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Giants vs. Cowboys 2014 Week 12: Giants will be underdogs, again

It comes as no surprise that the Giants will be the underdogs on Sunday night.

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The New York Giants will, of course, be the underdog Sunday night when they host the Dallas Cowboys at Metlife Stadium on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys are currently favored by three points.

Why wouldn't the Cowboys be favored? The Giants are 3-7, have lost five straight, are 0-7 this season against teams with a winning record and lost to Dallas a few weeks ago, 31-21. The 7-3 Cowboys are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East and are coming off a bye week.

NFC East Standings
Philadelphia Eagles 7 3
Dallas Cowboys 7 3
New York Giants 3 7
Washington Redskins 3 7
Facts & Figures

-- Mathematically, the Giants are still alive for a playoff berth although they would have to win out and watch a staggering number of NFC teams collapse down the stretch for that to happen. The Giants' playoff chances are a miniscule 0.5 percent, per Team Rankings projections.

-- In the past three weeks (Week 9-11) Odell Beckham Jr. is second in the NFL in receiving yards (357) and is tied for third in receptions (21). In this three-game span, Beckham is averaging 7 receptions and 119 yards per game.

-- Believe it or not, Beckham has a pretty good shot at setting the franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie. Despite missing four games, Beckham has 463 yards receiving, an average of 77.2 yards per game. The Giants' rookie record is held by Jeremy Shockey, who compiled 894 receiving yards in 2002. Beckham can break the record by averaging 71.2 yards per game the rest of the way. Shockey also holds the rookie record for receptions with 74. Beckham has 31.

-- The Giants have lost five in a row one year after starting 0-6. This is the first time they have had losing streaks of at least five games in consecutive seasons since 2003-04, when they lost eight in a row each year.