After the New York Giants dropped their fourth straight game with a 31-26 loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday and fell to 2-6 on the season, next Monday night’s matchup at MetLife Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys is predicted to be lopsided.
The Giants, per DraftKings Nation, are seven-and-a-half point underdogs to the 4-3 Cowboys.
New York was predicted to be seven-point underdogs to the Lions, the worst team in the NFC North, and they lost by five. Dallas, however, is in first place in the NFC East and the Giants are still predicted to be only a touchdown or so behind.
The closest spread heading into Week 9 is the matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are one-point underdogs in what is predicted to be a close game. Other tight spreads include the Houston Texans at the Jacksonville Jaguars (+2), the Cleveland Browns at the Denver Broncos (-1.5) and the Lions at the Oakland Raiders (-2). The largest spread heading into the week is Washington Redskins predicted to be 10.5-point underdogs to the Buffalo Bills.
The Cowboys are coming off of a by week and last played against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 20, defeating them 37-10. Dallas is ranked in the top 10 in most offensive categories heading into the matchup against the Giants. They average 27.1 points a game, which is good for sixth in the league. Their 437.9 total yards is first, 291.9 passing yards is ranked third and 146 rushing yards is fourth. As you might expect, the Giants rank worse in all categories, with an average of 19.8 points per game, 333.8 total yards, 231.4 passing yards and 102.4 rushing yards.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has 168 completions in 238 attempts for 2,123 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. Running back Ezekiel Elliott has 135 rushing attempts for 602 yards and six touchdowns. Wide receiver Amari Cooper leads the team with 38 receptions for 621 yards and five TD’s. On the defensive side of the ball, Jaylon Smith has recorded 56 tackles, including 37 solo, and two sacks.
When these two teams met in the first week of the season, the Cowboys defeated the Giants, 35-17. The Giants had 470 net yards compared to the Cowboys’ 494 in the game. New York out-rushed Dallas, 151-89 and the Cowboys overpowered the Giants in the passing game with 405 yards to their 319. Dallas scored five touchdowns in that game. New York scored two.
The Giants are looking to snap a four-game losing streak heading into the matchup.