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Tips For Betting On Giants Falcons – Giants And Falcons Meet In NFC Showcase

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/10/2012 6:01:32 PM

The New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons are quite likely to make the NFC playoffs, but the Giants might want to win this game in order to feel comfortable about their chances.

New York Giants @ Atlanta Falcons – Sunday, December 16  
Online betting line: Atlanta -1

Why New York Will Win

When playing online poker or other games of chance, you need to have a few factors riding in your favor. Here are the factors that work in favor of the New York Giants this week: First of all, Atlanta is not playing like a playoff team at the moment. The Falcons have not thrown down a particularly convincing performance in several weeks. Spotty offensive line play and a defense that can't get off the field are both limiting the Falcons' options each and every game week. It's true that Atlanta is still highly likely to be the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, but Atlanta is not being seen by pundits as the NFC favorite.

The San Francisco 49ers occupy that position, and the New York Giants are probably the second choice, followed by the Green Bay Packers in the third spot. Atlanta has been scraping by in most of its games this year, especially over the past month and a half. The Falcons have relied on the opposition to make mistakes, but if opponents play airtight ball and don't hand Atlanta cheap points or great field position, coach Mike Smith's club won't have anyplace to go. The Giants' defensive front should be able to generate a very strong pass rush and rattle Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. The odds are good that Atlanta won't score more than 21 points in this game. Given the climate-controlled conditions of the Georgia Dome, New York quarterback Eli Manning should be able to establish a comfort zone.

The other big reason to take New York here is that the Giants are now experiencing some pressure in the NFC East from Washington – the winner of four straight games – and Dallas, a team that has won four of its last five games. The Giants know they need to win this game to maintain their lead in the East. The urgency of the moment will force New York to play better, giving this team a crucial push in the middle of December.

Why Atlanta Will Win

When NFL betting commentators look at this game, they'll mention a few angles that suggest an Atlanta victory: First, New York quarterback Eli Manning continues to be his relatively typical self: capable of brilliance on many occasions, but still too inconsistent to trust on a weekly basis. Manning does have two Super Bowl titles, but one must keep coming back to the fact that he has very rarely produced a seamlessly brilliant season, one in which the Giants have won 12 or 13 games. New York just does not play consistent football over the course of four months. The Giants won their two Super Bowls in seasons when they did not win more than 10 regular-season games. Manning did preside over a big performance against New Orleans last week, but he still threw some really bad interceptions and is capable of crumbling against the Falcons this upcoming weekend.

Who Will Win

This matchup is too close to call, but if one had to lean in a given direction, the Giants – knowing how important this game is for them – are probably going to find a way to make plays in the fourth quarter and knock off the Falcons.

NFL Football Betting Pick: New York Giants


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