Giants vs. Cowboys Match Preview & Betting Odds 2018/19
September 13, 2018
The Giants looked like a better team with many of the same problems last week against the Jaguars. Eli Manning (23-37 for 224 yards and an interception) was not too productive despite the return of Odell Beckham Jr. Part of the reason was the same problem that plagued them last season.
The blocking was terrible.
Jacksonville’s defense practically lived in the backfield (two sacks, six quarterback pressures, and eight tackles for losses). While Saquon Barkley ended the day with 106 yards and a touchdown, 68 of it came on a single carry.
Luckily, Leonard Fournette was lost early to an injury, and Blake Bortles isn’t better than he is. This could have turned ugly.
But ugly is a more fitting description of the Dallas Cowboys offense against the Panthers. The ‘best o-line in football’ is no longer the best o-line in football. They couldn’t open holes for Ezekiel Elliot for most of the day, and Dak Prescott was sacked six times.
Dallas’s success is predicated off running the ball. If they can’t, then defense clamp down on the passing game and wait for Prescott to implode.
So—who’s going to win?
Dallas doesn’t have a defense nearly as good as Jacksonville’s. But they have a pretty good unit. The Cowboys defensive front is going to get a ton of pressure on Manning and make it very hard for him to get on track.
But Dak and Zeke will have a much easier time getting it together. So, take the Cowboys to win (-150) over the Giants (+130) and cover the spread (-3). Neither team can be trusted to score, so go with the under (42).