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Cowboys-Giants Betting Odds: Line Movement Suggests Key Players Will Rest

Dec 26, 2018 10:01 AM EST

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Dak Prescott

  • Sunday's Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game (1 p.m. ET, FOX) opened at Giants -3 on Tuesday morning, but moved to New York -7 within one hour.
  • The Cowboys haven't confirmed they will rest key players, but neither Dallas or New York will be playing for anything meaningful.
  • Ezekiel Elliott took to Twitter to announce that the Cowboys aren't taking Week 17 off, but this line suggests otherwise.

On Christmas morn, whilst most folks were opening what Santa had left, the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants line opened. And then it moved … a lot.

Last week’s lookahead line of Giants -2.5 already cast a bit of doubt on the Cowboys’ effort in Week 17, which won’t matter as it turns out. They have already clinched the NFC East and cannot do better than the 4-seed.

Tuesday at 10:17 a.m. ET, the Giants opened at -3. By 10:41, the G-Men had moved to -7. So Dallas is definitely resting everyone, right? Well, don’t tell that to Ezekiel Elliott.

Zeke makes it sound like the Cowboys won’t be resting, but the books are preparing as if they will. Who do we trust?

The Giants, on the other hand, obviously have nothing to gain and would probably prefer losing to get a better draft pick. They’ve already announced Eli Manning will start, but not much is known other than that.

He could start and hand the ball over to Kyle Lauletta or Alex Tanney at some point in the game, which would probably be a wise thing to do.

The line has since fallen to NYG -6 across the market, but if the Cowboys plan on playing this one hard like Elliott believes they will, then we are in for some serious line movement toward Dallas in the near future.

Dak Prescott would be the most valuable of the Cowboys, coming in at about 3-4 points to the spread. Elliott may be worth up to a point, but no other individual players will move the spread on their own.

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