Giants vs. Lions Odds, Spread Picks & Score Prediction Week 1
A pair of new offensive styles will be on display in the first of two Monday Night Football games in Week 1. The New York Giants will be displaying a new West Coast offense against the Detroit Lions and their new look with a bunch of new weapons for QB Matthew Stafford and new Head Coach Jim Caldwell.
With this game being played at Ford Field, the Lions are understandably 4.5-point favorites, though the oddsmakers are insinuating that these two teams are really close to one another. The ‘total’ is the higher of the two on Monday Night Football in Week 1 at 46.5.
NY GIANTS – LIONS MONDAY NIGHT WEEK 1 ODDS:
1. Why the NY GIANTS will cover the spread: This really isn’t a matter of what the Giants can do, rather instead what the Lions can’t do. We really haven’t seen all that much out the Lions yet this preseason, and it is worrying the heck out of us. Granted, Caldwell has a history of really tanking it in the preseason, but penalties continue to be the thorn in this club’s side. Detroit is one of the most undisciplined teams in the league, and that isn’t going to stop here in Week 1 of the season.
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2. Why the LIONS will cover the spread: If we’re going to pick on the Lions for what they can’t do, we may as well pick on the Giants for what they can’t do either. You would have thought that Head Coach Tom Coughlin would have his new West Coast offense installed comfortably in five preseason games this year when most only get four, but that just hasn’t been the case.
QB Eli Manning has consistently looked uncomfortable in the pocket, and coming off of the worst year of his career isn’t going to help matters any either. The Giants were a disaster at the start of last season, and they have made a history out of struggling early on. This may play right into that rule.
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3. Take the Over or Under?: Perception is there that men like Stafford and Manning should be able to put points up on the board, but we just aren’t so sure. Stafford has looked good, but we know that it is going to take some time to get a good rapport down with his new targets. Manning’s struggles have already been highlighted; it took him four games to throw his first TD pass in the preseason. Both of these teams finished the 2013 season with three straight ‘under’ performances.
4. Betting Trends for GIANTS/LIONS: The Giants were much better at the end of last year, going 7-4 ATS in their last 11 games after going 0-5 ATS in their first five. The Lions went the other direction. They went 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four games, and they were just 2-8 ATS and 3-7 SU in their last 10. That’s why former coach Jim Schwartz was fired.
In respect to the series between these two, the Giants have won all three games SU dating back to 2007, and they are 2-1 ATS in those clashes.
Giants 20 – Lions 17