NFL Week 3 Game Preview: Dallas Cowboys At New York Giants

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on September 25, 2022
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The Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 26 for Monday Night Football. Primary markets for the game show the Giants as spread favorites and on the moneyline. The point total is set at . Read on for a full analysis of Cowboys – Giants odds.

In this article, we break down everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team matchups, key metrics, weather and the best available NFL Week 3 odds. Click on the odds anywhere in this post to bet now.

Cowboys At Giants Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under

When using the odds table, click the dropdown menu and select the type of bet you wish to make. 

Betting the point spread is when you wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. A plus sign in front of the spread denotes the underdog, and a minus sign denotes the favorite.

In this case, the Giants would have to win by at least two points if you bet them to cover the point spread (-1) — a one-point win would push and you’d get your money back. A spread bet on the Cowboys would win if they win the game or tie. 

Betting the moneyline is simply betting on which particular team will win a game.

The betting total is the number of combined points the two teams will score. Bettors can choose to bet the over or under on how many total points will be scored in the game. 

Cowboys At Giants Player Props

In the props tool search bar, type in a team or player and hit enter. You’ll see the various proposition bets offered by leading online sportsbooks. 

This is a valuable tool that allows bettors to compare odds and stats when considering a prop bet. Unlike bigger markets like moneylines and spreads that often reach a consensus number, shopping for prop bet lines can often reveal sizable differences in the numbers.

Cowboys At Giants Betting News & Angles

Use this rolling, updating list of news bites about each team to help your handicapping for Cowboys – Giants odds.

Cowboys At Giants Injury Report

 PositionInjuryWedThuFriGame Status
Michael GallupWRKnee--FPFPQuestionable
Jayron KearseSKnee--DNPDNPQuestionable
Dalton SchultzTEKnee--DNPDNPQuestionable
Connor McGovernGAnkle--DNPDNPQuestionable
Micah ParsonsLBIllness--DNPDNPQuestionable
Dak PrescottQBThumb--DNPDNPOut
Jon FelicianoGShin--LPLPQuestionable
Azeez OjulariDECalf--LPLPQuestionable
Aaron RobinsonCBAppendix--DNPDNPQuestionable
Wan'Dale RobinsonWRKnee--DNPDNPQuestionable
Kadarius ToneyWRKnee--LPDNPQuestionable
Leonard WilliamsDEKnee--DNPDNPQuestionable
Kayvon ThibodeauxEDGEKnee--LPLPQuestionable

Additional Cowboys Injuries

Originally projected starter LT Tyron Smith remains out on IR.

Additional Giants Injuries

Originally projected starter G Shane Lemieux remains out on IR.

Cowboys Offense vs. Giants Defense

Cowboys OStats (Rank)Giants D
11.5 (31)Points/Gm18 (9)
0.187 (31)Points/Play0.316 (13)
290.5 (25)Yards/Gm317 (12)
201.5 (21)Pass Yards/Gm197.5 (10)
89 (23)Rush Yards/Gm119.5 (18)
4.7 (27)Yards/Play5.6 (16)
5.5 (27)Yards/Pass6.4 (13)
4 (22)Yards/Rush4.9 (23)
24 (31)3rd Down %21.74 (1)
100 (1)Red Zone TD %42.86 (9)
1 (10)Turnovers/Gm1.5 (10)
6.41 (20)QB Sacked %4.62 (23)

Giants Offense vs. Cowboys Defense

Giants OStats (Rank)Cowboys D
20 (15)Points/Gm18 (9)
0.313 (16)Points/Play0.279 (19)
329.5 (20)Yards/Gm300.5 (6)
159 (31)Pass Yards/Gm180 (6)
170.5 (5)Rush Yards/Gm120.5 (19)
5.1 (21)Yards/Play4.7 (6)
5.8 (26)Yards/Pass5.7 (6)
5.2 (4)Yards/Rush4.2 (12)
28.57 (24)3rd Down %35.48 (13)
50 (20)Red Zone TD %50 (10)
1 (10)Turnovers/Gm0.5 (23)
12.7 (30)QB Sacked %11.27 (2)

Cowboys At Giants betting insights

Why The Cowboys Can Cover The Spread

The Cowboys have a large mismatch with their pass rush — especially Micah Parsons — facing a poor offensive line, and further, a quarterback who has struggled with awareness of pressure. Daniel Jones has had issues with fumbling his whole career, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Dallas land a strip-sack or two. The 2-0 Giants are probably getting too much market credit for two games where they arguably got outplayed and should have lost.

Why The Giants Can Cover The Spread

Cooper Rush does not bring the same force to the Dallas offense as starting QB Dak Prescott. While he has had some success subbing in thus far, players tend to find their level over time, and Rush will eventually regress into the career backup he’s always been. The Giants offense should improve on a weekly basis with more reps under rising coach Brian Daboll, and Saquon Barkley has a pretty juicy matchup against a Dallas team that has allowed too many easy rushing yards the past couple of seasons.

Reasons To Bet The Over

Dallas ranks a surprising third in situation-neutral pace and the Giants rank 11th. That means plenty of plays and plenty of pace in a game with a rather low total. Rush has shown that he is capable of piloting the offense without embarrassing himself, leading the team to a pair of wins in his only two starts the past couple of years. He showed real chemistry with WR Noah Brown, and CeeDee Lamb performed better with him than he did with Prescott as well. Daboll is more than capable of finding weak points in a mediocre defense aside from Parsons.

Reasons To Bet The Under

Ultimately, these quarterbacks are both unlikely to damage the opposing defense with a big play. Dallas lacks deep threats on offense, and Rush ranks bottom 10 in success rate. Jones has been as dink-and-dunk as it gets with an average depth of target at 6 yards, bottom five in the NFL. Expect these teams to try to grind out five yards a time, which doesn’t make for an exciting scorefest in most cases.

Cowboys At Giants matchups to watch for

Giants Tackles vs. Micah Parsons

At 59%, Micah Parsons tops the NFL in pass rush win rate by a mile over second-place Von Miller (46%). After a rough rookie season, Giants LT Andrew Thomas has improved rapidly, but rookie Evan Neal looks like a target for Parsons on the other side. Keeping this terror away from the QB is always paramount but especially so with a fumble-prone signal-caller like Daniel Jones.

Giants Run Blocking Vs. Cowboys Run Defense

PFF has “awarded” the Giants with a 47.3 run-blocking grade, worst in the NFL. That’s a rather disappointing development since Saquon Barkley is capable of doing quite a bit of damage if given some space. The Cowboys got trucked by the Bucs in Week 1 but cleaned things up a bit in Week 2 against a Cincy OL off to a slow start. Which of these comparatively weak units can have a better day may determine whether the Giants offense gets any traction.

Cooper Rush Vs. Giants Blitz Packages

Giants DC Wink Martingale is known for his aggressive blitzing. True to form, the Giants rank third in the NFL in blitz rate at 42.3%. Almost any QB in a pro uniform can complete passes out of a clean pocket. What separates the best guys is their ability to perform despite defensive pressure, and that’s where a backup like Cooper Rush could find himself in trouble. How will he (and the Dallas staff) handle a steady dose of extra pass rushers in his face?

Final thoughts

Micah Parsons looks like he should have his way with this Giants line, and that makes for a dangerous prospect when Daniel Jones has had such struggles under pressure. By the same token, though, Cooper Rush will have to consistently beat a blitz coming at a relatively inexperienced and questionable offensive line. The Giants won two games they probably deserved to lose to open the season. Consequently, I found them overvalued early in the week at -3 against a Dallas team that has more talent and was -3 in the preseason look-ahead numbers. The market agreed and moved this line close to a pick, which seems about right.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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