The New York Giants have started the season in perfect fashion with two victories and they will be hoping to extend that run in Monday’s NFC East clash against the Dallas Cowboys, who have had the bragging rights in this fixture for some time (Giants 20/23, Cowboys 20/21 – Money Line).
Having failed to reach the postseason in the last five years it’s fair to say not a lot was expected from the Giants this season, especially given the fact they brought in rookie head coach Brian Daboll.
The 47-year-old was Buffalo’s offensive coordinator from 2018-2021 before being handed the top job in New York and he has taken the chance with both hands so far, recording narrow victories over the Tennessee Titans and the Carolina Panthers.
Daboll’s men, who sit second in the NFC East behind the 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles, have been particularly impressive in defence as they have given up just 36 points – only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (27) boast a better record.
What is more striking about those defensive displays is that New York have produced them without featured edge rushers Azeez Ojulari and rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux, who are both set for their debuts on Monday.
Ojulari led the team in sacks (8.0) as a rookie last year and he will be licking his lips at the prospect of taking down Cowboys QB Cooper Rush, who has been thrust into the limelight following the injury to Dak Prescott in Week 1.
Rush (6/4 – To throw 2+ touchdown passes) threw for 235 yards and one touchdown in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals last time out in what was a solid display, with CeeDee Lamb, Noah Brown and Tony Pollard accounting for 221 of those passing yards.
There is the feeling the QB will need more options available to him on Monday night, especially if the Giants can put big pressure on him and force him into making bad decisions through the air or make him hold onto the ball too long.
One thing going in Dallas’ favour is the fact they boast a 9-1 record in the past 10 games against the Giants, with the latter’s only victory coming at the Cowboys in January 2021.
There is arguably no better time for New York to end this run of dismal results and also make some history in the process, with a victory making Daboll just the second Giants coach to win their first three games with the team since Dan Reeves in 1993.
The G-Men also boast one of the best running backs in the NFL in Saquon Barkley, who entered Week 3 as the league’s leading rusher with 236 yards and he is now going up against a Cowboys defence that has allowed 120.5 rushing yards per game this season.
In one of several #PickYourPunt specials offered by Betfred, Barkley is 13/8 to have 75-plus rushing yards and score a touchdown.