New York Giants (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS) vs. New Orleans Saints ( 3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS)
NFL Week 8
Date/Time: Sunday, November 1st, 1:00pm
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA
by Bob, NFL Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: NYG +3 / NOR -3
Over/Under Total: 49
This Sunday in The Big Easy, the New York Giants will come into town to take on the New Orleans Saints. The Giants, at 4-3 overall, are in first place in the NFC East division while the Saints are in 3rd place in the NFC South behind the red hot Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. This will be the first meeting between these two teams since the 2012 season. In that game, the Saints traveled to New York and lost by a whopping 52-27 score. This game I guarantee will be much more competitive and not decided until late in the fourth quarter.
The line at this time has the Saints as a 3 point home favorite over the Giants. The total points are set at 49. Against the spread this season, both teams sit at 4-3. The Saints who started out a terrible 0-3, have gone 3-1 ever since, including handing Atlanta their only loss of the season. From what I have looked into, the betting action is completely even. 50% like the Saints and 50% are riding the Giants. Pure toss up.
Many thought the New Orleans Saints were done, including myself, after their 0-3 start. Dont get me wrong, this team is in no way a contender, but they are at least respectable at this point. Behind the arm of Drew Brees, New Orleans is ranked 3rd in the NFL in passing at almost 300 yards per game, but the rest of their team is lacking. The Saints are averaging just 98 yards a game on the ground which is 22nd in the NFL and their defense is 25th out of the 32 NFL squads. Being at home, I like the Saints chances of scoring against the Giants defense, but can their own defense slow down Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr? That is the question here. The Giants are scoring about 24 a game, but they have the weapons to put up 30-34 on any given day. The Saints need their defense to step up in a big way this Sunday, or they may see themselves a 3-5 team.
The Giants somehow, someway, have found themselves as the top team in the NFC East and controllers of their own destiny. After two gut wrenching losses to the Cowboys and Falcons to open the season, many were calling for the heads of the coaching staff, Eli Manning, the cheerleaders, waterboy, etc. Fans were NOT happy. Now look at them, all is well in East Rutherford. Statistically, the Giants are rather average. They are ranked 14th in passing yards on offense, 25th in rushing at just 96 yards a game, and their defense is pretty average ranking 14th in points allowed. This weekend their main focus needs to be on that Saints offense. The fast Superdome turf and anytime Drew Brees plays at home, things can get really bad for a defense. If the Giants can finally get some pressure on Brees, which they really have not done much of this season, then I can see them successful, but if he has all day to throw, I can see the Giants fans upset again and the NFC East division up for grabs.
This is not an easy game to pick. Both of teams are so up and down and both have questions marks in major areas. Even the public is torn on this one. There isnt even good history between these two teams to find a trend to roll with. With that all being said, as much as I dislike the New Orleans Saints with all my soul, I think they beat New York in the Superdome. If this game was on the road, I would probably be all over the Giants, but I think not only do the Saints win this game, I think they take the Giants to the woodshed. 38-20 New Orleans, in a game that is not even really that close.
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