Cowboys vs. Giants: Week 17 NFL Betting Preview – January 3, 2021

Posted By Staff on December 29, 2020

The New York Giants (5-10) are  underdogs as they aim to halt their three-game losing streak in a matchup with the Dallas Cowboys (6-9) on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at MetLife Stadium. The contest has a point total of .

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of December 28, 2020, 2:41 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Betting the Total (Over/Under)

  • The points total average for Cowboys games this season is 55.1, 10.1 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
  • Giants games average 39.7 total points, 5.3 fewer than the total for this matchup.
  • Dallas and its opponents have combined to score more than 45 in 10 games (66.7% of matchups).
  • In three (20%) games this season, the Giants have combined with their opponents to go over 45 points.
  • This year’s combined scoring average for these two teams (42.2 points per game) is 2.8 fewer than the total for this contest.
  • The Giants are the league’s 31st-highest scoring team this season compared to the 16th-ranked Cowboys.
  • These two teams combine to yield 52.5 points per game, which is 7.5 greater than the total for this matchup.
  • New York has surrendered the 11th-fewest points in NFL play this season, while Dallas has given up the 30th-fewest.
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Cowboys Betting Insights

  • Dallas has put together a losing 5-10 record against the spread this season.
  • The Cowboys are just 1-4 ATS when favored by at least 2.5 points.
  • Most of Dallas’ games this year — nine out of 15 — have hit the over (60%).

Giants Betting Insights

  • New York has an 8-7 record against the spread.
  • The Giants have a losing ATS record of 0-1 when playing as at least 2.5-point underdogs.
  • Three of New York’s 15 games this year have gone over the point total (20% of its outings).

Cowboys vs Giants: Head to Head

Cowboys vs Giants: Last 3 Meetings
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Yards Result
10/11/2020 Cowboys Cowboys -7.50 51.50 -375 +310 402-300 DAL 37-34 DAL
11/4/2019 Cowboys Giants -6.5 48.5 -305 +265 429-271 DAL 37-18 DAL
9/8/2019 Cowboys Cowboys -7 44 -315 +265 494-470 DAL 35-17 DAL

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When the Cowboys Have the Ball

  • The Cowboys average points scored this season (25.1) and the Giants points allowed (22.5) are within 2.6 points of each other.
  • When they meet or go over their scoring average this season, Dallas is 6-2 and 4-4 against the spread.
  • New York is 5-4 overall and 6-3 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 22.5 points.
  • The Giants defense has surrendered an average of 352.1 yards per game so far this season, 24 yards fewer than the 376.1-yard average from the Cowboys offense.
  • On average, the Cowboys gain 5.5 yards per play and the Giants give up 5.5.
  • When the Dallas offense puts together a game with at least their 2020 average in yardage, they are 3-4 overall and 1-6 against the spread this season.
  • When the New York defense allows less than their season average for total yards, they are 5-3 against the spread and 4-4 overall.
  • The Giants defense has given up an average of 111.6 yards per game to opposing running games this season. That total is about the same as the rushing output per contest for the Cowboys (112).
  • In games where the Dallas rushing attack runs for at least their season average, the Cowboys are 4-3 overall and 3-4 against the spread.
  • This season, when the New York defense allows opponents to pick up less than 111.6 yards on the ground, they are 5-4 against the spread and 4-5 overall.
  • The Cowboys have turned the ball over 1.7 times per game this season, while the Giants have averaged 1.4 takeaways per contest.
  • When Dallas turns the football over 1.7 times or fewer this season, they are 4-3 overall and 4-3 against the spread.
  • New York’s record this season when they force more than 1.4 turnovers: 4-2 ATS, 4-2 overall

When the Giants Have the Ball

  • The Giants put up 12.9 fewer points per game (17.1) than the Cowboys allow (30).
  • New York is 5-2 against the spread and 4-3 overall when the team notches at least 17.1 points.
  • Dallas has a 4-4 record against the spread and a 6-2 record overall in games when it allows opponents to score 25.1 points or less.
  • The Giants average 92.6 fewer yards per game (297.2), than the Cowboys give up per contest (389.8). On average, the Giants gain 4.9 yards per play, while the Cowboys allow 5.9 per play.
  • Dallas has a 2-4 record ATS and a 3-3 record overall when holding its opponents to 389.8 yards or less.
  • The Giants rush for 109.5 yards per game, 51.6 fewer per game than the 161.1 the Cowboys allow per contest.
  • When New York rushes for at least 109.5 yards, it had a 5-2 ATS record and a 5-2 overall record.
  • Dallas is 5-5 against the spread and 6-4 overall when holding opponents to 161.1 rushing yards or less.
  • This year, the Giants turn the ball over 1.3 times per game, 0.1 fewer turnovers per game than the 1.4 the Cowboys force on average.
  • New York is 5-4 against the spread and 5-4 overall when it turns the ball over 1.3 or fewer times.
  • When it forces 1.4 or more turnovers, Dallas has a 4-1 record against the spread and a 4-1 record overall.

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Cowboys Players to Watch

  • Andy Dalton has thrown for 1,926 yards while completing 65.4% of his passes (187-of-286), with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games this year (175.1 yards per game).
  • Ezekiel Elliott has taken 230 carries for a team-leading 937 rushing yards (66.9 yards per game) while scoring five touchdowns. He’s also caught 49 passes for 319 yards (22.8 receiving yards per game) with two touchdowns through the air.
  • This year, Tony Pollard has run for 420 yards on 96 carries (28 ypg), with four rushing touchdowns.
  • Amari Cooper has reeled in 86 passes to lead the team with 1,073 yards while scoring five touchdowns. He has been targeted 121 times and averages 71.5 yards per game.
  • CeeDee Lamb has added 892 yards on 69 grabs with five touchdowns. He has been targeted 102 times and averages 59.5 receiving yards per game.
  • This season, Michael Gallup has caught 55 passes on 98 targets for 794 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 52.9 receiving yards per game.
  • Demarcus Lawrence has collected a team-leading 5.5 sacks, while adding 10 TFL and 54 tackles.
  • Jaylon Smith has racked up 145 tackles, five TFL, 1.5 sacks, and one interception so far this year.
  • Trevon Diggs has intercepted three passes to lead the team while adding 54 tackles, one TFL, one sack, and 12 passes defended in 11 games.

Giants Players to Watch

  • This year, Daniel Jones has put up 2,714 passing yards (208.8 yards per game) while going 263-for-423 (62.2% completion percentage) and throwing nine touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games. He has added 406 rushing yards on 56 carries with one touchdown, averaging 31.2 yards per game.
  • Wayne Gallman has churned out a team-high 617 rushing yards (44.1 yards per game) and scored six touchdowns in 14 games.
  • This season, Darius Slayton has 48 catches (on 93 targets) to lead the team with 729 yards (48.6 per game) with three touchdowns.
  • Evan Engram’s statline this year shows 61 catches for 637 yards and one touchdown. He averages 42.5 receiving yards per game and has been targeted 105 times.
  • Sterling Shepard has collected 544 yards on 58 passes with two touchdowns in 2020, averaging 49.5 yards per game on 80 targets in 11 contests.
  • Leonard Williams has collected a team-leading 8.5 sacks, while adding 11 TFL and 49 tackles.
  • So far this year, Blake Martinez has totaled 139 tackles, eight TFL, two sacks, and one interception.

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