Monday Night Football Preview

Cowboys at Giants

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A classic NFC East showdown is on tap for this Monday night as the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants. MNF betting odds had the Giants as -2.5 favorites this past Wednesday but the line was at Giants -1 on Friday afternoon. Below we will dish out a full betting preview of the Dallas Cowboys versus the New York Giants.

MNF odds and betting breakdown

Dallas Cowboys () at New York Giants () – 8:30 p.m. ET

The lookahead line for this contest had the Giants as -4 favorites but Big Blue was just a -2.5 favorite at most sportsbooks this past week. The cause for the initial narrowing was because of the Cowboys’ solid 20-17 win over the defending AFC champion Bengals.

The line for this game has had some interesting movement since it first opened at -4 for the home team. Despite Big Blue remaining undefeated in Week 2, bettors clearly took solace in Rush’s 235-yard performance against Cincinnati and began to pound the Cowboys as underdogs, which has served to whittle the number all the way down to its current figure of Giants .

Meanwhile, the projected total has also been shrinking since it was first released at 40.5. The number was progressively bet down over the course of this past week and is now at .

  • The Cowboys are 1-1 against the spread this season. They were an NFL-best 8-1 against the number on the road and 6-0 ATS in division games in 2021.
  • The Over is 0-2 in Dallas’ games this season. The Over was 3-6 in the Cowboys’ road games and 4-2 in division games in 2021.
  • The Giants are 2-0 against the spread this season, including 1-0 on the road. New York was 2-4 ATS in division games in 2021.
  • The Over is 0-2 in New York’s games this season including 0-1 on the road. The Over was also 3-3 in the Giants’ division games in 2021.

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Dallas vs. NY Giants game matchup

The game will mark the 121st meeting in a series the Cowboys lead by a 71-47-2 margin. Both teams are coming off respective second week victories. The Cowboys, playing their first full game without Dak Prescott (thumb) got a competent performance from backup Cooper Rush and clipped the defending AFC champion Bengals via a 50-yard field goal from Brett Maher as time expired. The Giants moved to 2-0 with a second consecutive close win, edging the Carolina Panthers by a 19-16 score.

The Cowboys’ short-term outlook looked exceedingly bleak following a 19-3 Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers, a game that saw them lose Prescott to a multi-week thumb injury. However, matters began looking up as soon as Prescott had surgery the following day and received a shorter recovery timetable than expected, and Rush kept the good vibes going with his rock-solid effort against the Bengals.

Nevertheless, the fifth-year pro could have a challenging task ahead of him Monday night. Not only will the Meadowlands crowd undoubtedly be vocal in support of their surprisingly undefeated team, but New York’s secondary will come in with some momentum after limiting the Panthers’ Baker Mayfield to 129 passing yards, a sub-50-percent completion rate and 4.2 yards per pass in Week 2. The G-Men’s secondary was a bit more giving to Ryan Tannehill in Week 1, however, and Michael Gallup (knee) appears to have a good chance of making his season debut, at least in a limited capacity, after practicing fully Thursday.

The good news for Rush is that he could have a solid chance of running a balanced offense. Big Blue’s front yielded 102 rushing yards on 15 carries to Christian McCaffrey in Week 2 after doing a solid job against Derrick Henry in the opener. Ezekiel Elliott averaged 5.2 yards in Week 1 against a typically tough Bucs defense, and although he squeezed out just 53 yards on 15 rushes in Week 2, Tony Pollard flashed versus Cincy with 43 yards on nine rushes and another 55 with four receptions. The Giants have given up a pair of receiving TDs to running backs in the early going and allowed 6.3 yards per rush overall last week, so opportunities could certainly be there for a Dallas offensive line that’s facilitated 4.55 adjusted line yards per carry a chance to clear some lanes.

On the other side, new Giants head coach Brian Daboll has seemingly worked wonders for the oft-maligned Daniel Jones in their first two regular-season games together. Jones is completing a career-best 70.9 percent of his passes and has put together an acceptable 3:1 TD:INT. What’s more, Jones has done it while working with an eclectic group of pass catchers that’s a direct byproduct of Daboll making good on his preseason promise to keep the competition brewing at virtually every roster spot each week.

That’s led to odd workloads such as Kenny Golladay’s two snaps in Week 2, but it’s also seen the likes of Richie James and David Sills step up with solid contributions. Jones could have a challenge on his hands in Week 3 irrespective of who’s running routes, however. New York’s offensive line has given up an NFL-high eight sacks through two games, a number that matches the amount Dallas’ defensive line has accrued, with six coming against Burrow in Week 2.

Saquon Barkley has looked rejuvenated over the first two games in Daboll’s system as well, leading to 236 rushing yards at 6.1 yards per carry. Most of that number is built on the back of an 18-164-2 line on the ground versus Tennessee in Week 1, but Barkley does appear to be more explosive now that he’s finally free of lower-body injuries. Dallas has yielded 120.5 rushing yards per game at an elevated 5.2 RB yards per carry through two games as well, which could lead to Barkley extending his hot start while helping to keep the Cowboys’ vaunted pass rush at bay.

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How to watch Monday Night Football

ESPN holds the rights to Monday Night Football and will cover 17 games from Week 1 through Week 17.

Games can be streamed on the go on ESPN’s website or WatchESPN app with a cable or satellite subscription. Streaming services such as Sling TV also carry ESPN in many of their subscription packages.

MNF betting tips

How to bet MNF like a sharp

Monday Night Football can be the most highly-anticipated game of any given week in the NFL throughout the season. The extra day of preparation, media coverage and overall hype brings more attention to every aspect of the game.

The extra day of rest can allow players to return from injury, but they may also be forcing themselves back to the field before they’re truly healthy due to the added attention on the game. Look at injury reports and have an idea of what kind of a role a star player will be able to handle.

The Monday Night spot can also create discrepancies in how much rest the two teams have had. Taking the most rested team (the one with the longest amount of time since its last game) can often be a good place to find some value at the sportsbooks, especially on the spread.

Never bet a game solely because it’s the final matchup of the week and is the best thing to watch on a Monday Night. Be ready to sit it out completely and wait for next week if there’s no value popping out at books.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Monday Night Football start?

The 2022 Monday Night Football slate starts on Monday, Sept. 12 with the Broncos facing the Seahawks in Seattle.

ESPN broadcast two Monday Night Football games in Week 1 for many years but that was not the case last season. This year, ESPN/ABC will feature a Monday night double-header, but it will take place in Week 2. On Monday, Sept. 19 the Tennessee Titans will play at the Buffalo Bills at 7:15 p.m. Eastern. That first game of the double-header will be broadcast on ESPN. ABC will broadcast the “nightcap” as the Minnesota Vikings play at the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that will start at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Every other MNF game from Week 3 through Week 17 of the 2022 season will begin at 8:15 p.m. Eastern.

How to stream Monday Night Football?

The ESPN website and WatchESPN app are the easiest options for those with cable or satellite subscriptions. Many streaming services such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and Hulu include ESPN in most of their plans.

What is the highest-scoring Monday Night Football game ever?

The Rams’ 54-51 victory over the Chiefs in Week 11 of the 2018 season was the highest-scoring MNF game of all time. The 105 combined points topped the 95 points scored by the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins in 1983.

Who are the MNF announcers?

ESPN and Monday Night Football went all out for 2022 and beyond as they swiped Joe Buck and Troy Aikman from FOX. Since NBC got the broadcast rights to Sunday Night Football back in 2006, MNF lost a bit of its luster as the primary showcase of the league’s “game of the week.”

The NFL clearly rewarded ESPN for going big this offseason, though, as it gets arguably the most anticipated game of the regular season right out of the gate. Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle in Week 1 will surely be one of the highest rated and most bet-on sporting events of the year.

Steve Levy, who was the play-by-play man for MNF for the past two years, will now be the “B-team” announcer for ESPN. He will be joined by Louis Riddick and Dan Orlovsky.

Who was the original Monday Night Football broadcast crew?

The original MNF broadcast crew on ABC in 1970 was made up of Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith. Many cycled through the crew before Al Michaels took over as play-by-play commentator from 1986 through 2005. His color analysts included Frank Gifford, Dan Dierdorf, Boomer Esiason, Dan Fouts, Dennis Miller and John Madden. Mike Tirico assumed play-by-play duties with Tony Kornheiser, Joe Theismann, Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya filling out the crew when ESPN took over the rights in 2006. Jon Gruden replaced Kornheiser in 2009 until he returned to the sidelines as head coach of the Raiders.