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10/27/2012 10:01 PM

NFL Week 8 Preview: Falcons at Eagles

ATLANTA FALCONS (6-0)

at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-3)


Kickoff: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Line: Philadelphia -3, Total: 45

Atlanta tries to remain the NFL's lone unbeaten team when it flies north to Philadelphia on Sunday.

Both these squads are coming off a bye week. The Eagles are desperately trying to right their ship, and they fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo during the off week. On the other side of the ball, the Philly is still trying to rectify Michael Vick’s turnover problems (NFC-high 13 giveaways) and poor offensive line play. The Falcons have actually been better on the road this year, where they’re 3-0 SU and ATS. They will be matching up against a very good Eagles pass defense that is allowing the lowest completion percentage in the NFL (52.7%). Falcons QB Matt Ryan did not look sharp in their last game, a home win over Oakland, throwing three interceptions.

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Ryan ranks fourth in the NFL in passer rating (98.8) and sixth in passing yards (293 YPG), throwing 14 TD and 6 INT. He had an eventful day last year against the Eagles, completing 17-of-28 passes for 195 yards, a career-high-tying 4 TD and 2 INT. Ryan has done a phenomenal job using his top three receivers who each have 4 TD catches for the season, WR Roddy White (553 rec yds), TE Tony Gonzalez (430 rec yds) and WR Julio Jones (376 rec yds). The two wideouts had just 52 combined yards in last year's meeting with Philly, but Gonzalez caught seven passes for 83 yards and 2 TD. The Falcons running game has been dreadful in 2012, with the fourth-fewest rushing yards in the NFL (87 rush YPG). Leading rusher Michael Turner has just 100 rushing yards on 29 carries (3.4 YPC) in the past two games. However, Turner gained 146 total yards with the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of last year's win over Philly. Defensively, the potential absence of CB Asante Samuel (foot), who played with the Eagles last year, could really hurt Atlanta's 12th-ranked pass defense going up against a talented receiving corps. The Falcons will also have a hard time stopping LeSean McCoy on the ground, considering they allow the fifth-most rushing yards in the NFL (144 rush YPG). Atlanta is adept at creating turnovers though, as its 17 takeaways rank fourth in the NFL.

The Eagles are an incredible 13-0 SU coming off a bye week under Andy Reid. Vick started against his old team for the first time last year, but left the game in the third quarter after suffering a concussion from a big hit. He finished that matchup 19-for-28 for 242 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT, while adding 25 rushing yards on six carries. Like most players, Vick is much more comfortable at home, completing 65% of his passes for 923 yards, 4 TD and 4 INT, plus another 142 yards on the ground in three games in Philly. Considering how poorly Atlanta defends the run, Vick will probably use his legs much more than he did last year. That also means a heavy dose of LeSean McCoy, who gained 116 total yards with a pair of second-half touchdown runs against the Falcons last year. McCoy had a horrible game before the bye week, gaining just 22 yards on 14 carries, plus 26 yards on seven catches. He has been playing on an injured ankle, and some of his offensive linemen have also been banged up, but the whole group will be healthier coming off the bye. Despite the firing of Castillo, and subsequent promotion of secondary coach Todd Bowles, the Eagles defense hasn't been terrible, ranking 15th in passing yards (226 YPG) and 14th against the run (105 YPG). The biggest problem has been the lack of turnovers, as Philly has just two takeaways in the past four games. Some of that also stems from a weak pass rush that has tallied just seven sacks all year.

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10/27/2012 10:04 PM

NFL Week 8 Preview: Giants at Cowboys

NEW YORK GIANTS (5-2)

at DALLAS COWBOYS (3-3)


Kickoff: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT
Line: New York -2, Total: 47.5

The Giants seek a fourth straight victory when they roll into Dallas to face a Cowboys team looking to earn the series sweep.

The Giants are also looking for a fourth straight win, SU and ATS, in Big D. When these teams met in New Jersey in the season opener, Dallas was able to take advantage of an injury-ravaged Giants secondary and sloppy play in New York’s passing game en route to a 24-17 upset win. But QB Eli Manning has been very good in his past three victorious trips to Dallas, throwing for 354.3 yards per game and eight touchdowns. Two of the Giants’ three wins in those games were on points scored in the final minute, when Manning seems to shine and the Cowboys seem to consistently fall apart.

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Manning leads the NFL with 2,109 passing yards, throwing 12 TD and 7 INT in his seven games this year. He has also thrown for 2,710 yards and 21 touchdowns in his past 10 games versus Dallas. WR Hakeem Nicks, whose knee finally looks healthy, has loved playing at Cowboys Stadium with 17 catches for 271 yards and 2 TD in two career visits to Big D. WR Victor Cruz, whose seven touchdown receptions are tied atop the NFL, ranks third in the league in receptions (50) and fifth in receiving yards (627). While the passing attack is in good shape, the ground game might have some issues this week with Ahmad Bradshaw bothered by a sore foot. On defense, New York's pass rush is starting to come around. After tallying just eight sacks in the first five games, the G-Men have recorded nine sacks over the past two contests. The Giants are below average both in rushing defense (126 YPG, 23rd in NFL) and passing defense (253 YPG, 21st in NFL), but they've been able to prevail in three straight games by forcing 10 turnovers during the win streak.

Like Manning, Dallas QB Tony Romo has also been outstanding in this series, throwing for 2,512 yards, 25 TD and just 8 INT in 10 meetings with New York since 2007. Although he has more interceptions (9) than touchdown passes (8) this season, he ranks third in the NFL in completion percentage (67.9%), including a 70.8% clip in his past three games. He's able to remain so accurate because he has done a great job spreading the football out among his top four targets, WRs Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree, as well as TE Jason Witten. Austin has 4 TD in six career meetings with New York, and Bryant, who is expected to play despite last week's head injury, has 18 catches for 363 yards (20.2 average) and 4 TD in five career games versus the G-Men. With starting RB DeMarco Murray (foot) still out, Felix Jones will get the bulk of the carries. Although he's been bothered by a knee injury, Jones has still managed to gain 179 total yards over the past two weeks. Dallas ranks third in the NFL in passing defense (187 YPG) and has held its past four opponents to 91.5 rushing YPG on 3.8 yards per carry. The Cowboys need to improve in the takeaway department though, forcing just six turnovers in six games this season.

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10/27/2012 10:05 PM

NFL Week 8 Preview: Saints at Broncos

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-4)

at DENVER BRONCOS (3-3)


Kickoff: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. EDT
Line: Denver -6, Total: 55.5

The surging Saints aim for a third straight victory when they travel to the Rocky Mountains to take on Denver Sunday night.

A couple of future Hall of Famer quarterbacks, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, will get a chance to pick apart weak defenses in this one. The last time these two legendary QBs met was in Super Bowl XLIV won by the Saints. The Broncos have been an absurdly slow-starting team this year, only to be bailed out by Manning. The Saints, for all their issues, have performed well in their past two road games, missing a last-second field goal in a one-point loss at Green Bay, and holding on to beat Tampa last week. They’ve covered in three straight games despite the fact that their defense is allowing 30.3 PPG.

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New Orleans, which will be playing its first game under interim head coach Joe Vitt, leads the NFL in passing offense with 335 YPG. Brees has been outstanding in his past three games, completing 67% of his throws for 1,193 yards, 11 TD and 2 INT (115.2 rating). Five of those TD passes have gone to WR Marques Colston, who has 25 catches and 357 yards over this three-game span. Despite the efficiency through the air, the Saints rank last in the league in rushing offense (76 YPG). They have reached 90 rushing yards in a game just once all season, and have just 66 rushing YPG on 3.1 yards per carry in the past four contests. Although New Orleans' rushing defense has allowed the second-most rushing yards in the league (161 YPG), it has been much stronger during the three-game ATS win streak, holding opponents to 106 rushing YPG. The same can't be said for the passing defense though, having allowed the third-most yards in the NFL (305 YPG), including a whopping 348 passing YPG in the past three games. The Saints have done a great job protecting the football recently though, sporting a +4 turnover margin in the past four contests.

Manning ranks second in the NFL in passer rating (105.0), and has thrown 11 TD and just 1 INT during four straight 300-yard passing performances. He brought his team back from a 24-0 deficit in the last game in San Diego, throwing three second-half touchdown passes to three different players. The Broncos have outscored opponents by 73 points in the fourth quarter this season. Although the Broncos have the fourth-most passing yards in the NFL (291 YPG), the ground game has been held in check for the most part, averaging just 94 YPG (23rd in NFL). Top RB Willis McGahee has not gained 60 yards on the ground in three of his past four games. Denver's defense has been pretty solid this year though, ranking 10th in the NFL by allowing just 331 total YPG. The Broncos have held four opponents to 90 rushing yards or less, and they were able to force more turnovers in the last game (six) than they had in the previous five contests (four).

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10/27/2012 10:07 PM

NFL Week 8 Preview: 49ers at Cardinals

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-2)

at ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-3)


Kickoff: Monday, 8:30 p.m. EDT
Line: San Francisco -7, Total: 38

The Cardinals try to stop a three-game losing skid when they host the 49ers on Monday night.

San Francisco has a chance to open up a big lead in the NFC West. The Niners are 2-1 SU and ATS on the road this year, with impressive wins over Green Bay and the Jets. But last December in the desert, QB John Skelton came in for an injured Kevin Kolb in the first quarter and led Arizona to a 21-19 comeback victory with three TD passes. Kolb is again hurt, and Skelton threw for 262 yards in a 21-14 loss at Minnesota last week. The Niners won an ugly one over Seattle last Thursday, 13-6, and will have the extra rest going into this game. Their running game had a big second half, finishing with 175 yards against an elite Seahawks defense, and the final spread would have been more than seven points had Alex Smith not been intercepted in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

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Smith has won four of his past five starts versus Arizona despite pedestrian numbers: 51% completions, 5.8 YPA, 6 TD, 3 INT. He's been shaky in the past two weeks, passing for just 340 yards (6.4 YPA) with 1 TD and 4 INT. A sprained finger on his throwing hand has contributed greatly to his struggles. Another injury concern for the 49ers is leading rusher Frank Gore, who suffered bruised ribs in the last game against Seattle. The bye week helped him heal though, and he is expected to start. That's bad news for Arizona considering Gore has gained 913 total yards (114 per game) with 7 TD in the past eight meetings with the Cardinals. Two other key injuries are WR Mario Manningham (shoulder) and LB Patrick Willis (ankle), but the bye week has also helped their healing process and both are expected to play on Monday. Willis is the anchor to this excellent defense that leads the NFL in both total yards allowed (272 YPG) and passing yards allowed (173 YPG), while ranking second in scoring defense (14.3 PPG). In the past five meetings with Arizona, the Niners have allowed just 50 total points while forcing 19 turnovers (3.8 per game).

Skelton was a turnover machine against San Francisco last year, throwing five interceptions in just 47 pass attempts over two games. However, he fared pretty well in his first full game of 2012 last week, completing 25-of-36 passes for 262 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT against the Vikings. The one negative was that he took seven sacks. All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald has had a down season for his standards (66 rec. YPG, 3 TD), but he has loved facing San Francisco in his career, catching 93 passes for 1,296 yards and 11 TD in 16 meetings. Although Arizona ranks 27th in the NFL in rushing offense (89 YPG), it has done a better job on the ground in the past two weeks with 308 yards on 56 carries (5.5 YPC). LaRod Stephens-Howling had 20 carries for 104 yards in last week's loss, and will be the main ball carrier ahead of William Powell. Arizona ranks fourth in the NFL in scoring defense (16.9 PPG) and seventh in total defense (312 YPG). The Cardinals produced 16 sacks during their four-game win streak to start the year, but have just six sacks during their three-game skid. They also have some key injuries on defense, including DT Darnell Dockett (hamstring), LB Reggie Walker (head), CB Greg Toler (hamstring) and S James Sanders (knee), who are all questionable. S Kerry Rhodes (back) is out indefinitely.

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10/27/2012 10:11 PM

NFL poolies betting cheat sheet: Week 8

Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers (-14.5, 45.5)

Both the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars will be without a key player when they meet at Lambeau Field. Green Bay will be without S Charles Woodson. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year suffered a broken left clavicle in last week's 30-20 triumph at St. Louis and is expected to miss at least six weeks. The Jaguars, who have lost three in a row, will not have Maurice Jones-Drew in the lineup after the running back sprained his left foot on the first play of last Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss at Oakland and is out indefinitely. The Jaguars are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games.

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-1, 40.5)

The Dolphins suffered an overtime loss at home to the Jets last month after carrying a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter and missed a pair of field goals, including the game-winner in the extra session. Miami's last four games have all been decided by four points or fewer, including wins at Cincinnati (17-13) and against St. Louis (17-14) entering its bye. The Jets have been hit-or-miss at home, scoring one offensive TD in back-to-back losses to San Francisco and Houston while rolling up a combined 83 points in wins over Buffalo and Indianapolis. The Dolphins have played under the total in their last seven October games.

San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns (3, 44)

The Chargers were accused of using Stickum - a banned substance - during their 35-24 loss to Denver on Oct. 15 and continue to be investigated by the NFL. San Diego also had extra time to think about how they blew a 24-0 halftime lead against the Broncos. Browns RB Trent Richardson had eight yards on eight carries last week against the Colts before being benched at halftime as he tried to play with a rib cartilage injury. Richardson said he intends to be ready for Sunday. The under is 7-1 in Cleveland’s last eight home games.

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (-3.5, 47)

The Titans have been a sieve on defense, allowing a league-worst 238 points, but they eked out a 35-34 victory over the Buffalo Bills last week on Matt Hasselbeck's fourth-down touchdown pass with 63 seconds to play. Chris Johnson broke out of his season-long funk, rushing for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over Buffalo. Johnson had been held to 24 yards or fewer in four of the team's first five games. The Colts have won six of the last seven meetings with Tennessee, but all but one of those victories came with Peyton Manning under center. The Colts are 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a win.

New England Patriots at St. Louis Rams (7, 47)

The Rams lost a little zip in their offensive attack when receiver Danny Amendola went down with a collarbone injury in Week 5. Since then, QB Sam Bradford has just one TD pass and the Rams have lost two straight. Four teams have logged season highs in yards gained against New England, which has allowed an average of 338 yards through the air in its last five games. Remember, this game is being played at Wembley Stadium in London, England taking away home advantage for either team. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings.

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (-3, 44.5)

The Philadelphia Eagles had the bye week to get acquainted with a new defensive coordinator. Todd Bowles’ first test comes when the Eagles host the last unbeaten team in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach Andy Reid is 13-0 after a bye week, the longest winning streak since bye weeks were introduced. But this time he has had to oversee a change on the defensive side of the ball after firing Juan Castillo and promoting Bowles from the secondary.

Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears (-9, 43)

Chicago tops the NFL with a plus-13 turnover margin and has allowed a league-best 13 points per game, which doesn't bode well for Carolina and second-year QB Cam Newton. The Panthers have lost four straight and have been plagued by turnovers all season - their minus-6 turnover margin ranks 26th in the league. The bad news keeps coming for Carolina, which placed CB Chris Gamble (torn labrum) and LB Jon Beason (knee, shoulder) on injured reserve this week. The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last five October games.

Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions (-1, 43)

The Seahawks pulled off an upset of the New England Patriots in Week 6 but fell flat at San Francisco last Sunday, scoring a season-low six points. Quarterback Russell Wilson has two touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 58.9 completion percentage in four road games this season. Detroit turned the ball over three times in the red zone in Monday’s 13-7 loss at Chicago and did not find the end zone until late in the fourth quarter. The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.

Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5, 47)

Pittsburgh, which is coming off its first road win, has won eight straight inter-conference games and Ben Roethlisberger is 14-1 at home against NFC opponents. And rookie QBs are 1-14 against Dick LeBeau’s intricate zone-blitz schemes since the 75-year-old returned to Pittsburgh in 2004. Redskins TE Fred Davis, who leads the team with 24 receptions, tore his Achilles' tendon in last week’s loss to the Giants. The Redskins filled the void Monday by re-signing eight-year veteran TE Chris Cooley, who was released in the offseason. The teams have played under the total in their last four meetings.

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-1, 42.5)

Brady Quinn will make his second straight start at QB - and first since coach Romeo Crennel appointed him the primary option for the foreseeable future – when the Chiefs seek to end a three-game losing streak against the visiting Oakland Raiders. The Raiders, 0-3 on the road this season, overcame three turnovers and a 20-6 deficit to beat Jacksonville last week. Oakland is 31st in the league in rushing (76.8 ypg) despite having one of the most electrifying tailbacks in the league in Darren McFadden. Run DMC is only averaging 2.6 yards per carry over the last three games. The teams have played under the total in 12 of their last 14 meetings.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (1, 47.5)

Eli Manning pulled off his 24th career fourth-quarter comeback in a win over Washington last Sunday but will be taking on a Cowboys secondary that is the strength of the defense. Dallas knocked off New York in the season opener, 24-17, but may without starting RB DeMarco Murray, who has missed practice this week with a sprained foot. Felix Jones will start if Murray can't suit up. Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar could also see carries for the Cowboys. Dallas is 0-5 ATS in its last five home games.

New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos (-6, 55.5)

The Saints have won two straight after an 0-4 start and welcome back interim coach Joe Vitt, who finished serving a suspension for his role in Bountygate. The Broncos enjoyed their bye week following a 35-24 comeback victory at San Diego on Oct. 15 and will try to take advantage of the Saints' NFL-worst defense which has allowed 2,793 yards through six games, the most in NFL history since at least 1950. Denver CB Tracy Porter, who played four seasons in New Orleans (2008-11), missed the San Diego game after experiencing light-headedness and a rapid heartbeat - symptoms he felt prior to a seizure in August - but could be cleared to play Sunday. The over is 10-1 in the Saints’ last 11 games overall.

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10/28/2012 09:16 AM

NFL weather watch: Wet and windy on the East Coast

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-1, 38.5)

Site: MetLife Stadium

Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the high-50s with a 70 percent chance of rain. Winds will blow out of the north at 14 mph.

Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears (-7.5, 42.5)

Site: Soldier Field

Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the high-40s with a 30 percent chance of rain. Winds will be strong out of the north at 20 mph.

San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns (4, 43.5)

Site: Cleveland Browns Stadium

Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the high-40s with a 95 percent chance of showers. Winds will blow out of the north at 20 mph.

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (-3, 42.5)

Site: Lincoln Financial Field

Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the high-50s with a 100 percent of rain. Winds will blow out of the north at 14 mph.

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10/28/2012 09:22 AM

NFL

Week 8

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Falcons at Eagles: What bettors need to know
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Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (-3, 43.5)

The Philadelphia Eagles had the bye week to get acquainted with a new defensive coordinator. Todd Bowles’ first test comes on Sunday afternoon, when the Eagles host the last unbeaten team in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons. Philadelphia’s defense has not gotten much help from the offense and quarterback Michael Vick, who has committed 13 turnovers through the first six games and has had to fight off calls for his removal from the starting lineup. The Falcons rank fourth in the NFL with 17 takeaways and are strong against the pass. Quarterback Matt Ryan had a rough start before the bye against Oakland but is completing nearly 68 percent of his passes while guiding the sixth-ranked scoring offense in the NFL.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX.

LINE: Eagles -3, O/U: 43.5.

WEATHER: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the mid-50s and a 95 percent chance of rain. Winds will blow out of the north at 15 mph.

ABOUT THE EAGLES (3-3): Head coach Andy Reid is 13-0 after a bye week, the longest winning streak since bye weeks were introduced. But this time he has had to oversee a change on the defensive side of the ball after firing Juan Castillo and promoting Bowles from the secondary. The breakdowns on defense through the first six games were usually of the crushing variety, as Philadelphia squandered fourth-quarter leads in each of its last two setbacks. Castillo’s dismissal has helped deflect attention away from the offense during the bye. The Eagles rank 30th in the NFL in scoring offense despite sitting in the middle of the pack in yardage. Turnovers are the difference. Philadelphia’s minus-9 differential is at the bottom of the pack. Vick has been a big part of that and will be facing Atlanta for the third time since being released by the team following his arrest on dogfighting charges. The former face of the Falcons was knocked out with a concussion in the third quarter of last season’s meeting, a 35-31 loss on Sept. 18.

ABOUT THE FALCONS (6-0): Atlanta has benefited from a forgiving schedule and has had to eke out victories at home over Denver, Carolina and Oakland. Ryan threw all six of his interceptions in the three games before the bye but has done enough late in games to keep his team perfect in the win column. Ryan’s complement of targets will be a difficult test for Bowles and the Philadelphia secondary. Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White and Julio Jones each have four touchdown catches. The Falcons’ weak spot is one the Eagles have the capability to exploit - rushing defense. Atlanta has surrendered an average of 143.8 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground and will likely again be without tackle Corey Peters, who was removed from the reserve/non-football injury list but has not been activated.

TRENDS:

* Falcons are 1-5 ATS in their last six games in Philadelphia.
* Over is 4-1-1 in Eagles’ last six home games.
* Under is 4-1 in Falcons’ last five games overall.
* Eagles are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. With a victory on Sunday, Atlanta coach Mike Smith would pass Dan Reeves (49) for the most wins in team history.

2. The Falcons overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter of last season’s meeting as Ryan threw four TD passes.

3. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy has one TD. He led the NFL with 17 rushing scores in 2011


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10/28/2012 09:24 AM

NFL

Week 8

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Giants at Cowboys: What bettors need to know
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New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (1, 48)

The Dallas Cowboys seemed to make a statement with a season-opening win over the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Since then, it has been the Giants making the statements on the field. New York enters the rematch in first place in the NFC East and riding a three-game winning streak. Eli Manning pulled off his 24th career fourth-quarter comeback in a win over the Washington Redskins last Sunday but will be taking on a Cowboys secondary that is the strength of the defense.

That unit is coming off a strong performance against the Carolina Panthers but could be under more strain with linebacker Sean Lee’s absence weakening the front seven. Lee, the team’s leading tackler, was placed on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on his toe. Dallas will be trying to beat the Giants at home for the first time since opening its new stadium.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX.

LINE: Giants -1, O/U 48

ABOUT THE GIANTS (5-2): New York has taken three straight at Cowboys Stadium and Manning is 5-2 in his last seven starts against the Cowboys. But one of those two setbacks came in the season opener, when the Giants were held to 269 total yards and the defense was burned for a pair of long touchdown passes by Tony Romo. Manning tried for some fourth-quarter magic and managed to cut it to 24-17 with a touchdown pass but could not get the ball back in the final 2:36. That would have been plenty of time for the Super Bowl MVP, who needed only two plays to hit Victor Cruz with the 77-yard game-winning touchdown last weekend. Manning threw for 400 yards at Dallas in 2011, leading a pair of touchdown drives in the final 3:41 to pull out the 37-34 triumph. The New York defense had some trouble with Robert Griffin III last Sunday and has struggled to keep Romo in the pocket in the past.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (3-3): A win on Sunday would clinch the head-to-head tiebreaker in Dallas’ favor and give the team a much-needed momentum boost with back-to-back road games at Atlanta and Philadelphia looming over the next two weeks. If the Cowboys survive this stretch, they will have five of the final seven games at home to pad their playoff resume. The thought of a playoff berth was far from reality in Weeks 4 and 6, when Dallas sandwiched its bye week by allowing a combined 65 points to the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens. The Cowboys managed to tighten things up and get back to .500 against Cam Newton and the Panthers last Sunday, forcing a pair of turnovers and relying on Dan Bailey’s leg to win it. The loss of Lee could be crushing for the defense, which will shift Dan Connor into the starting lineup. Dallas could also be without starting running back DeMarco Murray, who has missed practice this week with a sprained foot.

TRENDS:

* Underdog is 6-1 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Under is 7-1 in Cowboys’ last eight vs. NFC opponents.
* Under is 5-0 in Giants’ last five road games.
* Cowboys are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Manning needs three touchdown passes to break Phil Simms’ franchise record of 199.

2. Felix Jones will start in place of Murray. Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar could also see carries for the Cowboys.

3. Romo has posted a passer rating over 100 in each of his last five games against New York.


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10/28/2012 09:27 AM

NFL

Week 8

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Sunday Night Football: Saints at Broncos
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New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos (-6, 54.5)

There will be more footballs than oxygen in the thin air of Denver when the Broncos host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. New Orleans, led by quarterback Drew Brees, has the No. 1 passing offense in the NFL, while Denver and Peyton Manning are fourth. The Saints have won two straight after an 0-4 start and welcome back interim coach Joe Vitt, who finished serving a suspension for his role in Bountygate. The Broncos enjoyed their bye week following a 35-24 comeback victory at San Diego on Oct. 15 and will try to take advantage of the Saints' NFL-worst defense which has allowed 2,793 yards through six games, the most in NFL history since at least 1950.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC.

LINE: Broncos -6, O/U 54.5

WEATHER: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the mid-40s under partly cloudy skies. Winds will be light out of the west.

ABOUT THE SAINTS (2-4): Brees threw four touchdown passes in New Orleans' 35-28 victory at Tampa Bay last week. The Saints are trying to become the second team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to reach the playoffs after starting 0-4, but they'll have to become more balanced on offense. New Orleans is last in the league at 76.2 rushing yards per game. Remarkably, though, its one-dimensional attack hasn't led to Brees getting pummeled by opposing defenses. He has been sacked 12 times, tied for the eighth-lowest total in the NFL. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who is appealing his Bountygate suspension, played his first game last week after recovering from a knee injury and broke up a pass and had a knockdown.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (3-3): Manning, who has 14 touchdowns and four interceptions - three in the first quarter against Atlanta - has a passer rating of 105.0, well above his 95.2 career number. While Manning is the key to Denver making the playoffs, the secondary will likely determine whether the Broncos win Sunday. While 11-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey continues to play at the highest level, he will need plenty of help to slow down Brees and Co. Cornerback Tracy Porter, though, missed the San Diego game after experiencing light-headedness and a rapid heartbeat - symptoms he also felt prior to a seizure in August. Porter, who played four seasons with New Orleans (2008-11), has yet to receive clearance to play Sunday.

TRENDS:

* Over is 5-0 in Saints’ last five road games.
* Over is 10-1 in Saints’ last 11 games overall.
* Broncos are 0-5 ATS in their last five Week 8 games.
* Saints are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a win.
* Over is 4-1 in Broncos’ last five games following a win.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Brees and Manning last met in Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, 2010, when New Orleans defeated Indianapolis 31-17.

2. Aaron Kromer, who served as Saints interim coach with Vitt gone and suspended coach Sean Peyton sitting out the season, returns to his role as offensive line coach.

3. Denver leads the series 7-2 and has won three straight, including a 34-32 victory in the last meeting in 2008 when Brees was 39-of-48 for 421 yards and a touchdown.


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10/28/2012 09:27 AM

NFL

Week 8

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Sunday Night Football: Saints at Broncos
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New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos (-6, 54.5)

There will be more footballs than oxygen in the thin air of Denver when the Broncos host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. New Orleans, led by quarterback Drew Brees, has the No. 1 passing offense in the NFL, while Denver and Peyton Manning are fourth. The Saints have won two straight after an 0-4 start and welcome back interim coach Joe Vitt, who finished serving a suspension for his role in Bountygate. The Broncos enjoyed their bye week following a 35-24 comeback victory at San Diego on Oct. 15 and will try to take advantage of the Saints' NFL-worst defense which has allowed 2,793 yards through six games, the most in NFL history since at least 1950.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC.

LINE: Broncos -6, O/U 54.5

WEATHER: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the mid-40s under partly cloudy skies. Winds will be light out of the west.

ABOUT THE SAINTS (2-4): Brees threw four touchdown passes in New Orleans' 35-28 victory at Tampa Bay last week. The Saints are trying to become the second team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to reach the playoffs after starting 0-4, but they'll have to become more balanced on offense. New Orleans is last in the league at 76.2 rushing yards per game. Remarkably, though, its one-dimensional attack hasn't led to Brees getting pummeled by opposing defenses. He has been sacked 12 times, tied for the eighth-lowest total in the NFL. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who is appealing his Bountygate suspension, played his first game last week after recovering from a knee injury and broke up a pass and had a knockdown.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (3-3): Manning, who has 14 touchdowns and four interceptions - three in the first quarter against Atlanta - has a passer rating of 105.0, well above his 95.2 career number. While Manning is the key to Denver making the playoffs, the secondary will likely determine whether the Broncos win Sunday. While 11-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey continues to play at the highest level, he will need plenty of help to slow down Brees and Co. Cornerback Tracy Porter, though, missed the San Diego game after experiencing light-headedness and a rapid heartbeat - symptoms he also felt prior to a seizure in August. Porter, who played four seasons with New Orleans (2008-11), has yet to receive clearance to play Sunday.

TRENDS:

* Over is 5-0 in Saints’ last five road games.
* Over is 10-1 in Saints’ last 11 games overall.
* Broncos are 0-5 ATS in their last five Week 8 games.
* Saints are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a win.
* Over is 4-1 in Broncos’ last five games following a win.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Brees and Manning last met in Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, 2010, when New Orleans defeated Indianapolis 31-17.

2. Aaron Kromer, who served as Saints interim coach with Vitt gone and suspended coach Sean Peyton sitting out the season, returns to his role as offensive line coach.

3. Denver leads the series 7-2 and has won three straight, including a 34-32 victory in the last meeting in 2008 when Brees was 39-of-48 for 421 yards and a touchdown.


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