked an identical fifth in scoring (26.3 ppg) and points allowed (19.1 ppg) in 2016 although their pass defense was an issue and appeared to still be one in the preseason.
“I mean, I’m ready,” Prescott said. “That’s all come from camp and just preparing. Obviously, it’s going to be good and it’ll be helpful to take more reps in this upcoming game, kind of get a whole half or whatever it is the coaches decide we get to get going and get into that game tempo, get that game conditioning. But mentally, I know this offense is and the team is physically, we’re ready to go.”
New York Giants VS Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 1 Pick
There’s no sense in beating around the bush. I like Eli Manning and the New York Giants to beat Dak Prescott and the Cowboys for the third straight time for a handful of reasons.
Manning and New York’s passing attack should have their fair share of success against a Dallas pass defense that still looks mediocre to me. Defensively, I believe New York’s stout defense can keep both Prescott and Elliott largely in check just like they did a year ago.
The Cowboys are an uninspiring 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against their NFC East division rivals and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. On the flip side of the coin, Manning and the G-Men have gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on FieldTurf while the underdog in this series is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
Pick: New York +3.5