The undefeated New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as they try to start 3-0 for the first time since 2009.
New York improved to 2-0 last Sunday by pulling out a 19-16 win over the Carolina Panthers. It was a defensive struggle — neither team reached 300 total yards on offense — but the Giants won the turnover battle and got a 56-yard field goal from Graham Gano with 3:34 remaining in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
Dallas (1-1) got its first win of the season on a 50-yard field goal from Brett Maher as time expired to hold off the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17. Quarterback Cooper Rush was solid in his second career start, throwing for 235 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys defense sacked Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow six times.
Caesars Sportsbook lists the Giants as a 1-point favorite with an over/under of 39.
Let’s take a closer look at the odds and trends:
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Time/TV: 8:15 p.m. Monday, ESPN
Point spread (from Caesars Sportsbook): Giants -1
Money line: Cowboys -105; Giants -115
Analysis: The Giants are probably the most unimpressive 2-0 team in the NFL, but they are limiting their mistakes and playing solid on defense. Quarterback Daniel Jones isn’t going to light up the scoreboard, but he is avoiding the big mistakes and making good decisions with the football.
With Dak Prescott out for a few more weeks, Dallas has to rely on its defense to continue to keep the scores low. Rush had some very good moments last Sunday and he was helped by a good game from running back Tony Pollard, who had a 46-yard reception to set up the Cowboys’ first touchdown.
This is going to be a defensive battle. FPI, the analytic system from ESPN, gives the Giants a 55% chance to win. Both teams should be expected to play field position in hopes of forcing a turnover or creating a big play on special teams to set up a short field.
Prediction: Giants 16, Cowboys 13
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