The Dallas Cowboys beat their division rival New York Giants by the score of 37-18.They started the game off a bit rusty but cruised to an easy victory once they got back up to game speed.

Cowboys crush the Giants; Vikings up next

Jason Garret and the Cowboys are close to clinching. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys beat their division rival New York Giants by the score of 37-18.They started the game off a bit rusty but cruised to an easy victory once they got back up to game speed.

Recap

The Cowboys turned the ball over on their 2nd play of the game, which led to a quick 3-point deficit but they quickly rallied and took control of the game right before the end of the first half. Once they got the lead, they never gave it up and earned another divisional victory.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was 22/35 for 257 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception.He connected with 6 different receivers, who were led by Pro Bowl receiver Amari Cooper.Cooper had 4 catches for 80 yards, which included a 45-yard touchdown strike with about 8 minutes left in the game that broke the Giants back. 2nd year receiver Michael Gallup only caught 2 balls but one was an amazing 15-yard catch and run down the sideline for touchdown.

Super Star Ezekiel Elliott had his best rushing game of the year.He carried the ball 23 times for 139 yards and averaged 6 yards a carry.He was held to zero catches and zero touchdowns, but once again he was the driving force of the offense.

Dallas improves to (5-3) and most importantly is now (4-0) in the division, which has them all-alone in 1st place of the NFC East.

3 Things to Watch For

1.Ezekiel Elliott (Running Back): It is very simple, when Zeke touches the ball 20+ times a game the Cowboys tend to win more than if he doesn't.This week he will be up solid run defense in the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas will need to get creative in getting him his touches.

2.Michael Gallup (Wide Receiver): Didn't have a big game this past week but made a huge play where he showcased his running ability as he tight roped the sideline before he scored a touchdown.He should have plenty of chances as the Viking defense will be keying on #1 receiver Amari Cooper.

3.Jaylon Smith and Sean Lee (Linebackers): With the health of their best defensive player Leighton Vander Esch up in the air, it is up to Smith and Lee to contain the current NFL's leading rusher Dalvin Cook.The Vikings rely on him the way the Cowboys do with Zeke.If they can stop Cook, they will certainly have a chance at getting another win.

Coming Up

The Dallas Cowboys (5-3) will be at home Sunday night taking on the Minnesota Vikings (6-3) at AT&T Stadium (AKA:Jerry's World) in Arlington, Texas.Kickoff is set for 7:20 pm Central Time.This is going to be an interesting game because both teams are very similar.They both like to take control by running the ball with their stud running backs and then come over the top with the playmaking receivers.Luckily for Dallas, the Vikings are (2-3) on the road this year.

If you have any fantasy players, the only must start players are:

Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott (RB), Amari Cooper (WR), Dak Prescott (QB), Michael Gallup (WR)

Vikings: Dalvin Cook (RB), Kirk Cousins (WR), Stefon Diggs (WR)

For you gamblers out there, the Cowboys are currently -3 and the over/under is 47.5.This is a pretty even matchup and I don't think I could take the Cowboys at anything over.I think the over is the way to go again.The over has hit in three of the last four games the Cowboys have played.

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For the past few days, we've heard and read baseball analysts predicting who'll win the World Series, our Houston Astros or the Atlanta Braves. It's usually the same tired cliche ... the Astros (or Braves) … "in six."

For the record, the World Series has been decided "in six" only four times in the past quarter-century.

First, these experts are no better than you, me or a chimp hurling feces at photos of Orbit or Chief Noc-A-Homa. Predictions on sports shows are just a time-killer before the hosts turn it over to the midday guy.

Those pre-game, former-player hosts on Fox, TBS and MLB Network couldn't be more boring and just plain silly. They're trying too hard. A-Rod is creepy, Big Papi isn't funny and Frank Thomas just sits there worrying about his hormone levels. I can't even name the host on Fox. On top of that, they were wrong on the Red Sox beating the Astros.

I remember walking into the living room where my father was watching a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. The Browns scored and my father pumped his fist, "All right!" I asked him, "Why are you rooting for the Browns? We live in New Jersey."

He said, "I always root for the team farther east." It made as much sense as anything else he ever said. Another time he was watching a political debate between candidates for mayor of New York City. One of the candidates said the word "either" and pronounced it "eye-ther." My father was put off by his uppity pronunciation and said, "That's it, I can't vote for that guy now."

I thought, how about the fact we don't live in New York City and there's zero chance you're registered to vote anywhere, anyhow?

For the record, Pittsburgh is farther east than Cleveland. My father was never a "I'll take geography for $600" guy.

Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale reportedly has bet $3.35 million on the Astros to win the World Series and stands to win $35.6 million if they do. It would be the biggest haul in the history of legal sports gambling in America.

Mattress Mack told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "I will never in my life bet against the Houston Astros. It's loyalty. And I'm loyal to the Houston Astros."

It's as good a reason as any. I will bet you $3.25 dollars that Mattress Mack can't name the Astros centerfielder.

Here's my World Series prediction, and if you've been following SportsMap you know I've been riding the Astros since spring training.

The Astros in 4. You know why the Astros will sweep? It's because they're just gonna. No analytical rhyme or reason. They're just gonna.

The Astros are a better story than the Braves. Just like it took a whole year before the Chicago Black Sox were found guilty and punished for throwing the 1919 World Series, it took years for the Astros' cheating ways of 2017 to be prosecuted. This is the Astros first venture onto baseball's grandest stage since the sign-stealing scandal went public.

The Astros are on a revenge mission to prove they can win fair and square. The team, especially the five holdovers from 2017, are seeking, not forgiveness, but vindication and respect. And they're reveling in wearing black hats.

The Astros are a curious lot. Will Dusty Baker, a toothpick-chewing, surgical glove-wearing "cool 72-year-old" be back next year? Does owner Jim Crane have the business testicles to let clutch-hitting team leader Carlos Correa sign with another team? What to do with high-priced veterans who haven't helped a lick this season?

In their own villainous way, the Astros are the glamour team in the 2021 World Series. Baseball needs a headline-grabbing Series to get back on track as the national pastime (although that door probably closed decades ago). A dismal, dull affair (credit: Jagger-Richards) with the Braves winning is the last thing baseball needs.

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