2013 NBC Sunday Night Football Week 1 Odds & Total: Giants vs. Cowboys Print
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Sunday, 08 September 2013 13:30
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Giants vs. Cowboys Odds

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DALLAS, TX (The Spread) – The first NBC Sunday Night Football game of the new season has the Dallas Cowboys hosting the New York Giants at 8:30PM ET.

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The Giants went 9-7 last season but were just 7-9 against the spread and hit the under 11 times. Dallas was 8-8 overall while going only 6-10 against the spread. The Cowboys hit the over and under 8 times each last season.

Trends show that the road team has covered the spread in 5 of the last 6 in this series while New York has covered in 4 straight trips to Dallas. These two teams have also hit the over in 6 of their last 8 meetings

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Dallas is the favorite at home in this game, as the Cowboys have odds of -3.5 points against New York on Sunday night. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 50 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Dallas favored by 3 points. The spread hit a low of 2.5 before climbing up to Dallas -3.5. The over/under total opened at 49 points and actually fell back to 47.5 before changing course and holding at 50.

Dallas ranked sixth in the NFL last season in offensive yards per game, totaling 374.6 per contest. There aren’t many reasons why the Cowboys shouldn’t be near the top again. The team returns quarterback Tony Romo, who was just under 5,000 yards passing last season. He has plenty of targets to throw to, including Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. If running back DeMarco Murray can stay healthy, the offense has the complete package. Where Dallas needs to improve is on defense, as it gave up 25 points per game last year and had just seven interceptions as a team.

The Giants are coming off a disappointing season last year, which likely means it is due for a big year this time around. The Giants have some new pieces on both sides of the ball, but are still Eli Manning’s team. Manning threw for 3,948 yards and 26 touchdowns a year ago. This season, Manning has a younger, hungrier running back behind him as David Wilson will get the bulk of the carries in his second season with the team. The Giants weren’t awful defensively, but they did allow 383.4 yards per game a year ago, which was second-most in the NFL. Despite that, New York still kept teams off the scoreboards better than most and had 21 interceptions last season.

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In terms of Injuries, New York defensive end Damontre Moore is questionable with a shoulder injury and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable with a back injury. Dallas defensive end Anthony Spencer is doubtful with a knee injury.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing New York, as the Giants are getting 57% of the wagers with odds of +3.5 points at Dallas on Sunday night.

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