Sunday Night Football odds: Cowboys vs. Giants picks, predictions by legendary expert on 6-1 roll

Jason Garrett hopes to cool off his hot seat when the 0-1 Cowboys host the 0-1 Giants on Sunday Night Football. Garrett has just three winning seasons and two playoff appearances in his eight-year Dallas tenure, and his team opened with a thud, falling 16-8 at Carolina. New Giants coach Pat Shurmur presumably has a longer leash, but New York fans won't wait long before demanding results from a team loaded with offensive playmakers like Odell Beckham and rookie Saquon Barkley. The Cowboys are 3-point favorites, with the over-under for total points scored set at 42.5. It's an 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff from AT&T Stadium. Before you make any Cowboys vs. Giants picks, you need to hear what Hank "The Hammer" Goldberg says. 

Hammer enjoyed a 17-year ESPN run in which he had only two losing seasons picking NFL games. Last year, he competed against 10 top handicappers in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's NFL Challenge and beat them all, finishing 50-29-6 against the spread.

Last week at SportsLine -- where Goldberg now shares his strongest picks -- Hammer crushed the books with a 6-1 mark, his only loss coming by a half-point. Anybody who has followed his picks has seen huge paydays.

Now Hammer has tapped into the inside sources he has spent years cultivating and spotted major line value in Cowboys vs. Giants.

Hammer knows the Cowboys owned the Giants last year, winning 19-3 and 30-10. Dak Prescott threw for 600 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in those games, and he's primed for a bounceback performance after a sluggish Week 1 versus the Panthers. Dallas thrives against bottom-feeders, going 7-2-1 against the spread in its last 10 against losing teams.

Dallas received good news Thursday when top pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence (groin) practiced fully, putting him on track for Sunday Night Football. Lawrence has 15.5 sacks since the start of last season and took down Cam Newton last week.

But just because the Cowboys annihilated the Giants last year doesn't mean they'll cover a field goal at home.

The Giants easily could have beaten the Jaguars in Week 1 had Jacksonville defenders not hogtied Beckham with blatant interference penalties. Beckham (11 catches, 111 yards) created a stunning average of 4.6 yards of separation on his 15 targets, and that was against an elite secondary. Now he's itching to torch his bitter division rival in the national spotlight and do his first end-zone celebration of 2018.

Plus, New York had fared well historically in the series, covering five straight meetings until last season.

We can tell you Hammer is leaning Under, but his much stronger play is against the spread, which he has made his name picking. He says one team has a critical flaw that determines the point-spread winner.

Who wins Giants-Cowboys? And what is the critical flaw one team can't overcome? Visit SportsLine now to see Hammerin' Hank Goldberg's point-spread pick with analysis, all from the legendary handicapper coming off a 6-1 opening week.

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