Odds makers sell up the NY Giants in their second straight NFC East showdown in as many weeks. Will the Giants put in a spirited performance this time? Here’s our preview complete with NFL picks.
Dallas Cowboys (2-3 SU, 1-1 away)
Ever since Tony Romo was injured in week 2 the Cowboys’ season is headed south. They’ve lost three straight games and slipped to a 2-3 SU start with a 6-point losing margin. On the heels of their last loss – a 30-6 evisceration by the Patriots at home – the decision was made to bench Brandon Weeden in favour of third-string quarterback Matt Cassel. That the Cowboys were faced with a bye week as well was deemed a perfect opportunity to prepare the veteran quarterback. It remains to be seen how this shuffle at quarterback pans out.
Week 1 saw the Tony Romo-inspired Cowboys rally to a last-gasp 27-26 win over the Giants. It’s six long weeks since that meeting and a lot has changed in both camps, prompting many NFL bettors to consider a reversal of fortunes in this rematch.
Indeed, odds makers unanimously agree with this notion. Dallas enter the game as the considerable underdogs in money line markets matched at +140 NFL odds or slightly higher depending on your sportsbook of choice. However, it’s not being billed a total blowout on the NFL odds board as the game is delicately nestled on a field-goal line right now, albeit coming down from an opening 5-points against the spread.
NY Giants (3-3 SU, 2-1 home)
After building a three-game winning streak to move into prime position to assume control of the NFC East, the Giants unravelled spectacularly under the pressure in a MNF clash with divisional foes Philadelphia Eagles.
The 27-7 loss left much to be desired by Tom Coughlin’s G-Men, who combined for a whopping 7 turnovers and 21 penalties. After a successful opening drive to give the Giants the 7-0 lead, Eli Manning, all of a sudden, regressed into his alter-ego: the unpredictable, ineffective, indecisive Eli Manning that is a turnover machine. He threw two interceptions, one of which was a pivotal pick-six that saw the Eagles take the lead in the game.
It goes without saying, the Giants simply can’t afford such accounts when the NFC East is there for the taking. Are they mad?
Fortunately, they have a second shot to take over top spot in the NFC East in week 7 in a game that is being billed a winnable game despite their horrendous account on Monday. The Giants are installed as the favourites to win outright trading at -165-to-175 NFL odds (perhaps a touch pricey) and they are anywhere from the 3-to3.5-point home chalk, depending on where you prefer to shop for your NFL odds.
NFL Betting Verdict: Dallas is taking a gamble on Matt Cassel snapping the losing streak in week 7. We’ve yet to see what a Matt Cassel-inspired Cowboys looks like so it’s a bit of a shot in the dark to back them on our NFL picks.
Where the Giants are concerned do we just dismiss last week’s account as just a bad day in the office, avoid the common overreaction that follows such an abysmal effort. Or do we consider they might be regressing yet again. Dilemma, dilemma.
These are two extremely unpredictable entities right now, making handicapping quite the challenge. If you are a novice NFL bettor, we recommend you give this game a skip because it’s too risky particularly against the spread. For seasoned bettors, we’re offering up the G-Men on our NFL picks to win straight up. If they have any sense of pride, they’ll want payback at home before their fans for the debacle that was week 1.
NFL Picks: Giants -160 at The Greek