Giants at Cowboys Betting Preview

Published on 10/06/2021
By Scott Gramling
New York running back Saquon Barkley
New York running back Saquon Barkley is finally starting to look healthy.
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New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday 10/10, 4:25 p.m. ET

Three things you need to know before betting on Giants-Cowboys:

1. No NFL team has a more drastic against-the-spread split between home and road games in recent years than New York. While the Giants have gone a dismal 7-20 straight-up and 6-20-1 against the spread at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium since the start of the 2018 season, they are 9-16 straight-up but 20-5 against the spread on the road during that same timeframe. That includes an 18-4 ATS record as a road underdog and an 18-2 ATS road mark when facing NFC opponents. The lone two ATS losses to NFC teams in that span came in the Giants’ first road game of both the 2018 and 2019 seasons, both of which were in Dallas. Since its 35-17 loss to the Cowboys as a 7-point road underdog in the 2019 season opener, New York has gone 13-0 ATS in conference road games.

2. Since their aforementioned road loss to the Cowboys in the 2019 season opener, the Giants have gone 6-6 straight-up and 9-3 against the spread in divisional games, which includes a 6-0 ATS record in divisional road games. New York lost 37-34 as a 7.5-point underdog at Dallas in the first 2020 meeting between the teams, then prevailed 23-19 as a 1.5-point home underdog over the Cowboys in the season finale.

3. Prior to their 36-28 victory as a 4.5-point home favorite over Carolina this past Sunday, the Cowboys had gone 2-6 straight-up and 1-7 against the spread over their previous eight October games dating back to the 2018 season. They are 4-5 straight-up and 3-6 against the spread in October home games since the start of 2017, with all but two of those games having gone Over the total. Dallas allowed 34 or more points in all six of its against-the-spread losses in October home games since the start of 2017.

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