The Giants wrap up a disappointing campaign Sunday afternoon against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. There’s a good chance Manning won’t have his No. 1 receiver for the season finale, as Odell Beckham Jr. continues to nurse a quad injury.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
They might be well apart in the NFC East standings, but the Cowboys and Giants have both been terrific cover options late in the regular season. Dallas, which has already clinched the division title, is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games vs. NFC East opponents while covering in five of its past seven overall. The Giants have caught fire down the stretch, having gone 5-1-1 ATS in their past seven and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five against NFC foes.
The teams do diverge, however, when it comes to totals trends. The Cowboys have converted the under in 11 of their previous 13 games following a straight-up win, and are an incredible 22-6 to the under in their last 28 road games over the past 3+ seasons. The Giants are 13-6 to the under in their past 19 home games, but have exceeded the total in six of eight games following a loss. The teams have combined to go under in their previous five meetings.
The Cowboys have themselves yet another rushing champion. Barring something unforeseen happening, Ezekiel Elliott is on track to win his second NFL rushing title in three years. Elliott enters the week with 1,434 yards on the ground, 183 more than runner-up Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams. If Elliott does as expected and secures the rushing crown, it will mark Dallas’ third title in five years, and its seventh since 1990.
New York Giants
Gurley probably doesn’t have a shot at the title given that he’s dealing with a knee injury and will likely miss Week 17. But Giants rookie Saquon Barkley is still in the running – barely. Barkley is 236 yards behind Elliott heading into the season finale, but if Elliott sees limited action – and the Giants choose to give Barkley 40 carries in an otherwise meaningless game – he could join Elliott as rookie rushing champions. But you probably shouldn’t bet on it.