Online NFL Betting Sizes up NFC East Rivalry
Posted by: Charlie Smith
With the NFL’s preseason action finally coming to a close, sports wagering fans can begin to shift their full attention to Week 1 of the 2017 online NFL betting season. There’s plenty of matchups to choose from but there’s no question the entire nation will be tuning in for Sunday night’s matchup between the New York Giants and the reigning NFC East champions. Let’s take a gander t what bookmakers are predicting for the first Sunday night game of the season.
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, September 10th
When: 8:30 pm ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Stream: NBC Sports, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
New York Giants +3 ½ (-110) 48 ½ (-110) +165
Dallas Cowboys –3 ½ (-110) 48 ½ (-110) -185
New York Giants
The New York Giants fared surprisingly well in Ben McAdoo’s first season at the helm. The Giants would go on to finish the season with a n 11-5 record that allowed them to finish 2nd in the NFC East behind their longtime rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. Their regular season success would allow the Giants to break their 4 year postseason drought. Despite this, New York would not get very far in the playoffs, succumbing to the Green Bay Packers 38-13 in the divisional round.
Now entering the second year of the McAdoo era, the Giants will be looking to earn their keep in the East. The NFC East might be one of the toughest divisions in the NFL with all 4 teams being playoff contenders or on the edge of being in postseason form.
The Dallas Cowboys stunned the nation last year when took rookies took them all the way to the playoffs. Before the season began, many people were writing off Dak Prescott claiming that the rook would need plenty of time to properly develop. Prescott ended up winning rookie of the year and earning a nod to the Pro Bowl, an honor he shared with fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott. Despite this similarity, the difference between Elliott and Prescott became blaringly apparent this past offseason when Elliott had frequent run-ins with off the field issues.
It got to the point where the league handed the second-year player a 6-game suspension. Although Elliott has appealed the decision, most online NFL betting fans believe that the league will side with its original ruling.
After winning the NFC East and earning a 1st round bye in the playoffs, the Cowboys fell short in their first playoff game. It’s been longer than most can remember since Dallas won a postseason match and the franchise will be vying to snap that drought this upcoming season.
However, since America’s Team might have to contend for nearly half a season without their star running back, it’s no guarantee that the Cowboys will even make the playoffs. That said, Prescott does have one of the best offensive lines in the game and maybe he’ll take his game to the next level in his second season in the league.