SNF - Giants at Cowboys
September 8, 2013
By Brian Edwards
The New York Giants have never lost at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. In fact, they won in their last game at the old building in Irving as well, so that’s five in a row at Dallas.
The Cowboys will try to bring an end to this streak when they host the G-Men tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC.
As of this morning, most books had Dallas favored by three or 3.5. The books at three were forcing bettors to pay extra juice (-115, -120 or -125) for backing the Cowboys. The total for ‘over/under’ bets was 49.5 or 50. Gamblers can take Tom Coughlin’s team to win outright for a +150 return (risk $100 to win $150).
For first-half bets, Dallas is a three-point ‘chalk’ at a -105 price (risk $105 to win $100), while the total is 24.5. The Cowboys are a one-half point ‘chalk’ for first-quarter wagers with a total of 9.5 (-130 to the ‘over’).
Dallas hasn’t been to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons, going 8-8 in both of the last two years. Nevertheless, Jerry Jones inked starting quarterback Tony Romo to a long-term contract extension in late March.
Romo had a career-high 4,093 passing yards in 2012, but he also threw a career-high 19 interceptions. He was also sacked 36 times, tying a career-high.
The Cowboys brought in a pair of new guys on defense, veteran safety Will Allen and LB Justin Durant. They drafted Wisconsin center Travis Frederick with their first-round picks. Baylor WR Terrance Williams was selected with a third-round choice.
Dallas released three key members of last year’s defense, including safety Gerald Sensabaugh, DE Marcus Spears and LB Dan Connor. This unit is hoping to improve as it goes from a 3-4 scheme under Rob Ryan to a 4-3 with new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who has been in college for several years following his long-time run as Tampa Bay’s DC.
New York finished 9-7 and out of the playoffs last season after it had won the Super Bowl in 2011. Eli Manning threw for 3,948 yards and 26 TDs but he wasn’t happy with his 15 interceptions.
The organization decided to part ways with Ahmad Bradshaw, leaving David Wilson from out of Va. Tech as the starting RB. Wilson averaged 5.0 yards per carry last year.
New York hopes to be more effective offensively with WR Hakeem Nicks 100-percent healthy. Victor Cruz enjoyed another banner campaign in 2012, hauling in 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Giants will be replacing some key parts on defense. DE Osi Umenyiora signed with the Falcons, LB Michael Boley was released and LB Chase Blackburn inked a deal with the Panthers. Also, place-kicker Lawrence Tynes is gone after making a slew of clutch field goal through the years. Dallas will be without starting DT Jay Ratliff, who is ‘out’ indefinitely with a hamstring injury. Ratliff’s back-up Sean Lissemore is ‘questionable’ due to a concussion. Perhaps most important, DE Anthony Spencer is ‘doubtful’ with a knee injury. Spencer had a career-high 11 sacks and a team-high 106 tackles in 2012.
The Cowboys have also lost starting OG Nate Livings, back-up LB Alex Albright and back-up DE Tyrone Crawford to season-ending injuries.
New York is dealing with plenty of injuries, too. Starting center Davis Baas is out until at least late September and starting fullback Henry Hynoski is also ‘out’ tonight. Back-up RB Andre Brown is done for the season, as is starting safety Stevie Brown. Brown’s back-up Will Hill is ‘out’ for the first four games due to a suspension.
The ‘over’ has hit in six of the last eight meetings of this rivalry. The ‘over’ is 4-0 in the last four encounters played in Dallas.
Sportsbook.ag has Dallas with 24/1 odds to win Super Bowl XLVIII, while the G-Men’s future number is 25/1. The offshore website has these odds to win the NFC East: Dallas +200, Washington +200, New York +260 and Philadelphia +500 (risk $100 to win $500).
Gamblers can still get down on season win totals for these teams. Most spots have Dallas with a win total of 8.5 (-130 to the ‘over’), while the Giants are 8.5 (‘over’ -120).
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