New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Free Picks for Week 7

New York Giants
(4-2, 3-3 ATS)

Dallas Cowboys
(1-4, 1-4 ATS)

Bitter rivals collide at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, as the Dallas Cowboys play host to the New York Giants in an NFL betting battle that might be an absolute must win for the home team.

The Giants have to feel like they’re playing with house money at this point in the year. They have a 4-2 mark and are firmly entrenched in the postseason picture at this point. The team is rolling, having won three straight games. They just narrowly missed out on covering the Detroit Lions last week, which would have made three straight ‘W’s against the NFL odds as well. Injury concerns are mounting, though. DE Justin Tuck and WR Hakeem Nicks have both sat out of practice during the week, while DE Mathias Kiwanuka is already out for the foreseeable future with a herniated disc. LB Keith Bulluck has missed three straight games, but his toe has apparently healed, as he’ll be expected to give it a go on Monday Night Football. Still, this defense ranks No. 2 in the NFL in pass defense at 172.0 yards per game, and is second overall at 264.8 yards per game allowed. DE Osi Umenyiora has been a man on a mission this year. He has eight sacks, seven of which have come in the L/3 weeks, and he also has six forced fumbles in that stretch to boot.

It is definitely do or die time for the Cowboys. HC Wade Phillips has been assured that his job is safe for the remainder of the season, but that doesn’t mean that Jerry Jones won’t change his mind by the middle of the week if his team struggles again and drops to 1-5. The loss last week to the Minnesota Vikings featured 11 more penalties, which only extend Dallas’ lead in the flags department this year in spite of the fact that it has already had its bye week. Ironically, this team just can’t win a game at home, as its only win this year has come at Reliant Stadium against the Houston Texans. The offense is averaging 305.0 yards per game this year through the air and 400.0 yards per game in total. Both numbers rank Dallas in the Top 5 in the NFL coming into this weekend. Defensively, it’s much of the same. Holding teams to just 180.6 yards per game passing and 281.4 yards per game in total is good enough to be No. 4 in both categories in the league. The flags and some other careless mistakes have really put these guys behind the eight ball all season long.

Dallas is just too good to drop to 1-5, right? The Giants are banged up and are probably looking forward to their bye week. With the schedule that they have faced, there is no shame in a 4-3 start to the season. Just getting to 2-4 is the first step towards the revival in Big D.

NFL Free Pick: Dallas Cowboys -3

Panthers look to continue dominance of NAIA foes: KWC averaging 99.5 points per game in two victories.

Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, KY) November 25, 2006 Byline: Rich Suwanski Nov. 25–If this was two months into the season and not two games, Kentucky Wesleyan College would be rocking NCAA Division II’s world. go to site ohio christian university

The Panthers are 2-0, averaging 99.5 points per game and shooting 62 percent from the field. KWC has six players scoring in double figures, led by Jeff Fahnbulleh at 25 ppg and Tim Baker’s 20 ppg.

Fahnbulleh is making an astounding 79 percent of his shots, converting 23-of-29. Of course, he’s shooting from 5 feet or closer, and it’s come against weak NAIA competition. But isn’t the point taking good shots and making them? That’s what he’s doing.

No matter what time of year it is, though, winning is good, especially for a Wesleyan program that won just seven games last year and lost 19.

Besides, the competition will get tougher soon enough — Southern Indiana on Dec. 2, for one — so the Panthers should enjoy the moment.

Wesleyan tackles its third NAIA team this afternoon when it hosts Mayfield’s Mid-Continent University, which boasts a 7-1 record, including the Ohio Christian University Tournament championship.

Game time is 3:15 p.m. at the Sportscenter.

While fans might whoop it up for the aforementioned statistics, coaches are more likely checking categories like field-goal defense, rebounds, assists and turnovers. Again, KWC is setting the stat sheet on fire. go to site ohio christian university

The Panthers are holding opponents to 35 percent shooting and outrebounding them by an average of 13 boards per game. They also average 20 assists per game and just 13 turnovers per game.

The only real area of concern is allowing opponents 26 offensive rebounds. KWC has 28.

“At the end of the first half (against Illinois Institute of Technology), they outhustled us and were outrebounding us,” KWC coach Todd Lee said of the Panthers’ most-recent victory, a 99-50 decision. “That was a byproduct of looking up at the scoreboard and seeing we’re up 20.” Yet, Wesleyan refocused at intermission, hit 7-of-11 shots to start the second half, and turned a 17-point halftime lead into a 49-point rout.

“We did a good job of sharing the ball on the break,” Lee said.

Such tendencies indicate Wesleyan should fare better this year, putting last year’s debacle behind it. The real test, however, will be when Great Lakes Valley Conference play begins with three tough road games in Indiana — at USI, Indianapolis and St. Joseph’s.

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