Last season, these teams met three times. The Cowboys (now 5-3, 3-5 ATS) won the two regular season showdowns by a combined score of 76-55, but when all the chips were on the table in the playoffs, it was the G-Men that proved victorious, ending Dallas’ season with a 21-17 upset.
In all three encounters, QB Tony Romo was under center, and the fact that he won’t be taking snaps for the blue and silver should give the defending champions a huge leg up in this Week 9 match-up.
Football betting gurus should have recognized that oddsmakers over-adjusted for Romo not being in the lineup when they only made the Cowboys 1-point favorites against Tampa Bay on the NFL betting line. It wasn’t the prettiest game in the world, but the Boys busted the Bucs 13-9 and picked up the ATS victory.
Backup QB Brad Johnson completed 19-of-33 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, and those lackluster numbers have prompted the question of whether 3rd stringer Brooks Bollinger will be the choice this coming Sunday. No one was more impressive on Sunday afternoon than the New York Giants (now 6-1, 5-2 ATS), who earned a hard-fought 21-14 victory in Pittsburgh.
A field goal with 8:21 to go put the Giants in front of the football betting line for good, but NFL betting fans that backed the champs were assured of a victory with a safety and a touchdown on the ensuing possession. The defense got five sacks, forced four interceptions, and largely made life miserable for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
The Giants ‘D’ ranks 4th in the NFL, allowing just 271.4 yards per game. The offense has been even better, averaging 378.9 yards per game, the 3rd best mark in the league. There often isn’t much separating the teams in the hotly contested NFC East, but due to the fact that Romo won’t be available for this game, oddsmakers have installed the hosts as whopping 8.5-point favorites. The ‘total’ has been set at 41.