The Dallas Cowboys (1-1) head to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants (2-0) for "Monday Night Football."
Here is where the line currently stands for the division rivalry game at SI Sportsbook:
- Moneyline: Cowboys (-110) | Giants (-110)
- Spread: Giants -1.5 (+100) | Cowboys +1.5 (-118)
- Total: 39 Over (-110) | Under (-110)
The Cowboys have had some rough luck to start the season, losing Dak Prescott in the first game to a broken thumb and also likely losing Dalton Schultz to a PCL injury for at least one game. The Cowboys traded Amari Cooper in the offseason and Michael Gallup has been out while continuing his recovery from a torn ACL, leaving them with CeeDee Lamb as the clear alpha. Gallup is expected to return this week, though likely in a limited fashion, and Noah Brown will also need to step up for the Cowboys to have a shot to win this one. Cooper Rush stepped up in admirable fashion last week to lead the Cowboys to a 20-17 victory over the reigning AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.
The running back room for the Cowboys continues to be a tandem with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard, with Pollard commanding a 23.3 percent target share and 54 percent target per route run in Week 2. The Giants have allowed the seventh-most receiving yards and most receiving touchdowns to running backs, so look for Pollard to be heavily involved in this game plan.
The Cowboys' defense has been very strong, allowing an average of only 18 points per game, while logging eight sacks and allowing only a 35 percent conversion rate on third downs through the first two contests. They’ve allowed only 360 passing yards this season.
The Cowboys' offense has underwhelmed so far in 2022, averaging only 11.5 points per game – putting them behind only the Indianapolis Colts entering Week 3.
On the other side, the home team opens the season 2-0 under new head coach Brian Daboll, but can the Giants keep it up?
Offensively, Saquon Barkley has been the star of the show for New York. Barkley is rushing 20 times per game and is second only to Nick Chubb in rushing yards per game heading into Sunday’s games.
Daniel Jones has been a game manager, ranking 28th in pass attempts and 24th in yards per attempt this year. Sterling Shepard seems to have emerged as his No. 1 target.
Defensively the Giants have also gotten off to a good start. They have allowed an average of only 18 points per game and a league-leading 21.7 percent conversion rate on third down. They’ve allowed a total of only 395 passing yards this season.
Offensively, the Giants have scored an average of 20 points per game.
Both teams would do well to lead with their ground game on Monday. The Giants have allowed an average of 119.5 rushing yards per game, while the Cowboys have allowed 120.5. Both teams have the talent to run their team to a victory.
SI Sportsbook essentially has this game as a coin flip for a reason. Both QBs are game managers, both teams have a limited receiving corps, both have a strong pass defense, and both have a strong run game. The Cowboys may be able to sack Jones enough to get a small edge, but then again, Micah Parsons has been under the weather all week and Jayron Kearse is not playing on Monday night.
All things considered, I am simply going to take the team that gets the points, and that’s the Dallas Cowboys.
The Pick: Cowboys +1.5 (118)