After getting manhandled in their regular season opener, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will look to avoid the upset when they host Eli Manning and a revamped New York Giants team that is in the beginning stages of a new era under first-year head coach Pat Shurmur.

Now, with the longtime NFC East rivals set for battle on Sunday, let’s find out which one is offering the best betting value in this intriguing Week 2 pairing.

Game Information

🏈: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (Sunday Night Football)
⏰: Sun. Sep 16, 2018 8:20 PM
🏟️: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
📺: NBC
🎰: Dallas Cowboys -3 -105 | -150 | U 42 -110

New York Giants

The Giants showed up with a nice effort in their season-opening 20-15 loss against Jacksonville last weekend as Eli Manning passed for 224 yards with one interception and no touchdowns while rookie running back Saquon Barkley had a fantastic NFL debut with 106 rushing yards and an exciting 58-yard touchdown jaunt on 18 carries. Odell Beckham Jr. had 11 catches for 111 yards in his first game back following his season-ending ankle injury in 2017.

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“I’m encouraged just because I have seen the way we work and the men we have in this locker room,” Manning said. “The talent that we have and guys taking care of each other. Just encouraged by the whole situation. We can get things going and we can play at a high level. We will make it work.”

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas never had a chance of winning in their humbling 16-8 loss at Carolina in their regular season opener. The Cowboys allowed six sacks and only mustered up 232 yards of total offense in the loss. Quarterback Dak Prescott was limited to just 170 passing yards while star running back Ezekiel Elliott was held to a modest 69 yards on just 15 carries. The Panthers kept the Boys off the scoreboard for the game’s first three quarters and Dallas never threatened.

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“We get paid every week to come out and win football games and execute at a high level,” said Elliott, who was limited to 69 yards on 15 carries. “We didn’t have a lot of plays. We got behind. We have to start faster. That’s not Dallas Cowboys football. We can’t come out like that and lay an egg in the first half.”

Expert Pick and Prediction

I know the Cowboys are playing at home and that they really could use a win in this Week 2 matchup, but I don’t like the way they’re looking right now and I’m far more encouraged by what I saw out of the Giants last week.

The Cowboys look like they’re going to have some serious struggles passing the ball this season. When teams key in on running back Ezekiel Elliott and force the Cowboys to throw like Carolina did, then Dallas is in trouble – and it’s really not Dak Prescott’s fault. The retirement of future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten and divorce with former wide receiver Dez Bryant has left the Cowboys undermanned at the wide receiver position and until they address this issue, they’ll struggle against good defenses.

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New York looked solid to me on both sides of the ball against Jacksonville and I believe that Eli Manning and company will be able to put some points on the board in this Week 2 matchup against a Cowboys defense that has deficiencies.

The Giants are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a losing home record while the Cowboys have gone an uninspiring 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and identical 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against the Giants. I like Eli Manning and the Giants to cover the chalk by getting the outright win!

Predicted Score: Giants 28 Cowboys 24

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