New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys Pick: The NFC East once again looks like being the best Division in the NFL and all four teams involved will feel they can make the Play Offs at the end of the 2017 season. The two leading teams may be the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants in the East and two will play each other in Week 1 which feels like a yearly occurrence.
It may be a tale of two stars as the Cowboys can call upon Ezekiel Elliot after his suspension was subsequently suspended, while the Giants look set to miss Odell Beckham Jr after the Receiver was hurt in pre-season. OBJ looks to be losing his battle to be passed fit for Week 1 and that is a big loss for the New York Giants.
The mood won't be improved if Brandon Marshall is also limited in the opening game while there remains some doubts about the quality of the protection that will be given to Eli Manning. The veteran Quarter Back still has the goods to deliver on Sunday, but without the luxury of throwing to OBJ, it can be a much tougher day in the office for him.
However Manning may have more time in this game than he will in many others with the Dallas Cowboys Defensive unit still looking to find a consistent pass rushing threat up front. The Defense played much better than expected in 2016, but there are a number of personnel moves that have been made and it is a big ask for Dallas to be as effective as they were for much of last season.
The best way for Dallas to protect the Defensive unit may be to earn long drives through the Offense which was important for them last season. Dak Prescott is now the undisputed Quarter Back and Elliot being available is huge for the Cowboys as they face a revamped Giants Defensive unit that is expected to be amongst the best in the NFL.
You would expect Dallas can run the ball effectively in this one behind the Offensive Line they have put together, but the Giants will also feel confident about their chances of at least slowing down the Cowboys. There are other threats on the Dallas Offensive unit outside of Elliot with Dez Bryant always a danger, but this is a New York Defense that did play well against Dallas last season.
While the Cowboys averaged 26 points per game in 2016, they scored a combined 26 points in two games with the New York Giants and that makes this an appealing spread. New York have a 6-2 record against the spread in Dallas from their last eight visits, and the underdog is 4-1 against the spread in the last five games in this series.
It does feel like a game that may not feature as much scoring as anticipated and that also makes getting more than a Field Goal worth of points look the way to go. Even without Odell Beckham Jr, Eli Manning and the Offense should be able to score enough points to keep this close with the Defensive unit likely to step up for the Giants to give them every chance to win the game.
I am adding the two Monday Night Football Picks below.
New York Giants + 4 Points @ 1.95 Bet365 (2 Units)
New Orleans Saints + 3 Points @ 2.00 Bet365 (2 Units)
Los Angeles Chargers + 3 Points @ 1.91 Sky Bet (2 Units)