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Cowboys vs. Giants predictions: Odds, total, player props, pick, trends, streaming for ‘Monday Night Football’

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The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will put the finishing touches in Week 3 of the NFL when these NFC East rivals face off on Monday Night Football. For the Giants, they have a chance to continue being one of the biggest surprises early in the season as a win could take them to a 3-0 lead under freshman head coach Brian Daball. Meanwhile, Dallas continues to chug and keep the ship afloat as quarterback Duck Prescott is sidelined with a thumb injury he suffered in Week 1. Instead, Cooper Rush will continue to start under the Cowboys’ center.

Here we will specifically look at the various betting angles that this game has to offer. Along with the spread and total, we’ll also look at the props of multiple players and present our picks for how we see this showdown unfold.

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All NFL odds through the bookmaker Caesars.

How to watch

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Date: Monday 26 September | Time: 8:15 pm ET
Location: MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford)
ESPN | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
To follow: CBS sports app
Chances: Giants -1, O/A 39.5

Line movement

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Dallas opened as a 3-point favorite back in the spring when the lines debuted, and by early September, that advantage had indeed increased to -4 for the Cowboys. However, due to an injury to Dak Prescott that kept him unavailable for that match, that line naturally shifted towards New York. The line initially switched to Giants -4 but has since reverted slightly towards Dallas with the Giants becoming a weak 1-point house favorite.

Choice: Cowboys +1. Yes, Dallas is without Prescott, but their defense needs to be able to deal enough damage so they don’t have to ask Cooper Rush to do too much in prime time. Last week against Cincinnati, Rush had a 95.5 passer rating and kept the ball away from the opposition. It was just an effective move that didn’t hit his team in the leg. If he can do it again, they can get past the New York team, who beat Tennessee and the Carolinas 2-0 by only four points on aggregate. Micah Parsons should have a great time attacking this O-line.

Key trend: The Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games.


When the starting quarterback is sidelined, the overall result often changes significantly. Such is the case with these NFC East rivals after the total first opened at 48. It has since fallen nearly 10 points to 39.5.

Choice: Up to 39.5 years. It’s always a little risky to lose with such a small total, but it’s like a game where both offenses can struggle to get into the 20s. Dallas pulled off the Bengals in Week 2, where they held off to 3.8 yards per game and 4.6 yards per pass, thanks in large part to their ability to hit the quarterback. We could see a similar result from them here against the Giants, who have not yet reached an over on their total this season. In fact, this season’s over is a total score of 0:4 for these teams.

Key trend: Under 5-1 in Cowboys’ last six road games.

cooper rush props

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Cooper Rush

DAL • QB • 10

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  • Passing touchdowns: 1.5 (Over +159, Under -224)
  • Passage yards: 207.5 (over -117, under -117)
  • Racing yards: 2.5 (over -123, under -111)
  • Passing attempts: 31.5 (over -121, under -113)
  • Passing the longest passage: 34.5 (Over -111, Under -123)
  • Completions: 19.5 (over -123, under -111)
  • Interceptions: 0.5 (Over -117, Under -117)

Rush’s only start last season was at Sunday Night Football and Dallas was able to take the win, so I don’t think there’s a question “Will Rush fight in prime time?” the story is over there. In that win over Minnesota, he backed down 40 times and completed 24 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.

Rush has overcome his passing yards in both starts of his career, and he will have another pass-catching weapon with wide receiver Michael Gallup, who will debut in this game in 2022. With that in mind, leaning over 207.5 passing yards seems like an easy job for Dallas’ understudy.

Daniel Jones props

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Daniel Jones

New York • QB • 8

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  • Passing touchdowns: 1.5 (Over +172, Under -224)
  • Passage yards: 198.5 (over -125, under -109)
  • Racing yards: 26.5 (over -115, under -119)
  • Passing attempts: 28.5 (-117, less than -117)
  • Passing the longest passage: 33.5 (over -117, under -117)
  • Completions: 17.5 (Over -148, Under +108)
  • Interceptions: 0.5 (Over -113, Under -121)

Jones is 1-4 in his career against Dallas and I expect the Cowboys’ pass rush to be breathed down his throat for most of the competition. With that kind of pressure, Jones could rush the shot and possibly get him into the arms of Cowboy, so betting over 0.5 steals here at -113. Jones has also failed to beat his current passing yardage total in four of his last five starts.

Player props for consideration

Ezekiel Elliott Total Yards: Over 58.5 (-115) The Giants are trailing 4.9 yards per ground carry this season and have so far seen the opposite feature exceed that total yards in each of their games. Elliott wasn’t particularly effective in Week 2 (averaging 3.5 yards per carry), but he has historically been resilient against the Giants, averaging 82.7 yards per game.

Saquon Barkley total moves: over 3.5 (+106). The logic here is that Daniel Jones could be forced to get the ball out quickly from Dallas’ rushing pass, which opens the door for Barkley to catch throws from the outfield. Because the Cowboys are resilient to escaping, the passing game could also be New York’s way of getting the ball into the hands of their most dynamic weapons.


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