(1-7, 1-7 ATS)
New York Giants
(6-2, 5-3 ATS)
Just three weeks ago, the New York Giants probably stuck the final nail in the coffin of the Dallas Cowboys by knocking QB Tony Romo out of the lineup. Now, a totally new looking Dallas team would love to put a crimp in the playoff hopes for the G-Men when the two meet for the first time at New Meadowlands Stadium.
You don’t totally get the feeling that things are all that different for the Cowboys, but if there were ever a game that they would be able to strap on their boots and issue a butt kicking, this would be the week. Jason Garrett now has the head coach tag attached to his name, even though it comes with an “interim” tag. This will be the first time in the history of the Cowboys that an interim head coach will be leading them into battle. Owner Jerry Jones couldn’t take it anymore, and he had to make a change. Former HC Wade Phillips was fired on Tuesday, and Garrett immediately brought a new level of intensity to the team and to the practice facility, and the hope is that he can change the mentality of the squad as well. Garrett, a former longtime backup quarterback for Dallas, badly needs to get in the ears of his defense, though. This unit has allowed 29.0 points per game this year, something that cannot keep up if he thinks that he is getting a ‘W’ in his first game as a head coach.
Meanwhile, little is being said in this game about the 6-2 Giants, who have won five straight games and are coming off of a tremendous trip to Qwest Field where they buried the hapless Seattle Seahawks 41-7. Defensively, this is the top team in the NFL, as New York is holding foes to just 250.6 yards per game and ranks No. 2 against both the run and the pass. Offensively, things are much of the same as well. The G-Men are putting up 401.0 yards per game this year and are lighting up the scoreboard for an average of 27.0 points per game. QB Eli Manning has had his blunders this year, but a legitimate case could be made that he is the league’s MVP at the halfway point of the season. Manning threw for 2,075 yards and 17 scores in the first half of the season, but he has gotten some tremendous help from RB Ahmad Bradshaw as well. The featured back for the Giants is well on his way to a 1,500 yard season, as he rushed for 765 yards and five tuddies in the opening eight games.
Though New York is significantly better than Dallas is, we love the fight that the Cowboys put up in the second half of that game in “Big D” a few weeks ago. It was a fight that Dallas hasn’t really seen since the outset of the season, and if there’s a man that can spark that flame once again, Garrett is the guy. The Cowboys won’t win this one, but they’ll earn their stars on their helmets and give the Giants a heck of a fight.
Week 10 Free Pick: Dallas Cowboys +14