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Giants vs Cowboys Odds - Giants' shaky offense will fail them in Dallas

Posted by Stan Simmons on 9/14/2009 10:48:53 AM
NFL linesGiants vs Cowboys odds. Feels great to read those words, doesn’t it? Few NFL betting matchups excite people like new chapters in the hate-filled NFC East. Both teams looked formidable in week 1; can the Cowboys debut with a bang at their new stadium?

Giants vs Cowboys Odds: Cowboys -3

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 8:20 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX
  • KEY STAT: Cowboys are 8-1 against the spread in games with a three-point spread or smaller in last three years
  • PICK: Cowboys; OVER 44

Giants vs Cowboys odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
In a game they almost had to win, the Cowboys made a strong statement against Tampa in Week 1, and that statement was “Terrell who?” Tony Romo and the offense rolled, suggesting that Terrell Owens’ departure could amount to addition by subtraction. Can Romo elevate his game again and top a vicious Giants pass rush?

Giants vs Cowboys odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Cowboys’ offense looked versatile and explosive in Week 1. Tony Romo posted a career high in passing yardage and completed an 80-yard touchdown hookup with Patrick Crayton, good for the longest of his career. Marion Barber and Felix Jones looked competent and, perhaps most importantly, Roy Williams showed good chemistry with Romo. The Giants’ offense sputtered in a win over Washington and it’s clear Eli Manning lacks a go-to receiver right now, so the obvious edge goes to Dallas.

Betting Edge: Cowboys

Giants vs Cowboys odds maker breakdown: Defense
We know what the Giants can do; Osi Umenyiora showed that Sunday when he returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown. The front seven is deep, deadly, and could force Tony Romo into some mistakes. Meanwhile, the supposedly ferocious Cowboy defense disappointed in week 1, failing to sack the statuesque Byron Leftwich and allowing 450 net yards to the lowly Bucs.

Betting Edge: Giants

Giants vs Cowboys odds maker breakdown: Special Teams
Nick Folk was a rock for the Cowboys in Week 1 online betting, booting four extra points and nailing both his field goal attempts, including a 51-yarder. He combines with return-man Felix Jones to give Dallas the special teams edge against the Giants, who may lack a true return man. Why else would gigantic Hakeem Nick have gotten the nod in Week 1?

Betting Edge: Cowboys

Giants vs Cowboys odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
The Cowboys have no major maladies to report. The Giants’ secondary is a bit depleted; Aaron Ross missed Week 1 and isn’t a lock to play this week, while Kevin Dockery is battling a hamstring strain. Third-string runner and return man Danny Ware dislocated his elbow against the Redskins and, naturally, his status is up in the air.

Betting Edge: Cowboys

Giants vs Cowboys betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
We know the Cowboys can score and that the Giants can prevent scoring. However, Dallas’ defense fell flat in Week 1 and the Giants’ offense didn’t scare anyone. Of the two, I think the Cowboys’ “D” is more likely to recover; there’s no denying its talent, with the likes of DaMarcus Ware and Terrence Newman likely to bounce back. The Giants’ passing offense is still a major question mark until someone – Mario Manningham? – steps up as a consistent target for Eli Manning. Bet on the Cowboys.

Go OVER the total in this one as offensive co-ordinator Jason Garrett will try to put on a show in the Cowboys Stadium opener on the national stage Sunday night.

STAN’S PICK: Cowboys; OVER 44

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