|2009 NFL Betting Preview: Giants at Cowboys Trends, Injuries & Picks|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Sunday, 20 September 2009 11:00|
Giants-Boys Free Pick
One of the best matchups this week in the NFL is on Sunday night as the Dallas Cowboys open their new stadium and host their NFC East division rivals, the New York Giants.
The Giants opened the 2009 season with a 23-17 win over the Redskins, although they failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as the favorite. Eli Manning passed for 256 yards with a touchdown and an interception, while receiver Mario Manningham caught three passes for 58 yards and a TD.
The Cowboys also won in their opener, roughing up the Bucs 34-21 in Tampa as a five point favorites. Tony Romo threw for 353 yards and a three touchdowns, while Roy Williams caught three passes for 86 yards and a TD in Dallas’s impressive road victory.
Oddsmakers from online sports book BetOnline have made the Cowboys 3-point home favorites over the Giants on Sunday night. The over/under total for this game has been set at 44.5.
The last time these teams met, the Cowboys soundly defeated the Giants 20-8 in Dallas in December of last year. Before that, the Giants crushed the ‘Boys 35-14 in New York to easily covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites.
This game is going to come down to defense and the Giants’ D looked great in Week 1, while Dallas struggled. New York’s pass rush looks as good as it did when it won the Super Bowl in 2007-08.
Now that Osi Umeniyora is back to full health, the Cowboys are going to struggle to keep Romo upright for four quarters. Dallas is going to have to run the ball and strike a balance or else the Giants will produce a couple turnovers and get a big road win.
Of course, this also means that the Giants are going to have to make some big plays themselves, because the Cowboys’ defense is no pushover. Manning doesn’t have a ton of weapons to throw to in the passing game and Brandon Jacobs had a disappointing opening game.
We think this is going to be a defensive struggle throughout and thus, like taking the points with the Giants. We also recommend taking the under 44.5 as the total has gone under in 11 of the Giants’ last 15 games when playing on the road against Dallas.
Our NFL Free Picks for this Week 2 matchup are: NEW YORK GIANTS +3 and UNDER 44.5.
233 New York Giants +3 Over 44.5
234 Dallas Cowboys –3 Under 44.5
NY Giants are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 games on the road
New York Giants
Chris Canty, DE, Out Week 2 (calf)
Adam Koets, T, Out Week 2 (ankle)
Hakeem Nicks, WR, Out Week 2 (foot)
Aaron Ross, CB, Out Week 2 (hamstring)
Clint Sintim, LB, Out Week 2 (groin)
Danny Ware, RB, Out Week 2 (elbow)
Kevin Dockery, CB, Questionable Week 2 (hamstring)
Kenny Phillips, S, Questionable Week 2 (knee)
Michael Boley, LB, Probable Week 2 (hip)
Michael Johnson, S, Probable Week 2 (shoulder)
Robert Brewster, T, P-U-P List
Michael Hamlin, S, Out Week 2 (wrist)
Jason Williams, LB, Out Week 2 (ankle)
Curtis Johnson, LB, Probable Week 2 (hamstring)
Stephen McGee, QB, Probable Week 2 (knee)
Tony Romo, QB, Probable Week 2 (ankle)
Gerald Sensabaugh, S, Probable Week 2 (chest)
Posted: 9/20/09 4:00PM ET