2010 Week 7 – Can the Cowboys turn over a new leaf on the Giants?
When one thinks of a team with the third-best offense and fourth-best defense, one might expect to see a division leader or a least a team over .500. While the Cowboys owned these rankings coming into Week 7, they have been living in the cellar of the NFC East at 1-4.
The Giants, on the other hand, are on top of the NFC East at 4-2 and are on a three-game winning streak. They go into Dallas behind QB Eli Manning who has been completing 64.7% of his passes and the legs of RB Ahmad Bradshaw who is currently fourth in the NFL with 582 yards. The Giants can’t afford losing the turnover battle in this one, having handed the ball over 16 times this season while Dallas has only turned the ball over nine times.
The Cowboys’ depleted offensive line has only given up seven sacks on Tony Romo but is going to have to keep an eye on a resurgent Giant’s defensive end Osi Umenyiora who has seven sacks in three games. Penalties have also been hurting the Cowboys as they have drawn 49 flags, the 6th most in the NFL. Cowboy’s LB Demarcus Ware, who has seven sacks this season, will look to have another strong game against the Giants. Eli Manning has Ware’s favorite target being sacked eight times in 11 meetings.
FOX Business has evaluated the win/loss and stock market statistics over the past 20 seasons of Monday night NFL games and come up with a Monday Night Markets (MNM) rank for each team based on their record and the prior week’s market activity. Let’s take a look at what the markets have to say.
The Dow Industrials ended last week up 0.63% and the S&P 500 was up as well, closing out the week with a gain of 0.59% with both indexes on a three-week winning streak and up seven of the last eight weeks. Optimism was fueled by strong earnings from Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan, McDonald’s and Boeing as well as the expectation of further stimulus actions by the Federal Reserve after a disappointing manufacturing report. The dollar was also stronger snapping a five week losing streak against the Euro although it slipped slightly against the Yen.
Over the past 20 years, the Giants have played 26 Monday night games and based on our calculations have a Monday night rank of .500 when the Dow closes the prior week up and .467 when the S&P 500 is up, giving them a MNM rank for this week of .484.
During the same 20 year period, the Cowboys have played 36 Monday night games and have a rank of .800 when the Dow is up and .714 when the S&P 500 is up giving them an MNM rank this week of .757.
Monday Night Markets picks the Dallas Cowboys to win at home and go to 2-4.
2010 Monday Night Markets picks: 3-4
Week 7 FBN Staff Picks: Cowboys vs. Giants
I’d like to pick the cowboys at home, but I just think they have real issues. They are cold (as am I with my brilliant Jaguars pick last week) and the Giants are hot. It took them a while, but Eli and company are really cooking now. As much offensive balance as you will find in the league. Giants win a close one. Turn up the heat on Cowboys head coach Wade Philips. Season: 4-3
It is the cowboys turn!
New York vs. Dallas…the parallels to the American League Championship Series give hometown fans in this divisional grudge match additional fodder. While the G-men are one of the hottest teams in football right now, the Cowboys will pull the upset on their home turf. Tony Romo’s quick strikes to Miles Austin will avoid the hard-charging Giant defensive rush. Dallas wins in a divisional shootout that keeps their slim playoff hopes alive.