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The Giants must guard against overconfidence coming into their highly anticipated week five show down with Bill Parcels and the Dallas Cowboys. Did we just say that? Giants and overconfidence were two words that we hardly expected to put in the same sentence earlier this season, but the Giants are 3-1 and, if you listen to WFAN, you’d think that this is the second coming of the Parcells teams of the eighties.

Anyway this should be a good game. Finally the Giants Cowboys rivalry has some juice again. The coaches have a long history and are still friendly off the field. (Giants coach Tom Coughlin was an assistant under Parcells when he was the coach of the Giants in the late eighties and early nineties and the two won a Super Bowl together in 1990.)

Both coaches feature ancient quarterbacks who are enjoying surprisingly good seasons, but the Giants suddenly boast the N.F.C.’s leading rusher in Tiki Barber. Barber also leads the N.F.L. in all purpose yards and has been one of the primary reasons for the Giants’ strong start.

Another reason for the Giants’ success has been the play of its defense that has forced and N.F.L.-best 13 turnovers while the offense has only turned the ball over three times. That’s a plus 10 turnover ratio ladies and gents and that’ll help win some ball games.

If the defense plays well and Tiki and Kurt Warner make some plays the Giants could be 4-1 headed into their bye week, which is more than even the most optimistic Giants fan could have imagined.

Alright to the real business at hand: the Cowboys are at home and are 3.5 point favorites. Again, we at Gothamist like the Giants, but not as much as last week. Maybe look to some of the other games to make a play on. We at Gothamist like the Vikings giving 4 in Houston. As always, good luck to all the degenerates who waste their money wagering on pro football.