An NFC East rivalry game between two sides that both desperately need a win here as the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants. The Giants have looked like one of the worst teams in the league as they enter at 0-4, while the Cowboys haven't been able to stop anybody and sit at 1-3. Despite their own struggles, oddsmakers have Dallas as a multi-score favorite for this one.
Giants Start 0-4The Joe Judge era has gotten off to a disastrous start for the New York Giants, and that might actually be an understatement. After looking halfway decent while putting up a fight against the Steelers in their first game the team has completely collapsed, and they enter this one at 0-4. Star running back Saquon Barkley tore his ACL in their second game, telling you everything you need to know about how the season has been going. The real problem isn't with the ground game however, it's with young quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones has struggled mightily, entering with two touchdowns and five interceptions.
Fortunately, a date with this abysmal Cowboys secondary might be just what the doctor ordered. Dallas has incredibly given up at least 38 points in three straight games, and the back half of the defense has looked completely lost. Barkley and Sterling Shepard might be on the shelf, but Jones still has some nice weapons at his disposal with guys like Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, and Golden Tate. Looking at the other side of the ball, New York's defense quietly hasn't been that bad outside of one terrible game against the 49ers. They held the Bears to only 17 points, and the high-flying Rams to only 17 this past week. The offseason acquisition of James Bradberry has really helped the secondary, and they're giving up the fifth-fewest yards per game as a team.
Cowboys Struggling MightilyThe Dallas Cowboys do at least have one win, but things haven't been going all that much better for them. Mike McCarthy's tenure has started with a 1-3 record, and the defense has been absurdly poor. Their only win came by one point against a lifeless Falcons team, and it took a miraculous fourth quarter comeback just to achieve it. Dak Prescott has been putting up huge numbers, but Mike Nolan's defense is getting embarrassed on a weekly basis. The injury to linebacker Leighton Vander Esch in their opener has really been hurting them, and fellow linebacker Jaylon Smith has been lost at times.
The unit may improve as they get used to Nolan's scheme, but right now it's a mess and they have very little talent in the secondary after corner Byron Jones left in free agency. They're also dealing with significant injuries on the offensive line. Starting right tackle La'el Collins is done for the year, and center Joe Looney will miss this one after suffering a knee sprain in Week 4. Centers are responsible for communication along the offensive line, and the Cowboys will now be starting an unproven rookie, which could be a disaster. Prescott is putting up huge yardage numbers, but he's also been taking plenty of sacks and has five turnovers in his last two games. It's not like he's been perfect either.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a home favorite
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in Week 5.
- 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games
- 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games as a road underdog.