Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1 SU, 3-5 ATS) vs. New York Giants (5-3 SU, 4-3 ATS)
NFL Week 10
Date/Time: Monday, November 14th 2016 at 8:30 PM EST
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
by Keith, Expert Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: CIN +2.5/NYG -2.5
Over/Under Total: 44
Monday Night Football will feature a cross-conference clash between the AFC Northís Cincinnati Bengals and the NFC Eastís New York Giants will face off at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey with a 8:30 PM scheduled kick-off. The game is set to be aired on ESPN for national audiences in a primetime spot. Both teams enter on contrasting notes as the Giants come in off their third consecutive win against Philadelphia at home, where the G-Men won 28-23. As for Cincy, the Bengals come in off a 27-27 stalemate draw against Washington in Great Britain, last Sunday. The Bengals are 1-2-1 in their last four contests.
The Bengals have not looked like the playoff team we saw in 2015. The Bengals were off to a searing start at this time last year but this year this franchise has seemingly floundered. The Bengals have perhaps the best receiver in the NFL, in former Georgia Bulldog A.J Green who spearheads a fantastic offense responsible for 395.4 yards per game while averaging 275 passing yards through the air. Nevertheless, the Bengals cannot find the end zone as much as they like as they rank 20th in the league in scoring despite sporting top-six credentials in the aforementioned respective departments. Most of this can be chalked up to the play of their quarterback Andy Dalton who is nothing less than a Jekyll and Hyde rendition on the field. Either Dalton is lights out or he makes too many mistakes and thus the Bengals sit at 3-4-1. The AFC North has been down compared to yearís past as no team has a record above .500, thus the Bengals have a great chance to return to the postseason by virtue of a division title yet again.
The Giants come in off a 28-23 win against their arch-rival the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, preceded by a huge win in Twickenham, England when the Giants took down the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL International Series. The Giantsí offense has been taking steps in the right direction as they are finally utilizing the weapons in their arsenal. The G-Men continue to win and are finally making the most of their players. The potential was there but now the energy has turned kinetic. Given the fact Cincinnati lives and dies by their offense, this is a favorable situation yet again for the Giants to explode. We remain vehement about their receiving corps and the fact that Odell Beckham can potentially exploit a mismatch makes the Giants a tasty play as Cincinnatiís defense is one of the worst against the pass.
We are simply going to keep playing the hot hand and once again attack this situation from the perspective of home field advantage. The Bengals have been out to MetLife Stadium earlier this year when they played the Giantsí roommates, the New York Jets and they escaped barely. The Bengals won by just a point and could have easily lost the game had it not been for the Jets resorting to their usual antics of blowing games late. The Giants are a different team with a different pedigree, seemingly they put teams away when they get the chance. When reflecting on their win at Dallas, the Giants 5-3 record is all the more impressive in hindsight.
This game is likely to be all the more sharp as it is a Monday night game and thus the oddsmakers are likely all over this one. Now with a primetime national audience, the Bengals are the next unit up to wade in to the murky and intimidating environment of MetLife Stadium. Once again this narrative is the compelling vantage to spot the home points. When taking this position, we have generated a lot of success and would say we donít need to reinvent the wheel here if it continues to work. The Giants are proven to be a strong at MetLife Stadium, the Bengals are .500 on the road. We are going to go ahead and call for the Giants to continue on and cover yet again at home, extending their win streak to four.
KEITHís Pick to Cover the Point Spread: NEW YORK GIANTS -2.5
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