The New York Giants enter Week 3 as an unlikely favorite in the betting odds against their NFC East archrival, the Dallas Cowboys.
The New York Giants are 2-0 for the first time since 2016. The G-Men didn’t register their second win of the season in 2021 until Week 10 of the campaign. And now, the Giants are perhaps the most unlikely favorites among the betting odds for Week 3 when they face their NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, on Monday Night Football.
The Giants are eyeing a 3-0 start, something the team hasn’t done since 2009, following its 19-16 victory over the Carolina Panthers in last week’s home opener. Dallas avoided an 0-2 start when backup quarterback Cooper Rush led to the team to a 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2.
Opening lines for NFL Week 3 action stabilize after Week 2’s dramatic reaction to the Week 1 results. Interestingly, the odds for this weekend’s games do not feature a single double-digit underdog. What’s more, there’s not a single favorite laying more than a touchdown early on.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this NFL Week 3 clash between the Giants and Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
Best Betting Odds for Giants vs Cowboys
The injury to Dak Prescott in Week 1 altered the look-ahead for this ballgame, and the opening line actually favored the Giants by 2.5 points. New York’s defensive success has buoyed the Giants odds in this matchup as well.
Early action with this ballgame seemed to move the opening line for this Week 3 game from three to one point in favor of the Giants. Dallas’ defense and recent results (9-1 versus the Giants over the last 10) pushed action toward the Cowboys. The total slimmed from 40 to 39.5 almost across the board, with fits the trend that sees six straight divisional home games for New York hit the Under.
NFL Week 3 Preview: New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys
Dallas heads to MetLife with one of the league’s top defenses, as they’ve held both Tampa Bay and Cincinnati to under 20 points. New York’s offense averages just 20 points per game through the first two weeks, too. That said, the Cowboys offense hasn’t been able to consistently score, and the Giants’ defense has been a strength early on.
The Cowboys come to Monday Night Football with the third most sacks in the league (eight). Linebacker Micah Parsons leads the league with four sacks heading into Week 3 action, and the Cowboys offense could get a boost since they’re expecting the return of receiver Michael Gallup. Dallas ranks 31st in the NFL with 11.5 points per game through two weeks.
Saquon Barkley leads in the league in rushing (236) for the Giants and looks to continue his solid start this season. He’s played well versus Dallas, registering 567 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in six career contests versus the Cowboys.
Daniel Jones enters this contest 4-0 with four touchdowns and no interceptions in his past four home games. The Giants expect the return of edge rusher Azeez Ojulari this week, and see rookie edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux trending in the right direction as well, but Leonard Williams remains questionable.
Betting Trends Affect Giants, Cowboys Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this grudge match between the Giants and Cowboys. Although New York’s started 2-0 against the spread this season, the team did not cover any of its previous six contests. The Giants enter this one 3-7 against the spread following an outright win.
The Cowboys come to this one having covered in four consecutive road games. Dallas enjoyed a 17-7 against the spread run over its last 24 games. They’ve dominated NFC East opponents of late, to the tune of a 20-7 ATS mark. That said, Dallas struggled to cover against teams with a winning record, posting just a 6-14 mark in their last 20 games versus above-.500 competition.
The Cowboys covered the spread in eight of the last 10 matchups between these clubs. The betting favorite is 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 meetings between the Giants and Cowboys.
The Under has hit in 21 of 31 NFL games so far this season and in six of seven primetime matchups. These teams have seen the Under hit in both games this season. And for the Giants, in 21 of their last 27 contests. The Under is 11-1 in New York’s last 12 games following an against the spread victory. Dallas, meanwhile, has seen the Under hit in four of their last five games overall, and five of their six road games.