So, Andy Isabella catches one pass – one pass! – for Arizona and it happens to be an 88-yard touchdown to foil my last pick. The 49ers were on their way to an 11-point win before Isabella stuck the dagger into my heart with just 4:53 to play in Thursday night’s game.
Oh well, you can’t have everything…where would you put it? It’s kind of like the Giants. Wait. No, it’s not like the Giants who have virtually nothing. New York has only won twice in their last 10 games. It might be 11 after Monday.
Game: Dallas Cowboys (4-3, 4-3 ATS) at New York Giants (2-6, 3-5 ATS)
When: 8:15 PM ET, Monday, November 4th, 2019
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Current Line: DAL -6.5 Total: 48
TV Coverage: ESPN
The Cowboys are coming off a bye week and historically they are pretty good the following week, especially against the spread. In their last 14 games after a bye, Dallas is 10-4 ATS.
I get a little squeamish because the Cowboys are almost a touchdown favorite, which they were against the other New York team just three weeks ago.
The other New York team, the Jets, went into AT&T Stadium and bum-rushed the Cowboys winning 24-22. I don’t see the Giants winning, but they are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games and have covered three straight when they have been a home underdog of seven or more points.
Dallas beat the Giants already this season winning in Week 1 35-17.
Eli Manning started at quarterback for the New York Giants. This time around it will be rookie Daniel Jones, with an emphasis on “rookie.”
Before throwing for the 322 yard against the Swiss cheese omelet known as the Detroit Lions pass defense, Jones averaged 198 passing yards a game in four starts. He threw four touchdowns and seven picks. Now, he goes up against the NFL’s ninth-ranked pass defense.
Here’s the difference on Monday.
Dallas Running Back Ezekiel Elliott ran for 111 yards and Dallas totaled 189 in the Cowboys win over Philadelphia just before the bye week. The Eagles gave up just 91 yards a game on the ground. The Giants? They are 22nd against the run allowing 122.4 yards a game. Uh-oh.
Then, there’s the turnover thing. In the win over Philly, Dallas forced four turnovers and turned them into 21 points. The Giants have committed the most turnovers in the NFL – 19. Yikes!
Dallas is 7-0 SU and against the spread in their last seven games against teams from the NFC East. They do it again on Monday night covering the 6.5.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.