New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 1

This game is a perennial and heated division rivalry, and a great way to kick off the 2012 NFL season. The New York Giants will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys on September 5th at 8:30pm on NBC in what is already shaping up to be a fierce contest. Many are expecting this to be a close game but a solid win by either team would certainly make a statement to the rest of the league. The spread on this game is 4 points with an over/under of 46 points. The Giants are favored to win.

This past Thursday linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka of the NY Giants went on record predicting a win saying Jerry Jones must be sick of the Giants “whupping his ass.” Truth is the Cowboys have not beat the Giants since the 2009 season. Last season the Giants beat the Cowboys 31-14 to win the NFC East, and in the 2010 season the Giants won by a score of 37-34. The 2011 season game was in NY and the 2010 game was in Dallas. Nonetheless, home field advantage will aid New York and the game being the season kick-off will only add to the hype.

The Cowboys will benefit from the return of Dez Bryant who has been out since August 20th with tendinitis but could be ready to return punts. Jason Witten who suffered from a lacerated spleen during the preseason game against the Raiders returned to practice on Saturday but it is uncertain if he will be cleared for contact before the season opener. To help cover this potential weakness in the roster, the Cowboys picked up tight end Colin Cochart after dropping QB Stephen McGee to make roster room. However Cochart is more of a blocking end than a receiver like Witten.

The Giants decided to put CB Terrell Thomas on the extended injured reserve but will be getting back rookie CB Jayron Hosley from preseason injury. At the defensive tackle position the Giants are struggling with injuries; with Chris Canty and Marvin Austin injured that leaves only Linval Joseph, Rocky Bernard and Markus Kuhn at tackle. However the Giants kept five defensive ends on their final roster and have been known to put up to four DE on the field at one time to rush opposing QBs.

Tony Romo had a preseason QB rating of 117 giving the Giants good reason to go after him hoping to disrupt his focus, the string of super talented defensive ends the Giants possess offers hope. And it is hope the Cowboys need as the Dallas Cowboys’ starting offensive line practiced together for the first time Saturday Sept 1st. Injuries have kept the starting group from being together on the field during preseason. Romo may have reason to be concerned against the Giants.

Also returning to practice on September 1st for Dallas were team super stars DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin, both had hamstring issues.

The Cowboys had a preseason record of 3-1 and the NY Giants were 2-2. Both teams played generally mediocre teams. The Giants will have the strength of confidence behind them, as the home team and defending champions.

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