Thursday, October 16, 2014

Key Stats for NFL Week 7 Matchups: Divisional Trap Games

As part of an ongoing weekly series for Sporting Charts I take a look at some key stats and trends for a trio of matchups on each Sunday's NFL slate. This week there are three division leaders that face a potential trap game within their division including the NFC East showdown between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys.

Seeing how the Eagles rolled-over the Giants last Sunday night at the Linc and Dallas extended its current winning streak to five games with an impressive win over the Seahawks in Seattle, you might draw the conclusion that the Cowboys are a virtual lock to move to 6-1 on the year with a victory this Sunday.

The first thing you need to remember is that there is no such thing as a "lock" when it comes to the NFL or any sporting event for that matter. The other thing that you need to keep in mind is that other than Seattle, the Cowboys other four wins have come against teams with a combined record of 8-14. In reality, Dallas should win this game, but given the heated rivalry between these two teams, New York's ability to play really well when it puts its mind to it, and the Cowboys tendency to shoot themselves in the foot at the worst possible time, I would not bet on it.

For a look at all three of my divisional trap games this week please go to Sporting Charts at the following link:

Key Stats for NFL Week 7 Matchups: Divisional Trap Games

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