Cowboys-Giants Betting Preview: G-Men Have Motivational Edge

Dec 30, 2018 08:05 AM EST
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Matthew Emmons, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Saquon Barkley, Jaylon Smith

Betting odds: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

  • Spread: Giants -6
  • Over/Under: 41
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: FOX

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Betting market: The Cowboys could be resting everyone and some people probably think they should, seeing as they can do nothing to improve their seed in the playoff picture. However, they haven’t said they’re going to … yet.

The majority bettors are unfazed by the uncertainty, as 55% of tickets are on the Cowboys at the time of writing. It’s tough to bet on the Giants winning by a touchdown when you have no confirmation about Dallas’s plans.

With more than 90% of the early money on the under, the total has dropped a couple points down to 41 since opening (see live betting data here). — Mark Gallant

Playoff picture: As Mark mentioned, the Cowboys have no incentive to care about this game. They’re locked into the No. 4 in the NFC and will likely host Seattle in the wild-card round. Scott T. Miller

Trends to know: Week 17 always creates quirky situations and in the Cowboys-Giants game, New York is favored by six points despite a 5-10 record.

In Eli Manning’s career, he is 18-11 against the spread (62.1%) when the G-Men are listed as the favorite in one of the last four games of the season.

Manning is the third-most profitable QB in our Bet Labs database in this spot, behind only Tom Brady and Matt Ryan. — Evan Abrams

Since 2003, teams with a losing record have gone 60-48-4 ATS when facing an opponent with a winning record in Week 17. Teams that are favored, like the Giants, have gone 12-5-1 ATS during that time. — John Ewing

Draft order: The Giants are currently in a tie with the Bills for the No. 7 overall draft pick. A win against Dallas could very well knock New York out of the top 10. Scott T. Miller