If the New York Giants want any chance of staying in the NFC East race for the second half of the 2019 NFL season, they need to come away with a win in Week 9. The third-place Giants will host the first-place Dallas Cowboys on “Monday Night Football.”

Coming off their bye, Dallas has a 2.5-game lead over New York in the division. The Cowboys blew out the second-place Philadelphia Eagles 37-10 in their last contest to take control of the NFC East. The Giants were beaten by the Detroit Lions 31-26 in Week 8, extending their losing streak to four games.

Only two teams are bigger Week 9 favorites than the Cowboys. Dallas is laying seven points in their visit to MetLife Stadium, according to the latest betting line at OddsShark. The over/under is 48.

The Cowboys hosted the Giants in the season opener. Dallas blew out New York 35-17. The Giants scored a meaningless touchdown in the final three minutes when the game was well out of hand.

That victory was part of Dallas’ hot start, which gave the team plenty of early Super Bowl buzz. The Cowboys began the season with a three-game winning streak and the best offense in the NFC. 

Things changed when Dallas finally played real competition. The Cowboys went 3-0 against teams that have a combined 3-20 record in Week 9. Dallas lost their next three games before beating Philadelphia in Week 7.

There has been very little middle ground with the Cowboys in 2019. They’ve either look spectacular or awful, for the most part. A close 12-10 loss in New Orleans is the one exception.

Dallas scored more than 30 points and won by double digits in each of their first three games. The Cowboys were beaten at home by the Green Bay Packers 34-24 in Week 5, trailing by as many as 28 points. Dallas lost to the New York Jets in Week 6, giving Gang Green their only victory of the season.

Dak Prescott Cowboys Giants Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to throw a pass against the New York Giants during the third quarter in the game at MetLife Stadium on December 10, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

Eli Manning started for the Giants in their visit to AT&T Stadium. He finished the game with decent numbers, but New York’s offense stalled for most of the contest with their former starting signal caller at the helm.

Daniel Jones brings a new element to the Giants’ offense. His mobility was much needed in the first meeting with the Cowboys, especially on a failed fourth-down attempt at Dallas’ seven-yard line when Manning was sacked and fumbled.

That was Manning’s only turnover of the day. Jones has been a walking turnover as the Giants’ No.1 quarterback. The first-round draft pick has seven interceptions and seven fumbles.

New York leads the NFL with 19 giveaways. 

Jones will need a big game to keep the Giants in this one. New York is 28th in total defense and 25th in opponents’ yards per play. Dallas leads the NFL in yards per play.

Dak Prescott had a perfect passer rating with 405 yards against the Giants in Week 1. He threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns with a 120.2 passer rating when Dallas visited MetLife Stadium in the 2018 regular-season finale. The quarterback has put up big numbers when taking on poor pass defenses in 2019.

Starting tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are back from injuries that contributed to Dallas’ losing streak from Weeks 4-6. Ezekiel Elliott should have a big day on the ground behind a healthy offensive line.

Home-field advantage has been nonexistent for the Giants this season. New York is 1-3 at home, suffering those three losses by a combined 38 points. Their only home win came against the last-place Washington Redskins.

The Cowboys are 5-0 straight up and against the spread in their last five meetings with the Giants.

Prediction: Dallas over New York, 30-20