2014 NFL Week 12 - Cowboys vs. Giants Betting Odds Preview

Line: Cowboys -3

Two NFC East rivals face off in the Meadowlands for this week 12 matchup. The Cowboys had a bye week last week and faced the Jaguars in London the last time we saw them. They put double figure points on the board in each of the first 3 quarters en route to their 31-17 victory to bring their record to 7-3 including an impressive 4-0 on the road. Quarterback Tony Romo returned from injury to go 20/27 for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns without an interception. Running back Demarco Murray continued his MVP caliber season with 19 carries for 100 yards. Dez Bryant continued his second half surge with 6 catches for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. Romo has now thrown a touchdown pass in an NFL record 37 consecutive games and has benefited greatly from an improved offensive line that is stocked with high draft picks. The Giants have had one of the most injury filled seasons of any team in the league. When you combine that with the fact that both their offensive and defensive lines have played poorly you have the 3-7 record they have and the questions over the future of quarterback Eli Manning and Head Coach Tom Coughlin, both of whom have won 2 SuperBowls with the team. Last week may have been the most disappointing of all the game this season as they were continually given the ball with a chance to win the game against San Francisco and they continually could not find the end zone. When 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Boreland intercepted a forth down pass from Manning with 4:43 left to play in the fourth quarter on the 49ers 2 yard line it was Manning’s 5th interception thrown on the day and the end of a terrible game for the Giants in the 16-10 loss.

The Cowboys sit tied with the Eagles for first place in the NFC East. It would be easy for them to look past the Giants, however anything is possible when you have a divisional game in the NFL. Look for the Cowboys to attack and be aggressive early, as the Giants have shown that their offense lacks the big play and is unlikely to be able to come back from any large deficit. Romo has 9 touchdowns and only 1 interception in his last 4 games and he faces a Giant defense that has had holes in the secondary all season long.

The Giants are playing for the jobs of their coaching staff as well as possibly their starting quarterbacks job. Manning is expected to eat up almost 20% of the teams salary cap in 2015 and his poor performance will force them to think about moving on. They will hope to get a boost from running back Rashard Jennings who had a great start to the season prior to missing time with a knee injury. Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham has been spectacular and is the one shining star in an otherwise dismal season in New York.

Pick: Giants +3

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