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Giants vs. Cowboys NFL Week 1 Money Line Predictions

Giants vs. Cowboys NFL Week 1When: Sunday, September 11th 2016 at 4:25 PM ET
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Watch: FOX

TWO familiar foes begin the regular season in an NFC East showdown. Both of these teams struggled last season, as the New York Giants (6-10) were third in the division and the Dallas Cowboys (4-12) were last.

Expectations were high for Dallas during the pre-season, but QB Tony Romo is injured and is expected to be out until after the Cowboys week 7 bye. Rookie QB Dak Prescott will start.

NYG at DAL money line, point spread and over/under odds

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This game is a pick’em. The Giants are seeing about 65% of the bets to win, as sharps are putting their trust in Eli Manning. The over/under is split down the middle at the time of publishing.

Why the New York Giants will win

Tom Coughlin stepped down as head coach in January and Ben McAdoo will takeover. I believe a change was necessary and will help this veteran team. The Giants beefed up the defense by signing four veterans – those are DE Olivier Vernon, CB Janoris Jenkins, DT Damon Harrison and CB Leon Hall.

There were several key departures too, including CB Prince Amukarama and DE Robert Ayers. This year RB Rashad Jennings will become the workhorse back, as RB Andre Williams is gone.

Last year the Cowboys allowed 227.3 PYPG (5th) and 120.9 RYPG (22nd). The Giants would be wise to run the football early with Jennings and then surprise the Dallas defense with WR Odell Beckham Jr. deep downfield. The Cowboys defensive line is also weak due to suspensions and departures.

Why the Dallas Cowboys will win

Prescott was drafted in the 4th round of the NFL draft and he’ll start immediately. Mark Sanchez was just signed as an insurance policy, but the football is in the rookie’s hands. Can he lead the team to success?

WRs Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley will provide lots of help for the rookie. Bryant is now healthy and he has the potential to be the league’s leading receiver. Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot will also start for Dallas, making them one of the youngest offenses in the NFL.

The Giants allowed 298.9 PYPG (32nd) and 121.4 RYPG (24th) last season. Those are horrendous numbers and even a pair of talented rookies will find some success against this defense. If the rookies are poised and can avoid costly turnovers, the Cowboys will have a great chance to win at home.

Giants vs. Cowboys money line picks

This Dallas offense should be exciting, but I also expect them to turn it over with regularity. Prescott will make some big plays, but he’ll also throw interceptions. The Giants added some big men upfront on defense and they’ll be able to pressure Prescott into making mistakes this week.

The Cowboys have tons of question marks on defense as well. Suspensions are hurting them, as both Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence are both suspended. Manning was great last season and he’ll havea great cast of WRs, including Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard.

Cowboys vs. Giants head-to-head (H2H)

Since 2013, the Cowboys have dominated the Giants, going 5-1 overall. Dallas had won five in a row in the H2H series, but the Giants won the second game between these two last season. During this span, five of the games were decided by a TD or less and three games by a FG or less.

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Jennings has been given the keys to the backfield, but can he cope with the added workload? Dallas had one of the poorest run defenses last season and it won’t be improved this year either.

Bryant will likely see a lot of Rodgers-Cromartie this week. Prescott is going to be looking to the veteran often and the only way the Cowboys keep this game close is if Bryant hauls in two TD receptions.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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