Giants Focused Heading Into Must-Win Game Versus Dolphins On MNF
The New York Giants are fortunate to be tied for top spot in the NFC East at 5-7. Now they will need to run the table in order to clinch a division title and reach the postseason. The Giants have shown at times this season that they have the potential to be the top team in the NFC East but their inability to put away opponents has really hurt them. New York’s four losses this season when holding a lead in the final minute of a game is tied for the most in the NFL since the merger and has left them with no room for error including this week’s Monday Night Football matchup with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins enter this week with an identical 5-7 record only their position in the AFC East is a lot more bleak than where the Giants stand in the NFC East heading in to the final stretch.
New York Giants @ Miami Dolphins
Monday December 14, 2015 – 8:30 PM ET
NFL Betting Line: New York -1
What The Giants Will Have To Do To Win
The Giants are coming off another crushing loss in which they blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to the New York Jets and have now dropped four of their last five overall so it will be important to regroup and remain focused on what is in front of them. Eli Manning simply has to be better after he failed to complete at least 55-percent of his passes for the third straight games, which is basically inexcusable when you consider the weapons he is throwing the football to this season. New York has to find more ways to get Odell Beckham Jr. involved in this football game, especially when you consider that Miami’s defense has given up 24 passing touchdowns this season. Meanwhile, the Giants’ defense needs to do a much better job of getting after the quarterback with Jason Pierre-Paul expected to lead the way. The Dolphins have struggled to protect Ryan Tannehill at times this season and New York will need to capitalize in order to avoid another late collapse on the road.
What The Dolphins Will Have To Do To Win
Miami has played a much different style under interim head coach Dan Campbell and interim offensive coordinator Zac Taylor with a much greater focus on running the football and trying to use the passing game to go over the top. Lamar Miller ran for 113 yards on 20 carries in last week’s 15-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens and it won’t be a surprise when he gets a ton of touches this week as one of the keys to the Dolphins’ chances at home in this one. Tannehill has struggled with his pocket awareness and ability to drive the football down the field so Miami will doing everything it can to move the ball methodically and not force him to do too much. Meanwhile, the Dolphins’ defense did a better job last week against the injury-riddled Ravens then they did the previous two weeks when they allowed a combined 62 points to the Jets and Dallas Cowboys in back-to-back losses so they will need to carry over that momentum and deliver another strong performance.
Outlook & Pick
The Giants have struggled to put away teams all season but they would be 9-2 if they had done a better job in the fourth quarter and there is obvious reason to expect that won’t happen again versus a Miami team that has looked awful for the most part this year. The Dolphins will run the football and hope their defense can keep them in this game for a while but it’s only a matter of time before New York finds a way to win as small favorites on the road in this crucial matchup on Monday night.
Pick: New York -1