2012 Week 8 5* NFL Pick: Giants -2.5

While there are many that mock the DALLAS COWBOYS, I will wait until the New York Giants take this series back from a Cowboys defense that is holding its opponents to only 187.3 passing yards per game. The good news for Giants fans is that the Giants are 7-1 in their last 8 Road games and 4-1 Against the Spread (‘ATS’) in their last five games in Dallas. The Road team going 4-1 ATS in the last five in this series. The Cowboys offense has been in a steep decline since the opening day brilliance of Romo and Ogletree in averaging only 17.8 points game in their last five games. The key to the opening day victory was the ball control by Dallas. With the Giants averaging over 29 points per game in its last five games, competing with them will be a tall order for the Cowboys, whose rushing attack is powering only 88 rushing yards per game in its last five games. Averaging only 2.3 points in the first quarter, Romo, who is averaging 277 passing yards per game, will surely go to the air early to face a Giants defense that is devouring its recent opponents with the interception; ranked #3 with 2.57 turnovers per game. Like its other recent opponents, the Cowboys, 0-5 ATS in its last five Home games, will try to stop a Giants offense averaging over 400 yards per game. Bolstered by the #1 ranked offensive line allowing only .86 sacks per game, Manning’s #3 passing attack that is powering 295 yards per game will exploit the play action off either Bradshaw and Brown, and never look back.

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  1. WINNER>>Giants 29 – COWBOYS 24>>Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – Behind five Lawrence Tynes field goals and a defense that forced six turnovers, the New York Giants continued their road success against the Dallas Cowboys by holding on for a wild 29-24 victory in a game that wasn’t decided until the final seconds. Jason Pierre-Paul returned a Tony Romo interception 28 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Stevie Brown came up with two picks and a fumble recovery as New York (6-2) recorded its third consecutive win despite squandering a 23-0 halftime lead and nearly giving up a 37-yard touchdown catch to Dez Bryant with 10 seconds left. The triumph also improved the defending Super Bowl champions to 4-0 all- time at Cowboys Stadium. Eli Manning threw for a season-low 192 yards with an interception on 15-of-29 passing, but led the Giants on a 60-yard drive early in the fourth quarter that culminated with Tynes’ fourth field goal of the game, a 43-yarder with 10:20 remaining that gave New York a 24-23 edge. Romo finished with a career-best 437 yards while completing 36-of-62 attempts with both a passing and rushing touchdown, but was intercepted four times in the third defeat in Dallas’ (3-4) last four outings. Three Dallas receivers accumulated over 100 yards in defeat, with Jason Witten making a franchise- record 18 catches totaling 167 yards. Miles Austin amassed 133 yards on nine grabs, with Bryant ending with 110 yards on five receptions.

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