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NFL Week 1 Line Movement: Giants vs. Cowboys

Week 1 Football Lines

The Dallas Cowboys split their six played games within the division last season. However, the only team they failed to tally a single victory against just so happened to be the New York Giants whom they’ll open their campaign against for a third straight season. Both meetings were extremely close with the G-Men winning each contest by an average of just two points per game. These teams are the favorites to win the NFC East, so another classic is likely to play out in NBC’s first installment of Sunday Night Football in 2017-18.

New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Date and Time: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
NFL Week 1 Opening Odds: Cowboys -3.5, O/U 48
Giants vs. Cowboys TV Coverage: NBC

The Giants pair of wins over their hated rivals moved them to 3-0 straight up and 2-0-1 against the spread in the last three skirmishes. Big D has failed to produce a pointspread cover against New York in the rivals’ last five overall meetings. Though both of last year’s confrontations combined for unders, the previous seven all played to high scorers.

The line for this game has been taken down due to the unknown availability of both Odell Beckham Jr. and Ezekiel Elliott. The latter will more than likely miss the contest due to suspension regardless of what the result of his appeal is, but OBJ is listed as questionable due to the sprained ankle suffered in the preseason against the Browns.

There are some 3.5s and 4s at some outs which shows very little movement form the 3.5-point opener. Should Beckham Jr. miss the contest, the line will likely move up just a bit in Big D’s favor. Early action on the total has seen it trickle down a half point to 47.5 from the 48-point opener. Only 56 percent of the tickets are support of a low scorer, so the number could head back up if the Giants offense is at full strength.

Why the Giants vs. Cowboys Odds Haven’t Changed

This rivalry has been about as even as it can get over the last three meetings. New York went into “Jerry World” and escaped with the 20-19 win and push as 1-point favorites in both team’s 2016-17 season opener. Dallas then fell 10-7 as 3.5-point road chalk in the Big Apple 13 weeks later. The final meeting of the 2015-16 season saw New York outscore the Cowboys 17-7 in the second half to pull out the come-from-behind 27-20 victory as 3 point favorites.

Points were far from easy for both squads to accumulate last season. New York combined for 576 total yards and 4 touchdowns, while Dallas went for 328 yards and two touchdowns. The defenses held the upper hand, and that once again looks like it will be the case with both returning above average units. That likely plays a role for the small downtick on the total along with the unknown availability of OBJ.

New York only managed to split its eight played road games last season ( 4-3-1 ATS ), but two of those wins came in divisional play with it toppling both the Cowboys and Redskins. After getting swept away from home the previous season and only managing a lone win the year before that, it looks like Ben McAdoo and his staff have instilled a winning mentality for when the G-Men are away from the comforts of home. Dallas counters that with a solid 7-1 showing at home from a year ago which included beating both the Redskins and Eagles in divisional play. Picking a side winner in this one will be tough enough with the team’s at full strength let alone down a few weapons.

Bottom line, this has been one of the more competitive division rivalries the last couple seasons, and it only makes sense that neither side has received much traction from the betting public at one of the top NFL sportsbooks. Linemakers would be remiss to move the line much so as to not open themselves up for a middle that could cripple the take from earlier in the day.