Week 2 SNF Capper Court: Nearly Unanimous on Giants Over Cowboys

Monday, September 3, 2018 6:37 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 3, 2018 6:37 PM UTC

Welcome to the "Capper Court," where five of SBR's NFL handicappers will provide their opinions on Thursday night and Sunday night NFL games. The majority rules! It's an NFC East showdown on SNF for Week 2.

New York Giants at Dallas CowboysSunday, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)Free Majority Pick: Giants +3 Opening LineBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Matthew Jordan:

The coach on the hottest seat in the NFL after Week 1? Unquestionably, the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett. He’s an offensive coach and his offense looked like crap Sunday in a 16-8 loss at Carolina. To be fair, the Panthers usually have one of the NFL’s better defenses, but Dallas managed just 232 yards and was 2-for-11 on third down. Dak Prescott clearly missed Dez Bryant (who had fun tweeting the Cowboys’ struggles) and Jason Witten, throwing for only 170 yards. Ezekiel Elliott got a scant 15 carries. Just a puzzling day all around on that side of the ball.

The Giants have a good one in rookie running back Saquon Barkley as he had a 68-yard TD run in a 20-15 home loss to Jacksonville. Unfortunately for Big Blue backers, the team doesn’t have a good one at quarterback in Eli Manning. He didn’t throw for a TD and his lone pick was returned for essentially the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Eli’s shot. The Cowboys swept the Giants last year, winning each by at least 16 points as the New York offense did squat. Don’t see why that would change much here as New York is 2-9 SU in its past 11 NFC East road games.

Swinging Johnson:

The Cowboys won and covered both meetings with the Giants last season, but times could be a-changin’. Despite the fact that both teams were shut down last week by outstanding defenses, at least the Giants demonstrated that two of their most potent offensive weapons, Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, are operating at peak efficiency. But unfortunately, Big Blue is stuck with a quarterback well past his prime in Eli Manning, yet the 37-year-old still managed to connect on 23-of-37 passes for 224 yards ... and a costly interception.

The Cowboys are hurting offensively without the services of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Although it is true both players had seen better days, Bryant is still viable and Witten, even in the sunset of his career, was better than many other tight ends in the league. The struggling Dallas offense made the Panthers’ defense look extraordinary. The bottom line is here is that I will take Manning, Barkley and OBJ over Prescott, Elliott and nobody. In addition, Dallas is 2-5 ATS over their last five home games when favored by at least a field goal. The oddsmakers have the wrong favorite in this one.

Doug Upstone:

For the New York Giants and Dallas, it is already about urgency. The loser will be 0-2 to start the season, and they will have to climb out of a hole. Each team struggled in the trenches on both sides of the ball last Sunday, unable to run with any consistency and largely pushed around on the defensive end. So who do you take in this confrontation of true adversaries? The G-Men and here is why: The Dallas offensive line is no longer a strength, stripping them of their identity. No defense this season has to go out of their way to game plan for the Cowboys' receivers.

Saquon Barkley is a star waiting to happen, though Ezekiel Elliott is his equal for now. But what about Odell Beckham Jr. under the Sunday night lights? Who stops him for the Cowboys? This will be about making big plays and Blue Blue makes more, going up against a Dallas crew that is 1-9 ATS in home games after scoring 14 points or less in their last game.

Kevin Stott:

It’s too hard to trust the Cowboys right now with so many crucial elements of their past Offense (Witten, Bryant) gone and the depth of the Offensive Line a potential problem putting pressure on Prescott, Elliott and the Rushing game. So the conventional wisdom now is, if you can stop the Dallas run game — which Carolina did very effectively in Week 1, limiting the Cowboys to just 94 yards Rushing, 128 yards Passing while racking up 6 Sacks — you can probably beat this downtrodden Dallas team that managed just one scoring drive 51 minutes into the game.

And with the Cowboys possessing just an average receiving corps and Manning and New York having Beckham Jr. and Shepard as targets at WR, another edge to the G-Men (5-2 ATS L7 vs DAL), who’ve played the Cowboys tough in Big D of late. And with Rookie Barkley (18/106/ TD vs JAX) adding another dimension on Offense, getting the team you want and 3 points seems more than fair in a game both need starting 0-1. NY is 15-11 ATS on SNF and 17-13 ATS as Underdogs, while Dallas is 12-10 ATS at Home and 13-13 ATS as Favorites in that Sunday night role


Dallas is laying chalk, but doesn’t field an offense that can score enough to cover the spread. It starts with the offensive line, which allowed six sacks in its season opener. Then, Dak Prescott clearly missed his former favorite targets Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. It surprises me that Prescott, the Rookie of the Year in 2016, still gets as much love as he does when he isn’t much of a threat without support around him.

The Giants’ offense is led by Eli Manning, who looked sharp in his opener against Jacksonville’s vaunted defense. Odell Beckham and Saquon Barkley are two weapons who are capable on every down of achieving a huge gain. The defense will keep the pressure on Prescott by limiting Elliott. The key to doing this is a defensive line that is deep and talented at defensive tackle with rising second-year star Dalvin Tomlinson and Damon Harrison.

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