Cowboys and Giants Clash in Decisive Week 7 NFL Betting Match

Posted by Aaron . on October 21, 2015 in

When Dez Bryant limped off the field during the first showdown between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, the fact that he had a broken foot led people to speculate that he would miss anywhere between four and 12 weeks. That dozen weeks was a really long time for that recovery, but it seemed unlikely that he would appear again during the first half of the campaign. However, with the Cowboys coming out of their bye to face the Giants once again in Week 7, it looks like Dallas will try to get Bryant on the field.

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Date/Time: Sunday, October 25, 4:25 PM
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
TV: Fox
Opening Odds: Giants -3½

Team owner Jerry Jones told CBS Sports Radio’s 105.3 the Fan that the Cowboys will give Bryant a try. As Jones said, “We’ll take a good look at him at the end of the week. If he’s comfortable to putting it down and driving off of his foot then we’re comfortable with him playing.”

The Cowboys have dropped three games in a row and are using the bye week to make some changes. Dallas had traded Buffalo a draft pick for backup quarterback Matt Cassel, who once appeared in a Pro Bowl as a Kansas City Chief but found himself on the bench behind Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel. The Cowboys are also planning to start La’El Collins on the offensive line in place of Ron Leary. They might even start Christine Michael at tailback instead of Joseph Randle.

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If Bryant can play, and if Cassel can get him the ball, then the game might go well for the Cowboys. The NFC East is still wide open, and since the Cowboys’ two wins are already against division opponents, knocking off the Giants would give the team a real edge in tiebreakers, with three out of a possible six wins in the division already in hand.

The Giants showed some serious vulnerabilities in their loss to Philadelphia that the Cowboys will want to expose. For example, if you can mount a quality pass rush, Eli Manning will make mistakes. Greg Hardy led the way in Week 5 as the Cowboys sacked Tom Brady five times in the first half; it was the halftime adjustments that let the Patriots run off the field with a 30-6 rout victory. Eli Manning will rush some throws and panic a bit, and the Giants will get away from the running game, giving their defense only scant time on the sideline before they have to come back out on the field.

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There’s also the psychological element of this game. After all, the Cowboys were down in the fourth quarter to the Giants in Week 1, and then they mounted two drives the length of the field to score the winning touchdown. The Giants’ secondary is suspect, and while Weeden was not confident about sending the ball down the field, instead relying on short throws underneath the vast majority of the time, the hope is that Cassel will be bolder with the ball, making deeper throws to stretch the defense. If this works, then the Cowboys could get away with just as much as Philadelphia did last week.