Sunday Night Football Betting Preview

Cowboys at Giants

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Every week TheLines will dish out a betting preview for Sunday Night Football. Live SNF betting odds can be viewed below. Compare point spreads, moneylines, totals and props for each SNF game throughout the 2023 NFL season. The first Sunday Night game of the season will pit the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys opened as a -2 road favorite.

Cowboys versus Giants had an initial total of 47 points. Check out updated Sunday Night Football odds below.

SNF betting odds

Dallas Cowboys () at New York Giants () – 8:20 p.m. ET

NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants will kick off the Sunday night slate for the 2023 NFL season. The Giants (+2.5) opened as a home underdog despite making the playoffs last season with a 9-7-1 record. Dallas went 12-5.

Mike McCarthy’s crew did sweep the season series from the G-Men last year. Dallas won 23-16 over the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 26 and then won again on Thanksgiving in Arlington, 28-20.

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Cowboys vs. Giants betting news


The Cowboys are acquiring veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Texans in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick and a 2024 sixth-round pick, per sources, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.

Cooks led the Texans in receptions (57) and receiving yards (699) in 13 games played in 2022 while adding three touchdown scores. Cooks will be a big piece for a Cowboys offense that lacked a deep vertical threat during their foiled 2022 playoff run. 

Author: Jeffrey Schreiber

The Giants are finalizing a deal to acquire tight end Darren Waller from the Las Vegas Raiders, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday.

New York is sending Las Vegas the No. 100 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, initially acquired in the Kadarius Toney trade. Waller generated back-to-back 1,100-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020. However, injuries have derailed him over the past two years.

Author: Jeffrey Schreiber

Tony Pollard props on BetMGM for the Cowboys’ Divisional Round playoff game at San Francisco:

46.5 rushing yards (Over -120/Under -115)

Longest rush 12.5 yards (Over -120/Under -110)

18.5 receiving yards (Over -120/Under -110)

Anytime TD (+120)

Pollard has emerged as the Cowboys’ lead back this season, particularly in recent weeks. Although Ezekiel Elliott has still gotten the bulk of their red zone opportunities, Pollard has been much more effective with his touches. Pollard rushed for 77 yards on 15 carries in their Wild Card win at Tampa Bay, with Elliott rushing for just 27 yards on 13 carries. Pollard’s 5.2 yards per carry ranked seventh among all qualified running backs. San Francisco allowed just 79 total rush yards per game this season, best in the NFC, and Dallas could look to get creative with their most efficient and fastest back in Pollard. This was the second straight 1000+ yard season for Pollard, who also surpassed 1000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. 

Author: Simon Lehrer

Dak Prescott props for the Cowboys-49ers NFC Divisional Round matchup:

253.5 passing yards (Over -115/Under -115)

1.5 passing touchdowns (Over -115/Under -115)

Longest completion 37.5 yards (Over -110/Under -120)

0.5 interceptions (Over -145/Under +115)

Anytime TD (+750)

Prescott had his best game of the year when it mattered most, throwing for four touchdowns with a passer rating of 143.3, both season-highs, in the Cowboys’ Wild Card win over Tampa Bay. Prescott has surpassed 253.5 passing yards in eight of his last ten starts. He also snapped a streak of seven straight games with an interception last week, with the Cowboys not turning the ball over once in their rout of the Buccaneers. Prescott also scored a rushing touchdown in their playoff opener, although his rush TD prop still has good value this week, at +750. On the other side of the ball, San Francisco has the top-ranked defense in nearly every category, including defensive DVOA, expected points allowed, and opposition’s points per game.

Author: Simon Lehrer

Notable Daniel Jones props at FanDuel Sportsbook ahead of his Divisional round matchup with the Eagles:

218.5 passing yards: -114 over/-114 under
43.5 rushing yards: -114 over/-114 under
1.5 passing TDs: +164 over/-225 under

Jones put the Giants on his back last week with a career-best performance in his first playoff start. The matchup against the Eagles is expected to be more challenging. Philadelphia allowed the second-fewest passing yards to opposing quarterbacks during the regular season. Notably, the Eagles did allow the fourth-most quarterback rushing yards. Jones certainly can run and make plays with his legs.

Author: Jeffrey Schreiber

The Cowboys are a 3.5 point underdog heading into their Divisional playoff game with the 49ers. Dallas was eliminated by San Francisco last year on their home turf, so they will look to get some revenge this Sunday with the roles reversed and the 49ers playing host. San Francisco has the longest active winning streak in the NFL at 11 games, including last weekend’s Wild Card win over the Seahawks. They still have not lost a game since trading for Christian McCaffrey. The Cowboys opened up their postseason run with a dominant win over Tampa Bay. Dallas and San Francisco were the only two favorites to cover the spread during Wild Card Weekend.

The Over/Under is 46.5. San Francisco has the league’s best defense, according to nearly every metric including points allowed per game. Dallas is a close second in defensive DVOA and expected points allowed. These are the two strongest defensive units in the NFL, but they are also two of the best scoring offenses over the back half of the season. It should be a fascinating game, and the spread reflects that – 3.5 is the lowest projected margin of any Divisional Round playoff game. 

Author: Simon Lehrer

The Giants have a potential mismatch with their rushing attack against the Eagles in their Divisional Round matchup. New York presented the No. 8 rushing offense DVOA and the seventh-most yards per rush during the regular season. Philadelphia graded out as the No. 20 rushing defense DVOA while surrendering the ninth-most yards per rush in the league.

Saquon Barkley’s rushing yards prop is set at 69.5, with the best price for him to score an anytime TD on FanDuel Sportsbook (-105).

Author: Jeffrey Schreiber

The Giants will face their division rival Eagles as 7.5-point underdogs for their Divisional Round playoff matchup. The over/under is set at 48.5.

The Giants went into Minnesota and upset the Vikings with an impressive 31-23 win. New York played Philadelphia with all their starters back in week 14 and lost by a score of 48-22. This game could be much closer as Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is clicking on all cylinders while Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has clearly affected his play. 

Author: Jeffrey Schreiber

Cowboys inactives for their Wild Card game against the Buccaneers:

WR Jalen Tolbert

QB Will Grier

LB Jabril Cox

CB Nahshon Wright

CB Trayvon Mullen

DT Neville Gallimore

DT Quinton Bohanna

Author: Simon Lehrer

Notable CeeDee Lamb props on DraftKings Sportsbook for Wild Card Weekend against the Buccaneers:

73.5 receiving yards (Over -115/Under -115)
5.5 receptions (Over -150/Under +115)
Longest reception 24.5 yards (Over -115/Under -115)
Anytime TD (+135)

Lamb went over his projected receiving total in five of the Cowboys last seven games. He also scored three touchdowns over their final three games, and became the clear cut number one receiver in Dallas throughout the season. While Michael Gallup and Dalton Schultz are nice weapons for quarterback Dak Prescott, he will have to find Lamb early and often in order to have success in the postseason. Lamb had his worst game of the year, by far, in their Week 1 meeting, catching just 2 passes for 29 yards.

Author: Simon Lehrer
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Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants game matchup

The Giants were an NFL-best 14-5 against the spread last season. Dallas also fared well against the number as it went 11-8 ATS. New York went 8-10-1 when it came to betting the over on their games last season. The Cowboys were 9-10 when it came to betting the over on totals.

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How to watch Sunday Night Football

NBC will air all Sunday Night Football games. The Week 18 TV spot on Jan. 7, 2024 will remain open until much later in the season, as potential playoff battles will factor into the league’s flexible scheduling decisions.

Games are also streamed all season on NBC’s website and the NBCSports mobile apps. Most packages on streaming services such as fuboTV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue and Sling TV include NBC.

SNF betting tips

How to bet Sunday Night Football like a sharp

The hype and hoopla circulating Sunday Night Football can distract casual bettors. Analysts, reporters and local news crews have a full week to pump out every different angle to the game and dig for stories. Players can add to the mirage on social media whether by talking up their own team or taking too many shots at the opposition.

Learn to separate the hype from fact and don’t fall victim to live-betting out of boredom if the game ends up being a dud. Look at the lines early in the week to assess the odds before the public money starts pouring in and either bet on the numbers set by the books or sit and wait to see if the line shifts in your favor. Reassess later in the week and bet against the public if the line shifts too heavily based on nothing more than favoritism.

The standalone nature of the game also draws in more bets. The entire nation is focused on one single game, which, more often than not, is no bigger than the dozen or so games that preceded it that week. Never bet just to add to the excitement (or create excitement around a lackluster matchup) if wanting long-term success. Wait to see if the favorite falls behind early and then is given a high number as a sudden in-game underdog. Carefully browse through lines on prop bets, looking at different sportsbooks and pick the best value. Shop around and pick on a book that seems out of touch with the others. Don’t scoff at an easier play on the point spread in search of a big payday with a heavy underdog winning outright.

Sunday Night Football edges

Primetime games often see home teams too heavily favored. Do the research, keep up to date with injury news and look at the matchup in a vacuum to see if the odds check out. Don’t look too much at individual players returning to their hometown, being reported as having “extra motivation” or who may be close to statistical milestones. Few wide receivers, for example, can seriously impact a game on their own, especially when facing a top corner who’s fully aware of their motivation in the one-on-one matchup.

Look for teams and especially head coaches who thrive under the spotlight and more importantly the additional preparation time. The Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys receive more primetime slots than the average team. This experience provides an edge in certain matchups against teams who may be overwhelmed from added media attention and interview requests.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Sunday Night Football start?

Sunday Night Football kicks off every week from Sept. 10 through Jan. 7 at 8:20 p.m. Eastern. The ‘Football Night in America’ pregame show begins at 7 p.m. Eastern. NBC first started airing SNF for the 2006 season, taking over from ESPN.

How to stream Sunday Night Football?

Never miss a SNF game when you’re on the go with the NBCSports mobile apps. Cord-cutters can also use streaming services such as Hulu which includes NBC in most of its packages.

Who are the SNF announcers?

Booth announcers Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (color commentary) provide the broadcast each week. Field reporter Melissa Stark and rules expert Terry McAulay join in. Maria Taylor, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Chris Simms, Jac Collinsworth, Mike Florio and Matthew Berry make up the pregame show.

Who was the original Sunday Night Football broadcast crew?

Cris Collinsworth replaced legendary former head coach John Madden as the color commentator beside Michaels in 2009.

Who sings the Sunday Night Football theme song?

Country music star Carrie Underwood has been singing the SNF theme since 2013. She replaced fellow country star Faith Hill, who took over from pop star Pink after just one season in 2007. The current song is titled “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.” Previous versions were “Game On” and “Oh, Sunday Night.”