Dallas Cowboys (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS) vs. New York Giants (2-10 SU, 5-7 ATS)
NFL Week 14
Date/Time: Sunday, December 10th, 2017 1:00 PM EST
Where: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, NJ
by Keith, Expert Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: DAL -4.5/NYG +4.5
Over/Under Total: 41
The New York Giants will curate hosting duties at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to take on one of their most hated rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. The G-Men will be looking to notch a win in the NFC East clash to obtain their first divisional win this season. The two teams last met earlier this season in Big D and were routed by Americas Team 19-3 at AT&T Stadium. Previous to this, the Giants had won three consecutive contests between both parties. The activities are set to kick off at 1:00 PM EST and will be aired on FOX.
The storyline surrounding the Giants is two major narratives. First, the unprecedented and unexpected benching of franchise quarterback Eli Manning. The event sent ripples throughout the fan base and across America, as the move itself was characterized as nothing short of inappropriate. The benching of Manning ended a streak that Eli took pride in, most consecutive starts in franchise history. In spite of the roster move, the Giants fell at Oakland by a score of 24-17, resulting in the dismissal of Head Coach Ben McAdoo. Despite a nefarious track record on the year, the Giants own two impressive wins. The first came in Denver when the G-Men were a 13.5-point pup. The most recent came in the Meadowlands when the Giants shocked the Chiefs in overtime as a double-digit dog.
The Cowboys season has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. From the suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliot to the in-house controversies making its way to the front office, Dallas has had its fair share of troubles. Despite this, the Cowboys have muscled their way to a .500 record and have an opportunity to earn their seventh win to keep their post-season prospects alive. The Cowboys went to work on their arch rival on Thursday Night football when they hosted the hated Washington Redskins. The Cowboys would tar and feather the Skins by a score of 38-14.
With the firing of McAdoo and the Giants overall being subjected to some rather grisly losses in the previous few weeks, their stock is through the floor in this market. Whether it be against the Rams, Seahawks, or 49ers, the Giants have looked dead in the water in some of their previous contests. This team has had many misfortunes to start off their regular season campaign. Most notably, the injury bug biting each member of their receiving corps. Despite earning a possible top draft pick, the Giants are adamant in not tanking their season but rather trying to obtain as many wins as possible. That makes them a danger in this fixture.
From the get-go, we have noticed a lean on the Giants. This revealed by a 1.5-point line move downward from the opening bell. However, analytics indicate that all the action is on Dallas. The Cowboys have 71% of the cash and 85% of the tickets booked with them. 88% of the consensus like the Cowboys in this scenario as well. In Over/Under markets, the number has remained idle at 41 despite enormous action on the Over. An astounding 100% of the cash and tickets have been placed on the Over in this market.
As we have stated in previous analyses, no one wants a piece of the Giants at this point and we cant fault them for such a position. Especially when their coach has been fired and their roster is in shambles. However, teams like New York are often subjected to taking back loftier point spreads thanks to this narrative. The Giants are placed in favorable conditions for value as a result of that. The bottom line is this, the Giants have nothing to lose and everything to gain in this contest. Taking down an arch rival at home before an animated fan base is a great morale victory for a team that has endured a plethora of setbacks this season. Not only are the Giants in position to cover they are likely primed to orchestrate an upset outright of the Cowboys. Consider the Giants on the Money Line in addition to taking the points here.
Keith’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: NEW YORK GIANTS +4.5. Bet this game for FREE by taking advantage of a 50% bonus up to $250 at one of the web’s oldest and most trusted betting sites: BOVADA