(9/26/22) 8:15 PM Eastern.
Spread: Cowboys +1 / Giants -1
Moneyline: Cowboys -105 / Giants -115
Total: Over / Under 39
Monday Night Football features a match-up between NFC East division rivals. The Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants at primetime. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15p.m. eastern time at MetLife Stadium.
Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
Dak Prescott lost in week 1 and got hurt in the process. Then Cooper Rush came in week 2 and got a win. He played well, completing 61.3% of his passes while throwing for 235 yards and a score. CeeDee Lamb led the team with 11 targets, but it was Noah Brown who led the team in receiving yards with 91. Tony Pollard was the more effective running back, averaging 4.8 yards per carry to Zeke’s 3.5. He also reeled in 4 catches for 55 yards. Last season against the Giants the Cowboys rushed for a combined 326 yards in their 2 games. If they can replicate that success Cooper Rush should be able to remain efficient.
The Cowboys defense held Tom Brady’s Buccs to just 19 points in week 1 and showed out once again vs the Bengals. They gave up 17 points and allowed just 254 total yards. The Cowboys pass rush got home early and often; they racked up 6 sacks last week. Micah Parsons had 2 and so did Dorance Armstrong. They held Joe Mixon to just 57 yards rushing on 19 attempts. Dan Quinn in his second season as DC has this group playing at an elite level. Without their starting QB they came out and did exactly what needed to be done.
New York Giants (2-0)
The Giants are 2-0 to start the season for the first time since 2007. First year HC Brian Daboll is the talk of NY, Saquon Barkley is back and healthy, and Daniel Jones is playing well despite being the most pressured QB in all of football. They’ve done just enough on offense to win games. Saquon has 236 yards rushing on just 39 attempts (6.1 YPC). He also has 9 receptions for 46 yards. It’s been a revolving door at WR, Daboll is waiting for someone to seize the job. Unfortunately for Daniel Jones, Kadrius Toney has been battling injuries and is ruled out. He’s the most explosive WR on the roster. Last week Sterling Shepard led the team with 10 targets. Big money FA acquisition Kenny Golladay has expressed frustration with his playing time and is likely to see more playing time tonight.
New defensive coordinator Don Martindale has this Giants defense playing well. They gave up just 20 points to Tennessee in week 1 and then held Carolina to 16. 3rd year Safety Xavier McKinney has been a chess piece for Martindale, playing all over the field. They could use better defensive line play, they have just 3 sacks on the young season, and none have come from the D-Line. Leonard Williams being lost to injury will make it that much more difficult. Former first round pick Dexter Lawrence will be asked to step up in his absence, he’s never lived up to his draft status. The Panthers did have success running the football, going for 146 yards on 23 carries.
Tony Pollard Over 37.5 rushing yards. The Cowboys have had success running against the Giants, in 2 games against them last year they combined for 326 rushing yards. Tony Pollard had 75 rushing yards in the first meeting and then 74 rushing yards in the second. Just last week Pollard outperformed Zeke once again, averaging 4.8 yards per carry to Zeke’s 3.5. The Giants best defensive lineman Leonard Williams isn’t playing tonight either. Part of the reason why Christian McCaffrey ran for 102 yards on only 15 carries (6.8 YPC) just last week. With their back-up QB in and a friendly rushing match-up, expect plenty of opportunities for the more explosive Tony Pollard.