NFL Week 2: MNF – Lions at Giants
It’s been a rough start to the season so far, as we went just 1-2 this weekend, grabbing a win with the Colts +7.5, but losing the Jets +14 and Falcons +3. Tonight’s game has a low total but will give the Lions a chance to start 2-0. On the other side, the Giants look to avoid a 0-2 start.
Detroit Lions +3(-105) at New York Giants -3(-115) Total: 42
The Lions started the season off with a bang, scoring 35 points in a 35-23 comeback victory against visiting Arizona in Week 1. Tonight’s contest will be a much stiffer test for Matt Stafford and the Detroit offense against a New York defense that expects to be one of the top units in the NFC.
New York pitifully started the season, losing 19-3 at Dallas in the Week 1 edition of Sunday Night Football. Eli Manning looked inaccurate as usual and though the defense did manage to hold the Cowboys to just 19 points – the Giants couldn’t seem to move the ball without Odell Beckham.
Beckham pretended like he had a chance to play last week after he injured his ankle in a preseason game back on Aug. 21. He said the timetable was 6-8 weeks with the injury, but there are reports that he has a “good chance” to play in tonight’s game.
New York opened the game at -5, but have been bet down from -5 to -3 after early heavy action from Lions’ backers. Currently, at Bovada the odds are Lions +3 (-105) and Giants -3 (-115). The total opened at 43 points and is now at 42 points at most sportsbooks. Bovada has the odds at o42 (-115) and u42 (-105).
It’s tough to consider betting on the Giants with Beckham unsure of playing and how bad Eli looked last week, but the Lions are perhaps getting a bit too much credit in this one. Arizona does not look like a good football team. They narrowly beat the Colts this Sunday, in a game that went to overtime.
Stafford carving up the Cardinals in Week 1 may end up not being that impressive after a few weeks of football. The Lions face a tough matchup tonight against a far better defense.
As for the Giants and Manning? Well, even if Beckham doesn’t play – I like their chances of getting a victory. Although it was just preseason, the Lions defense looked awful in limited action. They were fortunate enough to face Carson Palmer (who is turning someone to target every week) in Week 1 and still manage to give up 23 points.