Despite Records, Dallas Cowboys Favored Over NFC East Rival New York Giants
October 22nd, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Not all is well in the Dallas Cowboy organization, as they endured their fourth loss in the first five games of the season.  The Cowboys sit at 1-4 on the season, and face a huge uphill climb if they are to make any sort of run at a playoff berth.  That run will have to start this week, when Dallas faces the NFC East rival New York Giants.

The Cowboys faced the Minnesota Vikings last week in what was labeled the “desperation bowl as both teams, predicted to as favorites to win the NFC, sat at 1-3 on the season.  The Vikings got the win they had to have and now Dallas is in a world of trouble.

There is still hope among the organization however.

“I believe in these guys, I believe in the coaching staff, I believe in Wade Phillips,” Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said. “I believe we can turn things around. While the odds are against us, we can make all the things happen that we wanted to do this year.”

On the flip-side, Phillips knows that Jones is behind him, and just trying to get the team in the right direction.

“He knows, like we all know, that we had high expectations and we haven’t reached that, but we still have a chance,” Phillips remarked. “The season is not over, and we’re looking forward to this ballgame.

“We are looking forward to winning at home, playing at home, Monday night, all the great things. We can feel better about ourselves if we can beat the Giants because the Giants are really the team right at the top of our division.”

For the Giants, they sit atop the NFC East and have owned Dallas of late, sweeping them last season.  That included a win in the first-ever game at the new Cowboys Stadium.

“It was a fun game last year,” Manning said. “Obviously it was a lot of energy in opening up their new stadium. It came down to the very end and we had to have a two-minute drive. A couple guys stepped up and made big plays for us.”

For the Cowboys in this one, it is about limiting penalties, as they are their own worst enemy.  The Cowboys had several 15-yard penalties against Minnesota, including a touchdown that was called back.

For the Giants, the defense has been playing well of late, and are rolling.  Manning and the offense have picked up from a slow start as well.  Running back Ahmad Bradshaw has taken over getting the majority of carries and the ground game is solid.

Game Line-

Despite the records, USA Online Sportsbooks have set the Cowboys as a three-point betting favorite in this Week 7 NFL Match Up, with the over/under set at 44 points.

ATS Betting Trends

The Giants are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The over is 9-1 in the Giants’ last 10 games against the NFC.  The over is 6-2-1 in the teams’ last nine meetings.  The over is 7-3-1 in the Cowboys’ last 11 games.

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