As young people who bet on NFL say today, the New York Giants will try to ‘hold it down’ at home when they host Matt ‘Matty Ice’ Ryan and the revamped Atlanta Falcons in a meaningful Week 2 matchup that is offering tons of value from where I’m sitting.
Now, lets find out if Manning and company have what it takes to slow down a Falcons team that was quite impressive in its Monday night matchup against Philadelphia.
Atlanta at NY Giants: NFL Betting Preview
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 20, 2015
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
NFL Odds: NY Giants -3
The Atlanta Falcons were impressive in holding on to beat Philadelphia 26-24 in their Week 1 matchup to cash in as a 3.5-point home underdog.
Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan completed 23 of 34 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while wide receiver Julio Jones torched Philly for nine catches, 141 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The New York Giants suffered an inexcusable 27-26 road loss to Dallas in Week 1 as they foolishly let the Dallas Cowboys have the ball back for one final drive, which, as we all know by now, resulted in a game-winning touchdown drive for the ‘Boys.
Veteran quarterback Eli Manning completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 193 yards but failed to throw a touchdown pass, although I guess it’s nice he didn’t throw an interception either.
Running back Rashad Jennings rushed for 52 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries, but he should have had two scores – if he wasn’t been ordered to not score on New York’s final possession.
The G-Men struggled in the red zone (1-for-4) and failed to get the ball to gifted wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (five catches) when he’s clearly the team’s best player.
While the New York Giants are playing at home in this Week 2 matchup and 60 percent of public bettors like the G-Men to cash in against the NFL betting line, I’m going the other way with my pick on this matchup.
I love quarterback Matt Ryan and the newfound way the Falcons are committed to playing defense under first-year head coach Dan Quinn and I believe the Falcons are going to be a lot better in 2015 than most people think at this point.
The Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last six Week 2 games and 4-1 in their last five games against their NFC conference rivals.
New York is 1-5 ATS in their last six Week 2 games and a dismal 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
56 percent of betting enthusiasts like the Over and I’m going to agree as I fully expect both teams to approach the 28-point plateau in this contest.
The Over is 6-2 in Atlanta’s last eight games in the month of September and 7-1-1 in New York’s last nine Week 2 games.
Last but not least, the Over is 5-1 in the Giants’ last six games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 in New York’s last five games in the month of September.