- The Giants and Cowboys renew their rivalry on Sunday night
- Barkley meets Zeke in a showdown of premier running backs
- Check out our three prop bets for this classic NFC Battle
Man, Trey Burton.
His measly 15 yards receiving in the Bears-Packers instant classic erased what would have been a perfect start to the NFL Sunday Night prop bets section.
Alas, we chase perfection in Week 2, in an early high-stakes showdown in Big D, as the Cowboys host the Giants with both teams trying to avoid the dreaded 0-2 hole.
Prop #1: Dak Prescott Will Throw for at Least 240 Yards
|Will Prescott throw for at least 240 yards?||Odds|
If you believe in stuff like bulletin board material, come on in and let Landon Collins set the tone for this one.
#Giants safety Landon Collins said yesterday: "If we stop Zeke and just put the ball into Dak's hands, I think we have a better shot at winning."
–> Dak responded today with just two words: “Challenge accepted.”
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 13, 2018
Collins isn’t saying anything that isn’t true. The Cowboys used to run to set up the pass, but everyone knows that Dallas’ strength is Zeke and that offensive line (though currently not at full strength).
Unfortunately, Prescott hasn’t met the challenge of successfully passing to set up the run. He’s failed to break 200 yards passing in seven of his last nine games, including their 16-8 loss in Carolina last week, going 19-for-29 for 170 yards.
You look at Dak Prescott's last three games and you see a QB who is scared to throw the ball down the field. pic.twitter.com/kMAAiPBqaz
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) September 10, 2018
I would be stunned if that wasn’t a major point of emphasis in preparation this week. It would be nice for his receivers to gain some separation at some point, too. I think Prescott will shine, and will motor past that 240 number.
Prop #2: Giants/Cowboys Will Score a TD Over 39.5 yards
|Touchdown longer than 39.5 yards||Odds|
Going back to the 2013 season, the two teams have combined for 11 scores of over 39.5 yards in their ten regular season meetings. Seven of the ten games have had at least one such score, though the two of the most recent four tilts have been the bagels.
The last big play we witnessed was in Week 14 last year. The immortal not-that-Rod-Smith is the answer to the trivia question.
There have always been some home run hitters in this match-up, and this year is no exception. Toss in the early season uncertainty, and the fact that divisional games always produce crazy moments, and there’s a good chance we see some big plays.
Of all the types of scores: six by catch, two by interception, two by fumble recovery and one kickoff return, there wasn’t one TD run of that distance. The franchise backs in this one are my pick, and are next with a prop of their own.
Prop #3: Saquon Barkley Will Have More Rushing Yards than Ezekiel Elliott
|RB with most rushing yards||Odds|
This is a circumstance bet: Elliott’s 17-rush, 69-yard 1 TD performance against the Panthers – one of the top-3 defenses against the run a year ago – was his lowest yards output since Week 2 last season.
— NFL (@NFL) September 9, 2018
The guy is a beast, but as mentioned, Prescott is going to have every opportunity to get the passing game going. It may not hurt Zeke’s touches, as he is still a good receiver, but it could hurt his rush totals.
SAQUON BARKLEY TO THE HOUSE. 68 YARDS. ? https://t.co/CSmZYdNuiW
— LeadingNFL (@LeadingNFL) September 9, 2018
The Cowboys were a bottom-5 team against the run last week, and will feel like a cakewalk for Barkley after having to deal with the uber-athletic Jaguars. And even then, he still busted out for 106 yards rushing in his debut.
He will be well fed in this one, partly because of his prodigious talent, but also partly because the running game will take pressure off Eli Manning.