NFL Betting: Super Bowl Champs Kickoff Season With Cowboys


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The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys always play classics. Case and point: Week 17 last season when the two teams squared off with a playoff spot on the line. The Giants one, made it in and eventually won the Super Bowl.

Now the two teams will get together for the NFL’s regular season kickoff contest on Wednesday night. New York Giants are a 3.5-point favorite on the NFL odds not only because they are at home but because the Cowboys have a number of injuries that could hamper them in this contest.

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants
Betting Line: Giants -3.5

The Giants are in relatively good health heading into Wednesday night’s opener but they could catch a break with a couple of Cowboys hurting. Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten is dealing with a spleen injury and is waiting on a CAT scan to determine whether or not he’ll play. Even if he does, he probably won’t be at 100%. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff is dealing with an ankle injury and is questionable while a number of players like cornerback Mike Jenkins and offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau missed most of training camp with nagging injuries as well.

The Cowboys offensive line hasn’t had time to gel this preseason and that should be music to the Giants players’ ears. Tony Romo can be a slippery quarterback but the Giants pass rush has found ways to catch him in the past. With new starters on the offensive line and little reps between that five (because of training camp injuries), the Giants could have a field day.

However, the Giants do have one key injury that could sway the course of this game. Cornerback Prince Amukamura is dealing with a high ankle sprain and nickelback Jayron Hosely has turf toe, so the Giants could be shortchanged in that regard.

The Giants will hope that their pass rush can help cover up for them.

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