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Giants News: Cowboys Elliott Receives Six-Game Suspension

Well Giants fans, we thought the Week-1 match versus the Dallas Cowboys would be softened up a bit with Ezekiel Elliott possibly not playing. Then the news comes down the pipe … Ezekiel Elliott gets a six-game suspension over a long investigation over domestic violence.

But wait … don’t jump up and down with joy yet. Elliott will be able to play against the G-Men this Sunday, before the suspension is initiated. What the heck is that all about? That doesn’t seem fair at all.

So why is this happening? It was reported that Harold Henderson was under a 4 PM Tuesday, September 5th deadline to make a ruling, otherwise, the Dallas Cowboys star running back would be eligible to play against the Giants no matter what the outcome. The problem with this is that the NFL leaked that no such deadline exists. Now, depending on who you talk to there was either always such a deadline, or never a deadline.

“As his designated Hearing Officer in this matter, my responsibility is to determine whether the Commissioner’s decision on discipline of Mr. Elliott is arbitrary and capricious, meaning was it made on unreasonable grounds or without any proper consideration of circumstances. It is not the responsibility, nor within the authority of, the Hearing Officer to conduct a de novo review of the case and second guess his decision. Rather, the review is to determine whether the player was afforded adequate notice of his alleged violation, the right to representation, opportunity to present evidence, and a decision which is fair and consistent. In a case involving violation of a policy, fair and consistent means whether the process and result were in compliance with the terms of that policy. This one is, in every respect. – Elliot’s Hearing Officer

This all gets even more confounding because just like Tom Brady played the entire 2015 season under injunction for Deflategate, Ezekiel Elliott still has a good chance at getting bailed out as well.

So how fast can getting a little extra help at winning the NFC East go down the tubes? Just about the same amount of time it takes to file an injunction.

Sunday Night’s Game

In the wake of this news, the betting odds for the Giants vs. Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday Night Football have taken another step towards Dallas favoritism. The lines actually opened at 5.5 but were bet all the way down to 3.5 … and now almost universally the lines have moved to 4 points and I wouldn’t surprised to see the line inch a little further away from the Giants.

This is actually a good thing. Teams know when they are favored to win and if the lines keep moving it might get into the players’ heads—we’re expected to win. Just a slight underestimation is all it takes and perhaps Giants can catch the Cowboys sleeping.

This news gets even better for those of us who want to place a few bucks on the Giants this weekend review the odds at BetOnline before placing any action. We know that these teams always play each-other tough. The Cowboys only have a 1-game advantage since 1992. The Cowboys have taken 26 games and the Giants 25. They basically duke it out each season, trading wins. However, the Giants are on a 4-0 run against the Cowboys against the spread. Giving the G-men a four-point line against the Cowboys … I’ll take that all day!

It’s going to be a brutal game for the Giants-Cowboys opener. Whoever wins is only squeaking through by the margin of a field goal. With that in mind and the betting lines back up to four points, expect the Giants to cover the spread Sunday.

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