Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants: Betting Odds, Preview and Prediction

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 28:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks for an open receiver under pressure from Chris Canty #99 of the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Eli Manning has never lost in the new Cowboys Stadium, despite being an underdog three times in the past four seasons there.

The New York Giants are road underdogs again to open their season in Dallas on Sunday Night Football, and they are looking to build on a recent 5-1 run against the spread versus their hated division rivals.

While the Dallas Cowboys are laying three points to the G-Men according to OddsShark.com (the total was hovering around 48.5), they have been a disaster inside the NFC East. In 14 recent divisional games, the Cowboys have covered the spread just twice.

Even the computer is picking a straight-up upset.

Manning is averaging 307 yards passing per game there, while much-maligned Dallas pivot Tony Romo averages 277. And in those four recent meetings in Big D, the three-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion's quarterback rating is 82.9, while Romo's is a less-than-impressive 63.2.

Manning also comes into the new season on a 10-3 run as an underdog ordering room service.

Dallas is tied for second with the New England Patriots for the best opening-month record over the past 10 years, as both the Cowboys and Patriots are 21-10. The Giants, meanwhile, are sixth in the league, with a 20-12 mark. The Indianapolis Colts (23-9) lead all teams.

It's a different story at the betting window, where the Pokes were a disappointing 0-6 as the home chalk last season and are an abysmal 3-17 in the same role dating back to 2010. On a positive note, they've covered five of six lid-lifters.

New York does have some question marks after losing key personnel to preseason injuries: starting safety Stevie Brown (8 INTs in 2012), running back Andre Brown (8 TDs in first 10 games last season) and right tackle David Diehl.

The Giants have stayed under the posted total in 16 of their last 22, dating back to 2011, but the last four meetings in Big D have gone over. The road team is on a 5-1 ATS streak in this series, while the underdog is on a 6-2 run.

Computer Prediction: Giants 30, Cowboys 23 (via Odds Shark)