The Dallas Cowboys will attempt to put the NFC East on the ice this weekend. Up by three games with four to play, the Boys can clinch with a win and some help. Dallas is wrapping up a string of three straight road games with a trip to the New York Giants.
The Cowboys have won the first two on the road trip, while the Giants have lost two straight and are mired in last place in the East. Let’s take a look at the NFL odds and decide which way to lean at top sportsbooks.
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
Sunday, December 19, 2021-1:00 PM EST at MetLife Stadium
The Dallas Cowboys will attempt to put the NFC East on the ice this weekend. Up by three games with four to play, the Boys can clinch the division with a win and some help. Dallas is wrapping up a string of three straight road games with a trip to the Big Apple area to face the New York Giants.
The Cowboys have won the first two on their trip, at New Orleans and Washington. This is the second game of a five-game season-ending stretch for Dallas that includes four divisional games. The Giants, meanwhile, are mired in last place in the NFC East at 4-9.
They’ve lost the last two, to the Dolphins and Chargers, both by double digits, and have dropped three of their last four games. The Giants and Cowboys met in Dallas earlier this season, and the Cowboys won in a 44-20 rout.
While the Cowboys are winning and closing in on the division, there are some red flags in Big D. After jumping on the Washington Football Team last week and building a 24-0 lead, Dallas let its rivals back into the game, holding on to win, 27-20. Dak Prescott had a shaky day, completing just 22 of 39 passes for 211 yards. He also threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.
Like Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb have all battled injuries or illness in recent weeks, and the missed time and nagging problems have left the offense unsettled. Elliott managed just 45 yards on a sore knee last week.
Dallas would like nothing better than to use the game against the last-place Giants to get things back on track and clicking with the playoffs approaching. Elliott’s knee problem is made even more troubling with backup Tony Pollard also hurting. Pollard was inactive for the Washington game due to a foot injury.
The offense also suffered another blow when left tackle Tyron Smith hurt his ankle and left the game in the third quarter. It’s the same injury that caused him to miss three games earlier this year.
Tackle La’el Collins was also in doubt for the game after being ejected for throwing a punch last week. The team was waiting for word on if he’d be suspended, although NBC Sports reported on Tuesday that he would be able to play against the Giants.
Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson is also up in the air after testing positive for COVID. The team is holding out hope that he can pass two follow-up tests and get cleared to play.
Another Losing Season
With their ninth loss of the year last week, the Giants clinched their fifth losing season in a row. That leaves them without much to play for as Dallas comes to town.
The offense has been struggling with starting quarterback Daniel Jones missing the last two games. He’s likely to miss Sunday’s game against Dallas, as well, and could be out the rest of the year as he’s scheduled to meet with a spinal surgeon.
The defense also let New York down last week, allowing the Chargers to score seven of the 11 times they had the ball. Defensive end Leonard Williams left the game early with an elbow injury that could have him out for the rest of the year.
It’s rare that you see a road team favored by double-digits, but it’s hard to make a case that the home dog is a bargain even getting that many points. The Giants are down and playing out the string, while Dallas is motivated to get the offense ready for the playoffs. The line is that big for a reason and probably should be bigger. For our NFL pick, the Boys should win by at least two TDs.
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