The Cowboys looked like a powerful team the last time we saw them, beating the Eagles handily, 37-10. Prior to that, Dallas had dropped three straight games. With some of its key players returning and getting a very important win over their biggest divisional competition in the Eagles, it was a positive momentum shift in Big D. This team was flexing its muscle and looking like the 3-0 club we saw to begin the year. The bad news is all of that had to come to a screeching halt because of a bye week. A bye week can be great for a team in need of repair but detrimental in stopping a team that is on a roll.
The Cowboys return to action, off of the bye, under the Monday night lights, on the road, against a lesser opponent they have already beaten this season in the Giants. This will be a chance for a 2-6 Giants team to pull off a season-changing win, avenging a loss to a division rival in front of a national audience.
The look-ahead line on this game was Cowboys -9 and it was immediately bet down to 7 ¹/₂ and eventually 7. I made the line Cowboys -4 ¹/₂ , and we are now seeing 6s pop up in many Las Vegas sportsbooks.
The Dallas offense can be very effective and the Giants defensive secondary is definitely vulnerable. With so many of the offensive weapons returning to the lineup for the Giants, I believe they are capable of keeping pace with the Cowboys and staying within the number. Being at home and seeking division revenge also should play a small role in favor of the Giants.
The play: Giants, but only at +7 or more.
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