The New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints are set to square off in Monday Night Football betting action this week at the Louisiana Superdome. But before you make your NFL picks for the big game on Monday, check out some of the great NFL betting trends that we have for the duel!
New York Giants Notes: It really could be panic time for the Giants. They are starting off Sunday a half game back of the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East, and they are a game and a half back of the Detroit Lions for the last Wild Card spot in the conference as well. A loss in this one could make matters very difficult for New York, as 6-5 through 11 games might end up forcing this team to win out just to get into the playoffs. There definitely is some good news from the standpoint of Big Blue. They have covered four games in a row on Monday Night Football, and they are 30-14 ATS in their last 44 games played away from the Meadowlands.
QB Eli Manning has tossed four picks in his last three games, and in those three duels, he has two games in which he has completed just 51 percent of his passes. That just isn’t going to get the job done, especially against this high flying New Orleans offense. Manning does have 2,952 passing yards this year and a relatively solid 18/9 TD/INT ratio, but his numbers have been declining rapidly over the course of the last few weeks, and he has to keep those stats up to have any chance to pull off the upset in this game.
Of course, part of Manning’s problem is that he hasn’t had a full set of receivers to work with at really any given point this year. WR Domenik Hixon is out for the year with a knee injury, and both WR Mario Manningham and WR Hakeem Nicks have missed time on the campaign. Both are expected to play on Monday, though there are a number of players that cannot say the same. RBs Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware are both questionable, and neither is likely to play. LB Michael Boley is also listed as questionable.
New Orleans Saints Notes: A bye week last week was well timed for the Saints after a long 10 straight weeks without one off. Now, QB Drew Brees and the gang will continue their offensive onslaught. New Orleans has covered four straight games here at the Superdome, and it is 5-0 ATS in its last five games played on field turf. Week 12 has been kind to the Saints, as they are 6-1 ATS over the course of the last seven years in this week. A victory will keep the Saints atop the NFC South for sure, as they enter this weekend a game up on the rest of the field in the division. However, New Orleans has its sights set on a first round bye in the playoffs, something that becomes a heck of a lot more possible this week with the San Francisco 49ers having lost on Thanksgiving Day.
RB Darren Sproles just keeps finding ways to have a positive impact on his team. The 5’6″ back is the perfect man for this New Orleans offense, as he can run the ball a handful of times per game, cut it outside, and act as a great check down target. As a result, he has 348 rushing yards, 448 receiving yards, 635 kick return yards, and 176 punt return yards. He has six total touchdowns in his 10 games, and he continues to be one of the most effective players in one of the best offenses that the game has to offer.
Depth at running back is a bit of an issue and has been for two straight years for the Saints. RB Mark Ingra, is back in the lineup, but RB Chris Ivory has a hamstring injury that could keep him sidelined. LB Jonathan Vilma has a knee injury, and DE Turk McBride has an ankle injury. Aside from that though, there aren’t a heck of a lot of injuries to report for the men in black and gold.
Head To Head: These two teams met two years ago in this venue, and the Giants got absolutely crippled 48-27. New Orleans has won three of the last four both SU and ATS, and in the last two games played here at the Superdome, the hosts have scored a total of 93 points. The favorites are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings of these two NFC rivals, and the home team is also 6-1 ATS in the last seven. Though we have talked about a slew of points scored by the Saints, the ‘under’ actually has cashed more often than the ‘over’ of late when these two meet. The ‘under’ is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings.
Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.