A key divisional showdown unfolds in the NFC East today as the New York Giants travel to Texas to take on the surprising Dallas Cowboys. Nobody really expected the Cowboys to be this good in 2014, especially with what was heralded as one of the worst defenses in recent memory, but here they are. Now the challenge will be maintaining their success. Can they turn in a solid outing following a heroic road victory vs. the defending champions? You have to follow to find out, and we’ve got your betting needs covered here at The Sports Geek. Read on below for game analysis and our official wager for this pivotal NFC East clash.
Giants vs. Cowboys Betting Odds:
New York Giants +6 (-115)
@ Dallas Cowboys -6 (-105)
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
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Giants vs. Cowboys Pick:
Simply put, I’ve stunned the Dallas Cowboys are this good. They look nothing like the team I envisioned them being in the pre-season, but while they are currently en route to a playoff berth, I’m notconvinced they can maintain this pace for the entire regular season. I still feel this team possesses some tendencies that will find them in trouble and I still have great difficulty trusting that defense. Especially when you consider they’re 29th in the league in yards conceded per play. They’re getting some fortunate breaks, and their bubble is about to burst – sooner opposed to later.
Where I can see this game really going south for Dallas is with their inability to stop the run. No team in football is worse when defending against it, and we all know how stubborn Tom Coughlin can be about getting his running attack going. In today’s contest, that will pay off as the Giants should have all kinds of success rushing the ball in Dallas. Andre Williams is a capable back-up to Rashad Jennings and should be locked and loaded for a huge game. With the run game going well, that’ll open up the passing lanes for Eli Manning. Though Dallas has been able to generate an effective pass rush in their first few games, with the presence of a run game it’ll buy Manning time and space to find targets in the pocket. Expect a lot of short yardage situations for the G-Men, and their offense should be fine. Plus, you can bet they’ll be hungry following a disastrous outing last Sunday which saw them produce zero points.
On the other side of the ball, and where I believe New York will hold a big advantage, will be in getting to Tony Romo. It must be noted that right tackle Doug Free is out to injury, and the Giants’ capable pass rushers should be able to get to Romo and tee off on the Cowboys quarterback. He was crushed last week in Seattle by LB Bobby Wagner, and should have to endure a couple more tough hits today with Free out injured. When Romo faces relentless pressure, he does have the tendency to make mistakes and look for a motivated Giants team to seize the moment and capitalize on those mistakes.
After a brutal outing last week, look for a hungry Giants team to enter Dallas eager to make a statement. They’re nowhere near the level they showed in Week 6 vs. the Eagles and are a threat to beat Dallas on Sunday. Eli Manning threw for six TD passes last year vs. Dallas and if the Giants offense can stay on the field, there’s no way the Cowboys can continually stop the threats of the pass and run games.
This is an inflated spread based on last week’s results, and given the fact that Dallas won their regular season Super Bowl last week, this is a vulnerable position for America’s Team. Look for the Giants to capitalize on this and keep this contest close throughout. They’ve got the right personnel, and match up quite well, all that’s left is to go out and play. Dallas often underperforms in moments when they’re expected to win and this could be yet another example. The Cowboys are 2-14 ATS when favoured off of a win, and have covered just six of their past 26 home games. This is a great spot for the Giants and don’t be surprised if they stormed into Texas and left with the straight-up victory.
PICK = Giants +6 (-115)