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Giants Vs Cowboys Spread

Giants Vs Cowboys Spread

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
TV: NBC
Spread: Dallas -3.5
Total: 47.5

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

What Is The Raiders Vs Titans Line?

What Is The Raiders Vs Titans Line?

Mariota and Titans Host Carr and Raiders in Week 1 Regular Season Opener of AFC Playoff Hopefuls

Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans will play host to Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders in an intriguing Week 1 matchup of legitimate AFC playoff hopefuls when they meet at Nissan Stadium on Sunday. The Titans and raiders will get started at 1:00 PM ET, with this matchup airing live on CBS.

Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans NFL Week 1 Betting Line & Final Score Prediction

Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: CBS
NFL Week 1 Line: Tennessee -2
Total: 51.5

Why Bet the Oakland Raiders Line At +2.5

Oakland went 0-4 in the preseason by losing to the Cardinals, Rams, Cowboys and Seahawks while never scoring more than 21 points in any playoff game. The Raiders went 12-4 last season but saw their playoff hopes take a big hit when Carr went down in Week 15 with a broken fibula. Oakland’s still young signal-caller was an MVP candidate last season after throwing for 3,937 yards with 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

“We just keep growing and the thing that I love about our team is no matter what’s going on, when we step out there or step in the weight room or the film room, we work our tails off,” Carr said. “We try to get every little note, we try to get every little thing out there on the field ironed out and cleaned up. As long as those things are happening, we can continue to grow. Now, 12 wins are not easy to do and I’d never make projections and things like that but, we always want to continue to grow in our process and what we’re trying to do.”

Oakland ranked a stellar seventh in scoring by putting up 26.0 points per game, but they were also uninspiring on defense in finishing 20th in points allowed (24.1 ppg). To address their needs, the Raiders drafted cornerback Gareon Conley and defensive back Obi Melifonwu while also adding tight end Jared Cook, running back Marshawn Lynch and wide receiver/kick returner Cordarelle Patterson.

Why Bet the Tennessee Titans Line At -2.5

Tennessee went 1-3 in the preseason while losing to the Jets, Bears, and Chiefs in Weeks 1, 3 and 4 while beating Carolina in Week 2.

The Titans went 9-7 last season while ranking 14th in scoring (23.8 ppg) and 16th in points allowed (23.6 ppg). To address their needs on both sides of the ball, Tennessee drafted gifted wide receiver Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick in the draft and athletic cornerback Adoree’ Jackson with the 18th overall pick.

Tennessee also signed veteran wide receiver Eric Decker, cornerback Logan Ryan, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams and safety Johnathan Cyprien in free agency. Now, Mariota is fired up about the upcoming campaign after breaking his fibula in Week 15 just like Derek Carr.

"This is probably the last benchmark. This is my thing. This is what I worked for all offseason to be prepared for," Mariota said. "I can’t wait. It’s been a long road. I look forward to being out there and having fun."

Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans NFL Week 1 Final Score Prediction

I’m going to say that the best pick for this Week 1 pairing is a simple pick for the Over, seeing as how both of these teams can score the ball, but enter the 2017 season needing improvements on the defensive side of the ball.

The Over is 6-1 in Oakland’s last seven games in the month of September and 8-3 in their last 11 games overall. The Over is also 7-3-1 in Tennessee’s last 11 home games and 9-4 in the Titans’ last 13 games overall. As far as the straight-up winner is concerned, I’m going to say Mariota and the Titans get the win in a contest that comes down to the final possession or two of the game.

Pick: Titans 31 – Raiders 28

What Is The Steelers Vs Browns Spread?

What Is The Steelers Vs Browns Spread?

Kizer, Revitalized Browns Look to Cover Spread at Home Against Roethlisberger and Steelers in AFC North Divisional Battle

DeShone Kizer and the revitalized Cleveland Browns will look to pull off the huge upset against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers when they square off in their Week 1 regular season opener and AFC North divisional battle on Sunday.

The longtime foes will throw down at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland at 1:00 PM ET with this contest airing live on CBS. Now, let’s find out if the Browns can cover the NFL Week 1 betting spread or pull off the outright upset.

NFL Week 1 Spread Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Cleveland Browns
When: Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
TV: CBS
Stream: CBS Sports
Spread: Pittsburgh -9
Total: 47

Why Bet the Pittsburgh Steelers Spread At -9

Pittsburgh went 3-1 in the preseason by beating the Giants, Falcons, and Panthers in Weeks 1, 2 and 4 while losing to Indianapolis in Week 3. Pittsburgh ranked an identical 10th in scoring (24.9 ppg) and points allowed (20.4 ppg) and are looking for nothing less than a Super Bowl appearance heading into the 2017 campaign.

To address their needs, the Steelers added defensive end Tyson Alualu, cornerback Coty Sensabaugh and wide receiver Justin Hunter in free agency while drafting linebacker T.J. Watt in the first round, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round, running back James Conner and cornerback Cameron Sutton, both in the third round. Pittsburgh parted ways with veteran linebacker Lawrence Timmons and running backs DeAngelo Williams and Karlos Williams.

Why Bet the Cleveland Browns Spread At +9

Cleveland went a perfect 4-0 in the preseason by beating the saints, Giants, Buccaneers and Bears and enter the 2017 regular season with some renewed hops after naming rookie DeShone Kizer their starting quarterback and adding gifted youngsters like defensive end Myles Garrett, safety Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku while adding veteran wideout Kenny Britt, center JC Tretter and guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency.

Cleveland parted ways with quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor among others. The Browns are looking for significant improvements on both sides of the ball after finishing 2016 ranked a dismal 31st in scoring (16.5 ppg) and equally discouraging 30th in points allowed (28.3 ppg).

NFL Week 1 Pick Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Cleveland Browns

The Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the Browns are just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games and a winless 0-10-1 ATS in their last 11 games against their AFC North division rivals.

Nevertheless, after seeing how the browns played inspired football in the preseason, I’m going with Cleveland and the nine points to at least cover the spread. DeShone Kizer is an athletic quarterback that is also pretty poised for such a young quarterback and I believe Cleveland’s series of smart offseason moves will be rewarded this coming season, starting with an ATS cover in their opener.

Pick: Cleveland +9