Monday Night Football Best Same Game Parlay for Cowboys vs. Giants (Saquon Barkley a Quarterback's Best Friend)

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley runs off the field following their comeback victory in Nashville vs. the Tennessee Titans in Week 1.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley runs off the field following their comeback victory in Nashville vs. the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants can do something on Monday Night Football that they haven't done in 12 years; get off to a 3-0 start.

In fact, since MetLife Stadium opened, the Giants have never gone 2-0 to start a season in their home arena.

They'll put their undefeated record to the test against the 1-1 Dallas Cowboys tonight who look to improve to 2-0 in the "Cooper Rush era" since taking over for the injured Dak Prescott. In Week 2's upset victory at home vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, Rush went 19-31 for 235 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys held on 20-17.

Before we start diving into how we can parlay some picks together, let's take a quick look at the latest odds for this NFC East matchup:

Cowboys vs. Giants Odds for Monday Night Football

BetSided's Iain MacMillan has already shared his favorite betting picks and prop bets here for Monday Night Football, but let's see if we can't cook up a juicy parlay to spice up this longtime NFC East rivalry.

Monday Night Football Same Game Parlay Picks (Cowboys at Giants)

Michael Gallup UNDER 29.5 REC yards

The hype train has left the station with Gallup's return off injury for the Cowboys. While he's a solid weapon to add to the mix, let's not forget that this still isn't Dak Prescott throwing him the football, nor is it the top-notch Cowboys offensive line that fans and bettors were accustomed to all these years.

Via fantasy analyst Dwain McFarland, Cowboys No. 1 wideout CeeDee Lamb saw his target share go from 26% to 34% from Week 1 to Week 2 with Rush at quarterback. I get that just under 30 yards isn't a massive number to reach, but with Rush already having some experience with several other Cowboys pass catchers, I wouldn't call it an automatic that he instantaneously looks Gallup's way.

Saquon Barkley OVER 23.5 REC yards

Giants defensive coordinator Dean "Wink" Martindale is known for his defenses putting a ton of pressure on quarterbacks. During his time in Baltimore, no team blitzed more often than Martindale when he ran the show.

One way to counter the blitz is through quick drop offs, screen passes and easy check downs, especially with multiple defenders past the line of scrimmage. That's where Barkley's ability as a pass catcher can really take over, while creating multiple chunk plays in the process.

Martindale and the Giants were terrific in shutting down Derrick Henry and the Titans' run game in Week 1. In Week 3, I'd much rather rely on Barkley the pass catcher than as a runner.


In the event that both defenses decide to check out of this one, especially if the game is out of reach, we can protect ourselves a bit easier from a possible backdoor bad beat on a touchdown by moving the line from 39.5 past several key numbers of 40, 41, 43, 44 and 45.

So far, both teams are a perfect 2-0 to the under this year, with Dallas at -16.3 in points/game vs. points/allowed.

Best Same Game Parlay Picks for Cowboys vs. Giants

  • Michael Gallup UNDER 29.5 REC yards (-138)
  • Saquon Barkley OVER 23.5 REC yards (-128)
  • UNDER 45.5 - ALT TOTAL (-260)
Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook

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