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Cowboys Open As Short Favorites Against Giants

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Marion Barber, Tashard Choice and Felix Jones celebrate after scoring a touchdown.
Marion Barber, Tashard Choice and Felix Jones celebrate after scoring a touchdown.

The Dallas Cowboys are 1-4, yet the Vegas sportsbooks have them as short favorites against the 4-2 New York Giants. Dallas opened at -3.5 to -3 at home against the Giants, who have won their last three games.

As the week goes on, the Cowboys may see some action that could move the line closer to -4. Ryan Stetson from covers.com quotes Greg Sindall, oddsmaker at SportsInteraction.com, on how the lines are set in a matchup like this, and why they can still move:

"Setting a line on a public team like the Dallas Cowboys when they are playing like this can be tricky. You know you are going to take action on them because of who they are and the size of their fan base, so you must take that into consideration."

"But at the same time, you have to respect their record and current form. It can be hard to find the right line and with a team that gets as much attention as Dallas, you know if you are off either way, you are going to get one-sided action almost immediately."

Another unlikely favorite who has fallen on hard times are the 2-4 Chargers, who also opened -3.0 at home against the 4-1 Patriots, who are fresh off a big home win against the Ravens. More opening lines for this week's matches after the break.

NFL Schedule, Week 7 2010

Week seven lines are courtesy of footballlocks.com

Time (ET)
Teams Network
1:00 PM CLE @ NO CBS
1:00 PM PIT @ MIA CBS
1:00 PM WAS @ CHI FOX
1:00 PM CIN @ ATL CBS
1:00 PM
PHI @ TEN FOX
1:00 PM SF @ CAR FOX
1:00 PM STL @ TB FOX
1:00 PM BUF @ BAL CBS
1:00 PM JAC @ KC CBS
4:05 PM ARI @ SEA FOX
4:15 PM OAK @ DEN CBS
4:15 PM NE @ SD CBS
8:20 PM MIN @ GB NBC
8:30 PM NYG @ DAL ESPN
Favorite Underdog Spread O/U
NO (4-2)
CLE (1-5)
-13 43
PIT (4-1)
MIA (3-2)
-3.0 40.5
CHI (4-2)
WAS (3-3)
-3.0 40
ATL (4-2)
CIN (2-3)
-3.5 43
TEN (4-2)
PHI (4-2)
-3.0 44
SF (1-5)
CAR (0-5)
-3.0 35
TB (3-2)
STL (3-3)
-3.0 38.5
BAL (4-2)
BUF (0-5)
-13 38
KC (3-2)
JAC (3-3)
-4.5 43.5
SEA (3-2)
ARI (3-2)
-5.5 41
DEN (2-4)
OAK (2-4)
-7.0 42
SD (2-4)
NE (4-1)
-3.0 47
GB (3-3)
MIN (2-3)
-2.5 44.5
DAL (1-4)
NYG (4-2)
-3.0 44.5