Cardinals to host New York Giants on Christmas Eve


On the National Football League future odds, the Dallas Cowboys have 11 to 1 odds to win the 2017-18 Super Bowl LII, trailing only the New England Patriots at 4 to 1 odds.

It's beyond coincidence now. For whatever reason, the Giants do not host an NFC East team until Week 14 when the Dallas Cowboys visit MetLife Stadium.

Although the Bronco's offense may be in flux, hence why they are not higher on the list, this early contest between the Cowboys high-powered offense and Denver's defense led by All-World linebacker Von Miller could be the best barometer as to how well Dallas will play throughout the rest of the season.

This is the fourth time in the past five years that the Cowboys and Giants have opened up against each other, and the third straight season in which the Giants will travel to Dallas for the opener. And if this contest took place in Lambeau, it would actually be lower on the list because the Cowboys destroyed the cheeseheads at home last season 30-16. He read it off, and it has the 49ers hosting the Giants in Week 10. Hope it's below freezing come December 10. Last season saw the Giants as the only squad to hand Dallas two defeats during the regular season.

In between, they play Detroit and San Diego at home. That is a pretty good group of quarterbacks. Dallas has not played in Arizona since the 2011 season.

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They'll enter the 2017 campaign with a world of expectations.

Three of the Giants' first six games are at night, four of their first six are on the road, and three of their final four are at home.

Despite beating the Cowboys twice in 2016 and having much more free agency success than their NFC East counterparts, OddsShark lists the Giants as 5.5-point underdogs. If they're battling any of them for the division crown, there's now place like home.

The ease of their schedule set the New York Giants up for a lot of success in 2016. They'll be looking to end that mini-skid in this year's season opener. And one of the three road games is in San Francisco. The game against the Raiders comes after a road game against their NFC East division rival Washington Redskins in primetime on Thanksgiving Night. The Giants will have theirs in Week 8, which is a good time to have it as it will be right in the middle of the season.