Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants (0-1) at Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 8:20 pm (AT&T Stadium)

The Line: Dallas Cowboys -3 -- Over/Under: 43 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys meet Sunday in NFL action at AT&T Stadium.

The New York Giants need a statement win over a division rival to prevent their fifth 0-2 start to a season in the last six years. The New York Giants have lost each of their last four road games. Eli Manning is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 224 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Manning has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard have combined for 159 receiving yards on 16 receptions while Saquon Barkley has two receptions. The New York Giants ground game is averaging 114 yards per contest, and Barkley leads the way with 106 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, New York is allowing 21 points and 472 yards per game. Janoris Jenkins leads the New York Giants with seven tackles, Kerry Wynn has 0.5 sacks and Eli Apple has two pass deflections.  

The Dallas Cowboys need a victory here in order to prevent their first 0-2 start since the 2010 NFL season. The Dallas Cowboys have lost five of their last seven home games. Dak Prescott is completing 65.5 percent of his passes for 170 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Prescott has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last four games. Cole Beasley and Deonte Thompson have combined for 100 receiving yards on 10 receptions while Allen Hurns has one reception. The Dallas Cowboys ground game is averaging 94 yards per contest, and Ezekiel Elliott leads the way with 69 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Dallas is allowing 16 points and 293 yards per game. Kavon Frazier leads the Dallas Cowboys with eight tackles, DeMarcus Lawrence has one sack and Sean Lee has one pass deflection.

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The Giants are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NFC and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games on fieldturf. The Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC East, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 7-2-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Giants are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Dallas Cowboys have been on the winning side in eight of the last 12 meetings against the New York Giants, so I guess there's reason to consider the Cowboys favorites here at home. However, I'm not impressed with the Cowboys and don't think Prescott has the goods to be the difference maker for an offense that lacks playmakers outside of Elliott. The New York Giants lost their opener, but they went toe-to-toe with the best defense in the league and had chances to win late. Against a questionable Dallas defense and playing indoors, the Giants should have much more consistent success. The Dallas Cowboys have failed to cover five of their last seven home games when favored by at least three points. I like the Giants to win this game outright, so I'm taking my free field goal. I'm just not high on the Cowboys at all.

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Randy’s Pick New York Giants +3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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