We had two NFL games in the previous Monday Night Football, but this time around, on September 26, we have a divisional encounter in New York, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Cowboys vs. Giants betting pick and odds.
New York will try to maintain the perfect record when Dallas comes to MetLife Stadium. The Giants are 1-point favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 39 points. These NFC East rivals have met twice in 2021, and the Cowboys won both duels.
Maher earned a narrow win for the Cowboys against the Bengals
The Dallas Cowboys upset the bookmakers and the Cincinnati Bengals with a 20-17 home win despite being a 7-point underdog. The Cowboys did drop a 14-point lead at halftime as the visitors tied the game to 17-17, but kicker Brett Maher converted a 50-yard field goal attempt as time expired to earn a victory for the Cowboys.
Dallas collected 337 yards opposite Cincinnati’s 254 and surprisingly won without starting quarterback Dak Prescott, which deserves a lot of plaudits. Cooper Rush, who deputizes Prescott, completed 19 of 31 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. Noah Brown and CeeDee Lamb contributed 166 receiving yards on 12 receptions combined, while the former was on the receiving end for the lone passing TD. Ezekiel Elliott couldn’t get things going with 53 yards on 15 carries, while Tony Pollard scored a rushing touchdown. The defense was rock-solid with six sacks; Micah Parsons and Dorance Armstrong had two each.
Dak Prescott is out with a hand injury and will return in early October. G Connor McGovern (ankle) and S Jayron Kearse (knee) are also out for this game against the Giants, while LB Micah Parsons (illness) and TE Dalton Schultz (knee) are questionable to feature on Monday.
Giants squeezed past the Panthers
The New York Giants recorded another tight win to improve to a 2-0 record. Following a shocking W against Tennessee on the road, New York edged the Carolina Panthers 19-16 at home. It seems that new head coach Brian Daboll brought new energy to the team and taught the players how to win 50-50 games, which is something the Giants fans didn’t see for years. The offense was without a single turnover, while the defense forced two on the other end.
Graham Gano, who spent seven years with the Panthers, made all four field goal attempts, including the decisive one from 56 yards with 3:34 remaining. Daniel Jones completed 22 of 34 passes for 176 yards and a score. Saquon Barkley had 72 rushing yards on 21 carries as the Giants totaled 103 yards on the ground. Daniel Bellinger scored the lone passing TD from Jones, while Richie James led all the receivers with 51 yards on five catches. Julian Love added eight tackles (all solos) and a sack.
DE Azeez Ojulari (calf), DE Leonard Williams (knee), LB Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee), and CB Aaron Robinson (Appendix) are all questionable to face the Cowboys on MNF.
• 6-14 ATS in the last 20 vs. a team with a winning record
• 2-6 ATS in the previous eight games on the road vs. a team with a winning home record
• 4-1 ATS in the last five games after allowing less than 150 yards passing in their previous game
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants Pick
The Cowboys perhaps managed to defeat the Bengals, who are a shell of the team from last season, but it won’t be easy against rejuvenated Giants. New York’s defense has been solid, conceding only 36 points to Tennessee and Carolina in the opening two games, while the offense is talented and it looks better than Dallas’. If the Giants’ offensive line keeps Micah Parsons (if he plays) under control and provides protection for Dan Jones, the hosts’ chances for win will increase. I have been positively surprised with both defenses so far in the season, but on this occasion, I am backing New York’s offense.
Pick: Take the Giants at -1 (-110)
I expect to see a lot of rushing attempts from both rivals, especially the Cowboys, who are not very dangerous in the air now when Prescott is out. Zeke Elliott will see plenty of touches, which will of course change if the Giants get a big early lead. That is unlikely to happen as I expect a one-possession game, so we could see Elliott-Barkley battle on the field and 100+ rushing yards from both running backs. Under is 4-1 in the Cowboys’ last five games overall; Under is 8-2 in Dallas’ previous ten vs. NFC opponents, while Under is 19-7-1 in the Giants’ last 27 home games.
Pick: Go Under 40.5 points (-130)