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Arizona's day in the sun?

Oct 12, 2008 7:07 PM

by Mark Mayer | Mention the Dallas Cowboys in Arizona and you’d see a rare sellout crowd mostly there to root for Big D to win. That may not be the case this year as the 3-2 Cardinals would seem to have the weapons on paper to both win over their crowd and stay with the oddsmakers’ favorite to reach the Super Bowl. Dallas is 5-1 at both Lucky’s and Hilton, while Caesars Palace lists the Cowboys at 3-1. Meanwhile you can get Arizona as high as 40-1 at Lucky’s.

The Cowboys-Cardinals matchup (1:15 p.m. locally) highlights a 14-game Week 6 slate in the NFL that includes the Monday night game at Cleveland between the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants and the Browns. Unbeaten New York opened as a 7-point favorite and has climbed to 8. Favorites own a 40-31-1 edge over underdogs for the season. Last week was a push at 7-7.

There are five games on the docket today where favorites are spotting at least a touchdown. New Orleans is a 7-point home favorite against Oakland, the New York Jets are a 9½-point chalk over winless Cincinnati and the Minnesota Vikings are a 13½-point favorite over Detroit, which will be without QB Jon Kitna. Former Connecticut star Dan Orlovsky will start.

Also, the Washington Redskins are a 13-point favorite over the winless St. Louis Rams. The fifth major favorite is the Giants. The greatest line movements during the week involve the Ravens-Colts matchup in Indianapolis and the Packers-Seahawks clash in Seattle. Baltimore opened as a 6½-point underdog against the Colts and the line fell to just 3½. Green Bay opened as a 1-point road favorite and is currently a 1-point underdog.

Last week the four teams favored by at least six points went 2-1-1 against the number. Home teams were just 6-8 straight up.