Many teams in week 17 have their playoff spot locked up, while other teams don’t have a shot of making the NFL post season and they are looking forward to a vacation. For the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys, they only have one option.

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That option is to focus on the game this Sunday.

When the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants take the field for Sunday night football, the winner will win the NFC East and head to the playoffs, while the loser heads home for the season. That makes the Sunday night game the start of the playoffs.

The NFL week 17 betting odds for this game opened with the Giants as three point favorites. The line has stayed the same with some slight movement on the juice (move to -115) as 69 percent of the betting public is on the Giants.

For Dallas it is pretty clear that Tony Romo will play in this game despite hurting his hand a week ago. It will take more than that to keep him off the field. Giants wide receivers Mario Manningham (knee) and Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) and running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) were listed as probable. The Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, is questionable for this game, but let’s face it they are all going to play if they can.

The Cowboys had the Giants beaten the last time these two teams met, but fell short and let the Giants make one of the best comebacks of the year. That loss still hangs heavy over the Cowboys team as it may be the difference in going to the playoffs or staying home.

When it comes to games like this, taking the points is the smartest way to go. Both teams will go all out to win this game and with two evenly matched teams this could stay very close. Romo can take advantage of the suspect Giants secondary if the offensive line can protect him.

The sports betting trends favor the Cowboys. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings. The Giants are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a home favorite of 0.5-3.0 and will struggle to cover this number.

The Cowboys are in apposition to pull off the upset and could send the Giants packing on Sunday night.

NFL Week 17 Picks: Dallas Cowboys +3

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