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New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers won 38-35.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 9, 2011

The NFC East is on the line this weekend when the New York Giants travel to Dallas to take on the division-leading Cowboys.

This game could tell us which of the struggling teams in the division could end up on top when the regular season comes to a close a month from now.

The Giants look to rebound off a five-game losing streak to once again take control of the division.

A win will all but secure a playoff berth for the Cowboys.

 

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas.

When: Sunday, Dec. 9th at 8:20 p.m. EDT

Watch: NBC

Listen: Cowboys - Sirius 93; Giants - Sirius 92.

Live Streaming: NFL.com Audio Pass ($29.99 for year; $27.99 team specific; $9.99 a month)

Betting Line: Dallas Cowboys (-3.5)

 

What's at Stake?

The NFC East is on the line in this showdown.

The Cowboys can still recover and have a shot at the division even with a loss, but the Giants are all but eliminated without a win.

It's likely the second-place finisher in the NFC East will not get a wild-card berth this season, so this game could be the whole season for both teams.

 

Giants Injury Report

David Baas, C: Neck (Out)

Mark Herzlich, LB: Ankle (Out)

Osi Umenyiora, DE: Ankle (Out)

Kenny Phillips, S: Ankle (Doubtful)

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB: Foot (Probable)

Brandon Jacobs, RB: Hamstring (Probable)

 

Cowboys Injury Report

Martellus Bennett, TE: Ribs (Doubtful)

Laurent Robinson, WR: Shoulder (Questionable)

Miles Austin, WR: Hamstring (Questionable)

DeMarcus Ware, LB: Neck (Questionable)

 

Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper

 

Start: Tony Romo, QB (Dallas Cowboys)

Love him or hate him, Tony Romo has played really well this season.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks up as he walks off the field during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals d
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He has thrown for 3,325 yards along with 22 touchdowns to just nine interceptions this season. Romo also historically plays his best football in December.

The New York Giants defense has been in shambles this year. It's been the offense holding it together.

The defense ranks 28th in the league in points allowed and 29th in passing yards allowed.

Romo is in store for a big day.

 

Sit: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB (New York Giants)

The Giants have not been playing their typical style of football this season.

It's been a lot less about the ground game and much more about moving the ball through the air.

Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have both been having some issues this season. They are also both banged up heading into this game.

They likely won't get very many carries, and when they do, don't expect too much. The Cowboys are ranked ninth in the league in rushing defense.

 

Sleeper: Kevin Ogletree, WR (Dallas Cowboys)

With Miles Austin and Laurent Robinson battling injuries, Kevin Ogletree could see more action this weekend.

As I stated earlier, the Giants secondary has had problems all season.

With most of the attention focused on Dez Bryant, Ogletree could see a lot of single coverage allowing Romo to target him a bunch.

He's a good sleeper if you need a filler at a flex or No. 2 wide receiver spot.

 

Keys to a Dallas Win

The Cowboys are going to have to play some tough defense against Eli Manning and the Giants passing game.

It's clear that Romo will be able to move the ball and point up points through the air. This game falls on the shoulders of the defense.

If they can at least manage Manning and hold the Giants to less than 20 points, that should be enough for the Cowboys to walk out with a firm grasp on the playoffs.

 

Keys to a New York Win

If it's on the Cowboys' defense to hold Eli Manning, it's on his shoulders to carry this Giants team like he has all season.

The defense is going to allow points. The rushing game isn't going to have much success.

If the Giants are going to win this game, it's going to be because of Manning. Luckily for New York, he's playing like an elite quarterback this year.

 

Prediction: 31-27, New York Giants

This pick isn't as much that I'm buying the New York Giants as I am selling the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas has faced a cupcake schedule through the middle of the season. They barely managed wins over Washington and Miami, then they lost to Arizona last week.

The Giants fought hard last week against the Packers. They proved to the country that they are a talented football team.

That talent will show when they trump the Cowboys this weekend.

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