Can Cowboys Make it Make It 12 in a Row?
NFL WEEK 14 –
BE A SUNDAY NIGHT SHOOTOUT IN JERSEY?
Okay, so it’s part of our job here at Jim Sez to be football historians, if you will.
And today’s history lesson is this:
The Dallas Cowboys have hosted only three playoff games the past 10 years – and yet in the coming weeks it could well be the case that the ‘Boys will host two NFC Playoff games at “Jerry’s World”.
Right, first things first as Dallas looks to cash the trifecta here – beat the New York Giants, get revenge for that Week 1 loss and, drum roll please, wrap up the NFC East.
Betcha didn’t think you would be saying that back in the Summer of ’16, eh?
The truth is right now the Cowboys are the favorite to get to Super Bowl 51 – and why not considering this club has not lost since that Week 1 home defeat back on Sept. 11th against this Giants’ crew!
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NFL WEEK 14
On Sunday Night, it’s …
DALLAS (11-1) at NEW YORK GIANTS (8-4) – 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Okay, so what’s the odds this under-the-lights battle could be a real, old-fashioned shootout?
No doubt it’s gonna be chilly at MetLife Stadium (likely in the mid 30’s with some wind) but keep in mind Cowboys kid QB Dak Prescott has thrown for 19 TDs (and only 2 INTs) so far and here won’t be getting challenged by DE Jason Pierre-Paul who is out for the year with a severe groin injury.
On the other side, there’s been widespread criticism – especially in the New York City-area tabloids – that this here-and-now Giants’ offense is dysfunctional with slumping QB Eli Manning yet to carry NYG to a 30-point total yet this year and every week you turn around and one of the receivers is complaining about not getting targeted – note that veteran WR Victor Cruz is the latest whiner for Big Blue (time to put him/keep him in the slot and get ’em 8-to-10 targets?).
So, if the wind here doesn’t knock down Prescott/Manning passes, this one might resemble a track meet – the totals price is only 47 points at press time – as both quarterbacks have a bevy of capable pass-catchers.
No doubt Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (75 receptions for 1,015 yards and 8 TDs) and Dallas wide-out Dez Bryant (37 catches, 634 yards and 6 TDs -- missed a couple of games) could be considered a “wash” here and so the likes of Cruz and rookie WR Sterling Shepard versus Cowboys’ slot man Cole Beasley (team-high 60 catches) and TE Jason Witten could be the real key in the event we get a “shootout”.
Spread Notes – Dallas is 9-3 ATS (against the spread) this special season but keep in mind Jason Garrett’s club has lost back-to-back pointspread verdicts the past two weeks (versus Washington, at Minnesota). On the flip side, the Giants are a collective 10-16-2 ATS as underdog sides the past three-plus seasons and that includes this year’s 0-2-1 spread mark as pups with spread setbacks against both Minnesota and Pittsburgh. However, since 2010 the Jints are 8-5 versus the vig in head-to-head matchups with Dallas.
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