As the Cowboys look to continue their good form against the Giants in NFL Week 12, let’s take a look at the odds and predictions for a difficult affair between two teams with identical records.
Cowboys vs Giants: The Lay of the Land
The Giants will visit the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, and with both of these NFC East teams standing on 7-3 records, there’s definitely plenty to play for in that event. As for Dallas, the boys in blue and white have not lost a home game since their opener against the Bucs and have also won five straight home games against New York. For their part, the Giants come into this game after a surprise loss to the struggling Detroit Lions. To make matters worse, they have lost 10 of their last 11 encounters with the Cowboys, including one in Week 3 when they were beaten 23-16 at home. With kickoff scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET at AT&T Stadium, this will be the first time the teams have met for Thanksgiving since the Cowboys defeated the Giants 30-3 in 1992.
Cowboys want to continue their winning streak
When Dallas and Minnesota met last Sunday, few expected the game to be so one-sided. Ultimately, the Cowboys orchestrated the Vikings’ second loss of the season, and they did it in a brutal manner with a 40-3 victory on the road. Tony Pollard had an outstanding game, leading the Cowboys with 80 yards on the ground and 109 yards through the air in rushing and receiving. Believe it or not, the 25-year-old running back has also clinched two touchdown passes, meaning it was only the fourth time since 1990 and the first time since Todd Gurley in 2017 that a player had rushed for at least 75 yards Rushing, 100, had yards receiving and two TD catches in a single game. To be clear, Pollard has led the league averaging 154.7 scrimmage yards per game since Week 8 and is level on points with Detroits Jamal Williams for most touchdowns in that span with six.
The Giants have what it takes to hit the streets
Despite their recent 31-18 loss to the Lions, the Giants have actually played well on the road. In fact, New York has won four of their five road games, including a massive 27-22 win over the Green Bay Packers in London in Week 5. As for their recent loss, it’s worth noting that quarterback Daniel Jones was actually a standout. The 25-year-old threw for 341 yards and a touchdown while rushing for a team-high 50 yards and a score. It was, in fact, the first 300-yard outing he’s had in 17 games, which bodes well for a QB who clearly has talent. Then there is also Saquon Barkley who is now within reach of a third 1,000-yard season at 953, finishing second in the league. The last time he faced the Cowboys in Week 3, Barkley ran 14 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. It goes without saying that he will be key to the Giants’ chances.
Cowboys vs Giants: The Odds
|Dallas Cowboys||New York Giants|
|points are distributed||-9.5 (-110)||+9.5 (-110)|
|Over/under totals||o45.5 (-110)||u45.5 (-110)|
Cowboys vs Giants: The Prediction
At this point in the season, both teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum, meaning the Cowboys are starting to find their rhythm while the Giants are frankly battered, injured and losing. Where Dallas is concerned it’s all about Pollard and Prescott, but it’s worth mentioning WR CeeDee Lamb, who threw a career-best 150 yards in the win against the Packers. Then of course there is the return of RB Ezekiel Elliott, who was sidelined with a knee problem. In case you forgot, there’s also Dallas’ brutal defense that just kept the Vikings’ offense to under 200 yards. Think about it.
As we mentioned earlier, the Giants are devastated at the moment. Beginner WR Wan’Dale Robinson, who posted 100 receiving yards last week is out with a cruciate ligament rupture while starting CB Adore Jackson is out with an MCL sprain. Then there’s the case of RB Saquon Barkely, who was red hot until recently. Last week, however, he could only manage 22 yards on 15 carries against the league’s worst defense. That being said, he’s only 48 carries away from his most in a season with seven games left, so we caught up and saw even more of his obvious talent. Last but not least, we have to consider the cross-country journey for the Giants, which will no doubt impact an already struggling team. With that being said, we leave with a Cowboys win at 28-9