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Giants at Cowboys, expert picks and predictions

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We know that your Big Blue View staff writers don’t think the New York Giants can beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The Giants are 7.5-point underdogs.

Pro Football Talk (Smith): Cowboys 30, Giants 20

I’m expecting a rough year for the Giants, who need to figure out the right succession plan to go from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones. The Cowboys should win this one comfortably.

CBS (Prisco): Cowboys 30, Giants 16

The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott back for this one, but does it matter? The Giants aren’t a good team, while the Cowboys have legitimate playoff hopes. The Cowboys will get the best of the Giants.

Pro Football Talk (Florio): Cowboys 30, Giants 20

The Cowboys had a good chance to win this one, even without Ezekiel Elliott in the fold. Now that he’s there, it’s 1-0 for the defending NFC East champs.

NFL (Rosenthal): Cowboys 26, Giants 20

There are few expectations for Big Blue this year, perhaps why this matchup is a late-afternoon game rather than the traditional Al and Cris Invitational. The Giants don’t have much of a pass rush, the linebackers can be blown off the ball and the secondary is uneven at best. Coach Pat Shurmur’s best chance at escaping Dallas with a win will be for Saquon Barkley to make an early statement. The 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year is the best back in the division, if not the league.

Sporting News (Haislop): Cowboys 24, Giants 17

One of two things will happen when the Cowboys host the Giants to start the season. Either the Cowboys will win with Ezekiel Elliott fresh off returning from his holdout, or the Cowboys will win without Elliott. If New York manages to upset Dallas — which, in all seriousness, is possible — it can be chalked up to “weird Week 1 division game.” The Cowboys are good enough to make a Super Bowl run this year. Unless Daniel Jones quickly takes the starting quarterback job from Eli Manning and proceeds with a Patrick Mahomes-like breakout, the Giants are not.

USA Today: Cowboys

All seven USA Today panelists pick the Cowboys to win.

Five Thirty Eight: Cowboys

FiveThirtyEight’s prediction data give the Giants only a 26 percent chance to win.