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Giants Look To Pick Up Where They Left Off Before Bye Week Versus Raiders

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/4/2014 5:10:11 AM

The New York Giants insist they have been approaching each week as it comes and haven’t been peaking at the NFC North standings over the past three weeks. If they had, they may have noticed they are just 2.5 games back of first place in the NFC East. It may be a long shot, but the Giants won their first two games of the year before their bye week and are about to enter a stretch of three-straight home games beginning against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday afternoon. The Raiders are coming off their worst online sports betting loss of the season, and New York will try to take advantage as a seven-point favorite as they continue to attempt to turn their season around.

Oakland Raiders @ New York Giants

Sunday November 10, 2013 – 1:00 PM ET

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

NFL Sports Betting Line: New York – 7

An injury to Aaron Rodgers has made a stretch in which the Giants face Oakland, the Green Bay Packers, and the Dallas Cowboys seem a lot more manageable, especially considering all three games will be held at MetLife Stadium. The New York defense finally seemed to click before the bye, and it’s possible Eli Manning can only get better.

NFL Betting Preview: Oakland Raiders

The Raiders should be concerned about containing Manning and the Giants off the bye week, especially considering their 25th-ranked pass defense just gave up 414 passing yards to Nick Foles a Philadelphia Eagles’ offense that had been struggling the previous couple of weeks. Oakland gave up 542 total yards and 49 points, allowing Foles to tie an NFL record with seven TD passes. Terrelle Pryor threw for just 288 yards, two interceptions, and was sacked three times before getting benched, and that certainly won’t help his confidence if he struggles early on in this game. Running back Rashad Jennings ran for 102 yards and a touchdown in last week’s loss, but even a strong rushing attack won’t matter if the Raiders continue to turn the ball over and fail to get stops on defense.

NFL Betting Preview: New York Giants

Turnovers absolutely crushed the Giants early on in the year, but Eli Manning didn’t throw an interception in each of their two wins before the bye, and it’s no surprise they finally ended up in the win column. New York can’t afford to bury itself with multiple turnovers, and it helped that they gave the ball to running back Peyton Hillis for 20 carries in the win over Philadelphia despite that he finished with just 70 yards on an average of 3.5 per touch. The Giants’ defense came up with four sacks and forced three turnovers including two interceptions in that game, and will look to attack Oakland’s young quarterback from the outset in order to put him under pressure early on.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

A month ago it would have seemed crazy to bet New York as a seven-point online betting favorite, but the Giants looked good heading in to their break and will have had a full two weeks to prepare for a Raiders’ team that looked awful against the same Philadelphia team that New York shut down the week before. The Giants need to continue to avoid the turnovers that hurt them early on in the season, and if they do it will allow a rested defense to dictate the pace on the other side of the ball. New York has a long way to go to become relevant again, but they are on the right track and in a good spot trying to earn a third-straight win this week.

NFL Betting Pick: New York Giants - 7


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