New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants
The New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants wrap up a huge week of football as they meet on Monday Night Football. The Saints are -6.5 point favorites over the Giants with an over/under point total set at 50.5.
The New Orleans Saints have been a team on a mission as Sean Peyton’s team has had a goal since the offseason: to get back to and win the Super Bowl. Drew Brees continues to be razor sharp completing 70.9 percent of his passes for 3,326 yards with 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas each have 340 yards rushing but the real story in the backfield has been Darren Sproles who has 348 yards rushing and 60 receptions for 448 yards with a combined five touchdowns. Jimmy Graham is Brees’ favorite target with 62 catches for 873 yards and six touchdowns, Marques Colston has 42 catches, and Lance Moore has 34 catches. The Saints defense allows 361.4 yards per game and 22.8 points and they have 21 sacks, 11 fumble recoveries, and five interceptions for a plus one turnover margin. Roman Harper has 69 tackles and 6.5 sacks, Jo-Lonn Dunbar has 50 tackles, and Malcolm Jenkins has 49 tackles. The Saints have had their ups and downs this year and while winning the NFC South is in their sights and possibly a first round bye in the playoffs, a trip to the Super Bowl may involve a road trip.
The New York Giants looked to be cruising towards the NFC East title but following back to back losses they are tied with the Dallas Cowboys but have a worse record in the division. Eli Manning has completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,952 yards for 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Ahmad Bradshaw has been injured and he’s averaging 4.0 yards per carry and he remains questionable for this one and if he’s unable to go it will be Brandon Jacobs who is struggling gaining 3.0 yards per carry. Victor Cruz leads the Giants in receptions with 46 with 800 yards and five touchdowns, Hakeem Nicks has 43 catches and four touchdowns, and Mario Manningham has 34 catches. The Giants defense allows 362.1 yards and 22.8 points and they have 31 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries, and 14 interceptions for a plus nine turnover margin. Antrel Rolle has 62 tackles, Kenny Phillips has 60 tackles, and Jason Pierre-Paul has 10.5 sacks. The playoffs are well within reach and they have games against teams in their division but they will need to get other wins as well to make the playoffs a reality.
New Orleans is 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, and 7-15 against the spread in their last 22 games following a win. New York is 30-14 against the spread in their last 44 road games, 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, and 1-5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The home team has covered six of the last seven meetings of these two.
The total on this game is 50.5 which is a pretty big number but we have two QB’s who can efficiently move the ball down the field a slew of talented receivers and playmakers and I have this one going over the number.