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Giants Jets Betting – Giants Come Out On Top In Battle Of New York

Posted by Stan Simmons on 12/21/2011 4:16:41 PM
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Sports betting players figured that one of the New York teams, the Giants or the Jets, would be safely into the postseason by now, but this Week 16 battle in the Big Apple (well, technically, New Jersey) is a game that both teams need to win. The Giants have been reeling, but they’ll surprise the Jets and stay in the hunt for the playoffs.

What: NFL Betting
When: Sunday, December 24th, 1:00 PM ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Pick: New York Giants +3

Why Bet On New York Giants (7-7 SU, 6-7-1 ATS)

The Giants continued their downward spiral with a 23-10 loss at home to Washington in a game that wasn’t even that close, and Eli Manning had his worst game of the season by going 23-of-40 for 257 yards and three picks, but he wasn’t helped out by his receivers. In particular, Hakeem Nicks had a bad day catching the football and dropped one surefire touchdown. The defense forced a pair of turnovers, but they also allowed the Redskins to go 8-of-15 on third down, while giving them two first downs because of penalties. End Jason Pierre-Paul continues to impress, racking up 16 tackles and a sack, but it wasn’t enough as the Redskins grinded out 123 yards on the ground, which kept the defense on the field for 35 minutes. The Giants have now dropped five of their last six and are in real danger of falling out of the playoff race in the NFC, and with two tough games left (they host Dallas next week), there is no margin for error.

End Osi Umenyiora (ankle) won’t be ready for this week, while tight end Jake Ballard (knee) will probably join him on the sidelines, which hurts the Giants’ NFL betting odds this week as the rookie was a solid safety valve for Manning, and they’ll be going up against a strong set of corners on the Jets. The Giants can’t afford any mistakes against the Jets, and that isn’t even factoring the local rivalry between the two teams (and their fanbases). But it doesn’t look encouraging based on Week 15’s performance.

Why Bet On New York Jets (8-6 SU, 6-8 ATS)

About 20 minutes into their trip to Philadelphia, the Jets were down 28-0 and it never got much better in a 45-19 rout as Mark Sanchez (two picks, a fumble) had three of the team’s four turnovers and was only 15-of-26 for 150 yards, although he did throw two touchdowns. Shonn Greene had a decent day running ball with 73 yards on 18 carries, but the Jets had to abandon the ground game once they got behind. The defense were put in poor spots all day by the offense’s turnovers, and they did give up 160 yards on the ground, but they also forced four turnovers and sacked Michael Vick three times, so they tried to hold up their end of the bargain. Like the Giants, you can place a lot of blame for this last loss at the feet of the quarterback and Sanchez is starting to feel the pressure of playing quarterback in New York. He is consistently inaccurate, he’s not mobile enough to be a good runner and his decision-making is getting worse. These final two games (the Jets head to Miami to close out the season) may be make-or-break for the “Sanchise”.

Sanchez (shoulder) should be ready to go for this game and really, he doesn’t have much of a choice as the Jets need him to play like the guy who fares well in the playoffs. He also needs help from players like Santonio Holmes, who had a nightmare of a game with a couple of big drops and a crucial 15-yard flag for taunting after scoring a touchdown. The Jets are hanging onto the last spot in the AFC, but unlike the Giants, they were playing well before last week, outside of Sanchez. They have to put last week’s performance out of their heads quickly and focus on the Giants.

How It Will Play Out

NFL betting odds are favoring the Jets by a field goal in the latest edition of the battle of New York and surprisingly, it doesn’t happen that often. The Giants are 4-1 SU and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five meetings with the Jets since 1993, and they’ve met just twice since 2003 (the Giants have won four in a row SU). Homefield doesn’t mean much in these games as the two share MetLife Stadium (and previously, to the former Giants Stadium). The last three games went over the posted total.

Everyone is counting the Giants out right now, and the Jets should be ready to pounce on their depleted secondary; but how much do you trust Sanchez? Look for the Jets’ pivot to make a few mistakes due to the Giants’ pass rush and Manning to get back on track on the other side of the ball. Take the Giants in your online betting picks.

Giants Jets Betting Pick: New York Giants

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