Cowboys vs. Giants odds: Sunday Night Football picks, predictions from legendary expert on 6-1 roll


A pair of longtime NFC East rivals will be seeking to jump-start their offenses and avoid 0-2 starts when the Cowboys play host to the Giants on Sunday Night Football. 

Dallas is coming off a 16-8 loss at Carolina, while New York will aim to rebound from a 20-15 home defeat to Jacksonville. The Cowboys dominated the Giants last year, sweeping two meetings by a combined 49-13. But there is optimism in the Meadowlands thanks to rookie running back Saquon Barkley, who totaled 128 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Sportsbooks list Dallas as a 3-point favorite, unchanged from the opening line, while the over-under for total points scored has dropped one to 42.5. Kickoff from AT&T Stadium is at 8:20 p.m. ET. 

Before you make any Cowboys vs. Giants picks, you need to hear what Hank “The Hammer” Goldberg says.

Hammer enjoyed a 17-year ESPN run in which he had only two losing seasons picking NFL games. Last year, he competed against 10 top handicappers in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s NFL Challenge and beat them all, finishing 50-29-6 against the spread.

Last week at SportsLine — where Goldberg now shares his strongest picks — Hammer crushed the books with a 6-1 mark, his only loss coming by a half-point. Anybody who has followed his picks has seen huge paydays.

Now Hammer has tapped into the inside sources he has spent years cultivating and spotted major line value in Giants-Cowboys.

Hammer knows bruising Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott loves facing the Giants. In his only appearance against them last year, Zeke exploded for 140 yards from scrimmage and Dallas owned the clock in a 19-3 laugher. Look for Jason Garrett to employ a similar approach Sunday night.

Dallas received good news Thursday when top pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence (groin) practiced fully, putting him on track for Sunday Night Football. Lawrence has 15½ sacks since the start of last season and took down Cam Newton last week.

But just because the Cowboys annihilated the Giants last year doesn’t mean they’ll cover a field goal at home.

Barkley could have a huge night against a Dallas defense that gave up 147 rushing yards in Carolina. And Odell Beckham (11 catches, 111 yards last week) will draw a ton of attention from the Dallas secondary, freeing up teammates like Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard to make big plays.

The Cowboys have covered only two of their past seven home games and they’ll be missing starting center Travis Frederick (illness) again Sunday.

We can tell you Hammer is leaning Under, but his much stronger play is against the spread, which he has made his name picking. He says one team has a critical flaw that determines the point-spread winner.

Who wins Giants-Cowboys? And what is the critical flaw one team can’t overcome? Visit SportsLine now to see Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg’s point-spread pick with analysis, all from the legendary handicapper coming off a 6-1 opening week.

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