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Week 2 NFL Spreads: Giants vs. Cowboys

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At 34-14-1, there is no better team in the National Football League playing its home opener than the Dallas Cowboys. And win or lose, no home opener will be more memorable than Sunday’s night’s cage match against the New York Giants in the new 100,000-seat Cowboys Stadium.

Time: Sunday 8:20 ET
Venue: Cowboys Stadium
MoneyLine: Giants +130 (-110) / Cowboys -150 (-110)
Spread: Cowboys -3
Over/Under: 44.5


The hype is already crazy and the TV ratings will certainly break records. Finally rid of Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo seems to finally have his head on straight. Diva wideouts Plaxico Burress and Terrell Owens have flown their respective coops, but there will still be plenty of glitz to go around. It will likely be the biggest day in the life of Dallas owner Jerry Jones, eclipsing even the day he had his first facelift.

Now to the nuts and bolts …

While much of the attention is focused on the stadium’s low-hanging scoreboard and whether or not punters will hit it, most everyone feels this one will turn on Dallas’s ability to move the ball against New York’s large, aggressive and at times dominating defense.

The Cowboys turned the valves wide open in a 34-21 victory over Tampa Bay last week, but any comparison between the Bucs and Giants is either coincidental or delusional. Romo threw for a career-high 353 yards and three TDs against TB, but whether Dallas will let Romo can be Romo against an injury-plagued Giants secondary is a coin flip. NY has a way of taking away the things an offense likes to do best, and that should force Dallas into a more balanced attack.Sports Betting at Sportsbook.com

“It’s all matchups and formations,” said Dallas coach Wade Philips earlier this week, which may have been code for “Romo will be a turnover machine if we can’t run the ball.”

Which brings up Marion Barber and Felix Jones. If the Giants’ defensive line stuffs Barber and Jones early and New York jumps out 7-0, it could get a bit ugly. Dallas does not want to give the Giants a chance to control the clock with Brandon Jacobs inflicting pain.

The Giants seem to have righted the ship after collapsing last season when they couldn’t figure out how to move the ball after Burress nearly shot off his big toe in that nightclub and was suspended. Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw should get plenty of carries early while Tom Coughlin tries to calm the nerves of Manning, who hasn’t played well against the Cowboys (four losses in last five games) lately.

The O/U is a somewhat-high 44.5, seemingly a dangerous number in any game involving the Giants. But most money has been on the over (77-23% as of Friday morning), a percentage high even considering the public’s propensity to back the over.

With Philadelphia having troubles at quarterback and offensive line, the winner Sunday takes the early high ground in the NFC East.

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Lawrence Paul is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog, and is a free-lance gambling and travel writer from Massachusetts.


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  1. This will be the game of the week as the winner will make a big statement in the NFC East. I think the Giants will be able to get to Romo, forcing a few key turn overs that will help win the game.