Monday, Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Pointspread: New York -3.5
Total Line: 46.5
Minnesota comes into this Monday night NFC clash with just one straight-up victory in its first five games that has it firmly entrenched in the basement of the NFC North. This has been a far cry from last year’s 10-6 mark and run to the playoffs, but not completely unexpected given some of the smoke and mirrors behind that performance. The Vikings are 2-3 against the spread and the total has gone OVER in all five games behind a defense that is allowing an average of 31.6 points a game.
The big news for the Vikings heading into this contest is the debut of Josh Freeman as the team’s new starting quarterback. After an abrupt fallout in Tampa Bay, the five-year veteran will get a second chance to prove he can be a legitimate starter in this league. Minnesota’s passing game to date is ranked 21st in the NFL with an average of 222 yards a game. Even its vaunted running game behind Adrian Peterson has struggled a bit with an average of 116.4 yards a game. It will be a tall task for a rusty Freeman to change things all that much on Monday night.
The Giants’ turnover ratio of -16 has contributed heavily to a stunning 0-6 SU start in which they have been outscored by a combined 106 points. New York has been costly to wager on as well with a 1-5 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in four of the six games primarily because of a defense that is ranked last in the NFL in points allowed (34.8).
The key to turning things around starts with All-Pro quarterback Eli Manning. The Giants are ranked eighth in the league in passing behind his 1,721 yards, but he has a league-high 15 interceptions and he has been sacked 16 times. The lone bright spot in this whole scenario is the fact that he is proven commodity and can only play better from this point on. This is also true of the team as a whole as New York has a past history of circling the wagons to turn things around.
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Both these teams are in desperate need of a win, but the edge in this matchup still goes to the Giants especially at the quarterback position. Look for Eli to clean up his act in front of a prime time audience this Monday night to lead his team to its first win of the year.
New York 28 Minnesota 17
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