Arizona Cardinals (6-1 SU, 5-2 ATS) vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-2 SU, 5-3 ATS)
NFL Week 9
Date and Time: Sunday, November 2, 1:00pm EST
Where:AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
by Bob, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: ARI +4.5/DAL -4.5
Over/Under Total: 48
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This Sunday at 1:00pm, tune into Fox and check out an NFC contest with huge playoff implications. The 6-1 Arizona Cardinals will travel to Dallas to take on the 6-2 Cowboys. Arizona sits on top of the NFC West division, while the Cowboys lead the NFC Eastern division. This game down the road could not only make or break one these teams playoff chances, but the way they both look now, it could mean home field through the postseason.
Both of these teams have had solid starts to 2014 not overall, but both organizations have also done well against the spread. Arizona sits at5-2 againts the spread, while Dallas is 5-3. The line for this game opens at 4.5 but that is a very suspect line right now. Some and most books have this game off the board due to the injury of Tony Romo that he suffered against the Redskins just Monday night. We will break this game down as if Romo IS PLAYING. If it is announced that he is out for Sunday, all bets are off for this pick. So as we speak, Dallas is a 4.5 favorite and the total points are set at 48.
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For the better part of the last 4-5 years, the Dallas Cowboys have been a running joke in the NFL. Every preseason the national media is all over them and expectations run high. Then in about week 8-10, everything seems to just fall apart and its same ol’ Cowboys going 8-8 and missing the playoffs. This offseason was no different then week one came and the 49ers destroyed Dallas…in Dallas, by a score of 28-17. Trust me, the final score was no indication of the game. San Fran made it look easy for about three quarters, especially on the defensive side. At that moment, everyone was saying, “here we go again” regarding the Cowboys, but then something clicked. Dallas went on to win six games in a row. The success of Dallas was mainly on the running game led by DeMarco Murray, but the defense has actually played better than expected, and Tony Romo like always, did a good job leading the passing game. In order for Dallas to win this game, they need to keep the balanced attack on offense going. Arizona is a tough team defensively, so therefore, Dallas must also limit turnovers.
Before this season even started, I was one of the very few that picked Arizona to win the NFC West. Why would I pick them you ask? First off, Super Bowl champions rarely come out the next season and win big. So I figured a semi down season for Seattle. Secondly, I do not believe in San Francisco. They have a good defense, but I am still convinced that Colin Kaepernick is not a championship QB…I could be wrong, but so far, I am not. Now, back to Arizona. These guys are pretty darn good. The only problem I see is that they kind of remind me of the Kansas City Chiefs of 2013. They are winning games, but they just are not that impressive in doing so. Again, I think these guys keep winning enough to win the NFC West, but I never said they would make a Super Bowl run. Statistically, they are mediocre at best. The Cardinals rank 15th in the NFL in passing, 28th in rushing, and on defense they are dead last in passing defense, allowing over 300 yards a game. The on bright spot for this team though is their run defense. It is ranked 3rd in the entire league. The key to getting this road win is easy. Make Tony Romo throw the ball. If they can shut down Murray and the running game, I see their defense being good enough to make a few plays.
Bob’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Again, I must say this because it is VERY IMPORTANT. I am only basing this pick on the fact that Tony Romo plays this Sunday. If Romo is ruled out, all bets are off, and this game is a no play for me. I will not go into much detail on this one, I like Dallas. Coming off a home loss, I just do not see them doing it again. I like Arizona, but I think this is just one of the games that they lose. I like it to be a hard fight contest to the very end, but I see a 30-24 win for the Cowboys. PICK THE DALLAS COWBOYS -4.5