ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
It’s that time of week. Time to man up and make your pick for this week’s game. Get it right, and you’ll be the toast of the town, until a jealous Mississippi State official sells you out to the press and says anyone can have you for the right price. Your reputation will be in tatters. Gambler Of the Year Voters shall shun you. Your girlfriend will angrily confront you and demand to know if you’re REALLY the man she came to love. Get it wrong, and you’re just another failed Auburn student. Here we go:
Peter King: Giants 30, Cowboys 10. “The score would have been worse with Wade on the sidelines.” Kinda wish he was still there now.
Ten of Ten ESPN Experts: Giants.
Bill Simmons: Cowboys. “I'm picking the Cowboys to cover only because my TRAP GAME! sign is blinking.”
Michael Silver: Giants.
96% Of Yahoo! Users: Giants.
Pete Prisco (CBS): Giants.
Andy (Cowboys fan I know): Cowboys 30, Giants 20. (“They practiced in full pads! I always like teams that play right after the surprise full pads practice. It never fails.”)
Index Card I Threw Up In The Air With The Name Of Each Team On Either Side, Seeing Which Team Would Land Face Up: Cowboys (Index Card record: 4-4)
The Wife: Giants.
Me: A team like Dallas, whose season is effectively over, can always be subject to the delightful Dead Team Bounce, in which a team with nothing to play for ends up winning a few games at the end of the year anyway. It doesn’t mean much. It’s an illusion. But the Cowboys are just as liable to experience it as any other team. With Garrett coaching his first game and everyone picking the Giants, I woudn’t be shocked at all to see Dallas pull this out. But yeah, I’m not dumb enough to actually pick them. Giants close. GIANTS 10, COWBOYS 6.
Yours in the comments.