Monday Night Football Week 10: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants – Free Betting Preview and Prediction
The Bengals head to the Meadowlands to take on the Giants on Monday Night in a game that is of vital importance for both teams. Divisional crown aspirations will be tough for both teams, but every game counts towards a potential Wild Card spot as the season whines down.
The Giants initially opened at -3 favorites. However, since that time, the odds have moved to a pk. It’s quite the line move. Reverse line movement is in play here with over 60 percent of wagers being placed on the G-Men, but the odds heading in the opposite direction. As of this writing, the odds at BetOnline are Bengals pk (-113) and Giants pk (-107).
About 60 percent of wagers have come in on the under in this game. Despite that, the total has moved up from a 46-opening number to 47.5 at most sportsbooks. As of this writing, the odds at BetOnline Over 47.5 (-113) and Under 47.5 (-107).
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The Bengals – Looking to Stay Alive in AFC North
After winning the division last year, Cincinnati’s 2016-17 season has not gone as planned so far. The Bengals have just one win in their last four games, and that came against the winless Browns. They were on a bye in Week 9, with their last game ending as in 27-27 tie on October 30th against the Redskins.The tie put their record at 3-4-1.
Cincy’s offense has been above-average this season. It’s their defense that is responsible for their subpar start. Their secondary has been awful, and they’ve had plenty of injury issues. Starting linebacker Ray Maualuga will be out this week with a leg injury, leaving them even more shorthanded than usual.
The Giants – Righting The Ship
New York won their first two games of the season before dropping their next three games. Since then, they have won three straight games, including a 28-23 victory over the division rival, Eagles, last week. The win moved them to 5-3 on the season and second in the NFC East.
The Giants finally got it going offensively, and it’s about time. Their defense has been one of the most underrated units in the NFL so far and if their offense can continue to produce – this will be a dangerous team. It’s Eli Manning who has played better as of late and given the offense a spark after a terrible start to the season.
The Giants seem like the play in this game, at least on paper, but we can’t ignore the significant line movement from -3 to what is a now a pk. Also, it’s fair to note that while New York’s offense has played a lot better offensively as of late, it’s been awful for much of the season. It would not shock me to see them lay an egg tonight, even against a banged-up defense.
The strength for the Giants is their defense, but they have struggled mightily to cover tight ends this season. Tyler Eifert went for over 100 yards and a score last week and is fully recovered from injury. He will be a matchup nightmare in this game and one that could be a difference maker.
The slow pace of New York’s offense and their hot and cold nature puts them in a troubling spot if they should fall behind in this game. Even in a premier matchup, they’re tough to trust. It would have been great to get this one at Cincinnati +3, but I still think the Bengals are the sharp side at pk.
Pick: Bengals pk