NFL Trends: New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys Betting Trends & Injury Report
The New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys are set to square off in Sunday Night Football betting action this week at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. But before you make your NFL picks for the big game on Sunday, check out some of the great NFL betting trends that we have for the duel!
New York Giants Notes: The Giants have lost four games in a row, and they have to really have this game if they want to stick around in the playoff chase in the NFC. Sure, 6-7 isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not looking good either with a loss. New York would be two back of the NFC East lead and could be two back in the NFC Wild Card chase as well by the time the weekend is said and done with. The good news is that the team is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 road games against teams with winning home records. The bad news is that the G-Men are just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight overall, including going just 1-4 ATS in their last five divisional games.
As always, the man of the hour in New York games is QB Eli Manning. Manning has thrown for 3,705 yards this year with 23 TDs against 11 INTs. One would like to think that he is going to have to reach the 4,000 yard barrier this week if the Giants were to have a shot to win, as their ground game ranks dead last in the league and isn’t getting any better. Manning has been picked off at least once in five straight games and he has nine INTs since Week 5. In division games this year, Manning has been especially bad. He threw for 264 yards with a TD and a pick against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11 and threw for 268 yards and a pick six against the Washington Redskins in Week 1. His only good game was the four-TD effort against Philly in Week 3′s 29-16 upset.
The injuries have mounted for Head Coach Tom Coughlin all season long, and this week is no exception whatsoever. WR Mario Manningham is probably going to be back in the lineup after missing two straight weeks with a knee injury, but the status of others isn’t nearly as good. RB Brandon Jacobs, LB Michael Boley, DB Prince Amukamara, and DT Chris Canty are all listed as questionable and might not suit up, while LB Mark Herzlich, C David Baas, S Kenny Phillips, and DE Osi Umenyiora are all doubtful and probably won’t give it a go. Add to that the fact that T William Beatty and T Stacy Andrews were placed on injured reserve this week. This is a heck of a lot of injury problems for the G-Men.
Dallas Cowboys Notes: Dallas knows that it is in great shape with a win on Sunday. It will be two up in the NFC East and in a position to solidify the No. 4 seed at worst in the NFC playoffs. The Cowboys would also be a full game clear at least of all of the Wild Card candidates just in case they did blow their divisional lead. However, a loss would be devastating, as it would drop them to second place in the division and into a tie with the Giants for the NFC East lead (losing the tiebreaker for the time being), and into a tie at best with a slew of teams in the NFC Wild Card chase. Dallas is only 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games as home favorites, and it is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games played in the month of December. Even worse is the fact that it is 1-5 ATS in its last six overall and just 3-13-1 ATS in its last 17 games as a favorite.
It really feels like the Dallas pass offense should be doing a heck of a lot better than it is. The unit ranks No. 7 in the league at 270.8 yards per game, but it feels like we should be expecting more. QB Tony Romo has 3,325 yards and 22 TDs against nine INTs, but he doesn’t have a receiver that is on a pace for 1,000 yards this year. TE Jason Witten has 61 receptions for 760 yards and five scores, while both WR Dez Bryant and WR Laurent Robinson have 40+ receptions for a total of 1,332 yards and seven TDs apiece. WR Miles Austin, who has 403 yards and four scores will be back in the lineup this week. He has only played in six games this year with various hamstring injuries all season long.
The big names on the injury report are those of Robinson, Austin, and LB DeMarcus Ware. All three are probable though, and should be playing in this one. Aside from that though, things are relatively quiet. Dallas may be without G Kyle Kosier, who has a foot injury, and DB Mike Jenkins, who has a sore hamstring, but aside from that, it is pretty much business as usual.
Head To Head: This is the first of two meetings this year between these teams, as they will meet once again in Week 17 in a game that very well could determine the entire season for both squads. Typically, this is a higher scoring series, as four straight games have flown past the ‘total’, and all four have gotten into at least the mid-50s. The road team won both meetings last year, and the underdog has covered and won outright the last four. The last win by a favorite came in 2008, when Dallas knocked off New York in Big D 20-8. Over the last four meetings, the Giants have averaged 435 YPG, while the Cowboys have averaged 370.0 YPG.
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