Pats Take on Giants as NFL Betting Favorites
The last time the New England Patriots faced the New York Giants and were on this kind of hot streak, the teams were facing off in Super Bowl XLII. If the Patriots had won, they would have completed a perfect 19-0 season and finally shut the mouths of those Miami Dolphins who keep bragging about their perfect 17-0 season way back in 1972. However, the last two minutes proved brutal for the Patriots’ hopes, as Eli Manning heaved a ball down the field that David Tyree clasped to his helmet for the last catch he would make in his NFL career. The “helmet catch” helped the Giants get down the field so they could score the winning touchdown.
Patriots vs Giants Game Info and NFL Betting Odds:
NFL Betting Odds: Patriots -7
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Since then, the Giants have beaten the Patriots twice more. They met during the 2011 regular season, and the Giants won. They met again in Super Bowl XLVI – and the Giants prevailed again, as Manning completed a bomb to Mario Manningham to set up the winning score.
The Patriots are averaging 34.5 points per game this season, and they have a +133 point differential after nine weeks. Both of those numbers lead the NFL. Tom Brady is on pace to cement himself as a potential MVP candidate after beating his career high of 2,709 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. The fact that he only has thrown two picks is a big factor in his 113.5 passer rating, tops in the NFL.
The New England defense is also stout, with defensive end Chandler Jones leading the NFL with 9.5 sacks and Malcolm Butler having defensed eight passes. New England ranks #5 in points permitted per game (17.9). If the Patriots can win, they will pressure the Bengals to stay perfect as well. Losing this game might not influence their home field advantage chances, especially since the game does not involve division or conference tiebreakers. The Giants, though, need each win. They are in first in the NFC East, but they only lead Philadelphia by a half-game.
The Giants have a 4-4 conference record, and those losses could come back to haunt them if they fall out of the lead and have to rely on tiebreakers to get a wild card entry into the playoffs. If Manning and the G-men can pull off the upset, they could enter the bye in Week 11 with a two-game lead in the NFC East. Manning threw two touchdown passes last week as the Giants knocked off Tampa Bay, so he is in a zone as well.
- New England is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
- New England is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- New England is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- New England is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- New England is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing NY Giants
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New England’s last 6 games when playing NY Giants
- NY Giants is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Giants’s last 5 games
- NY Giants is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Giants’s last 5 games at home
- NY Giants is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing New England
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Giants’s last 6 games when playing New England
The line here is the Pats by 7. I like the Giants to keep it closer. They might not pull off the upset, but I would take the Giants and the points.