49ers at Giants Point Spread Odds, Trends, Injuries & Matchup Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 10:24

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East Rutherford, NJ - With one humbling defeat to a seemingly inferior opponent, the New York Giants saw several streaks go up in smoke.

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Trying to bounce back Sunday, the reigning Super Bowl champions have the luxury of facing another struggling team as they try to hand the San Francisco 49ers a fourth straight loss.

Oddsmakers from SBG Global have made Giants –10.5 point spread favorites (View NFL Football odds) for Sunday’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 54% of bets for this game have been placed on Giants –10.5 (View NFL Football bet percentages).

The Giants (4-1) had won all four games this season, eight in row overall including postseason, and 12 consecutive games away from their home field, but saw those streaks all end Monday night, when they gave up 18 unanswered points to the Cleveland Browns in the second half of a 35-14 defeat.

"This team will bounce back. I believe that,'' Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "It is disappointing to fall into whatever lapse we fell into in not playing as well as we have been playing.''

Giants quarterback Eli Manning may have had the roughest day of all. He threw for a season-low 196 yards with three interceptions - including one returned for a 94-yard touchdown by Eric Wright - and came away from the game with a bruised chest. Although he wasn't certain of the injury's severity, Coughlin indicated Tuesday that the Super Bowl MVP likely would not miss practice or this week's game.

"Eli has played very well with soreness,'' said Coughlin, whose team fell to 1-4 when Manning throws three or more interceptions. "I'm sure that will be something he'll go ahead and practice and play with, but we'll see. I don't have a lot of information now.''

It was an all-around disappointing effort for the Giants, who scored their fewest points since a 22-10 loss to Washington last Dec. 16, allowed their most since ending the regular season with a 38-35 defeat against New England, and allowed the Browns to convert on nine of 13 third downs.

On the bright side for New York, running back Derrick Ward had the second 100-yard game of his career, gaining 101 yards on 10 carries.

Despite the loss, the Giants' still lead the NFL with 419.4 total yards and 181.2 rushing yards per game. They are also averaging 6.1 yards per rush. Those numbers could indicate a mismatch against a 49ers defensive unit that ranks 26th in the NFL.

That shaky defense proved San Francisco's undoing at home last Sunday against Philadelphia. The 49ers (2-4) led by nine points entering the fourth quarter, but yielded 23 points in the final 11:38 en route to a 40-26 defeat.

"We've just got to finish,'' said running back Frank Gore, who carried 19 times for 101 yards and scored the 49ers' lone offensive touchdown. "We got ahead. We kind of got comfortable, and the Eagles played great.''

It's part of a disturbing trend for San Francisco, which failed to hold on to leads against the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots in its two previous games.

"If there's been anything that's disappointing in these last three weeks is that these are games that we felt we should have won," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said.

Also troubling for the 49ers is the apparent regression of quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan, who has thrown seven interceptions during the three-game losing streak after throwing only one In the first three games. The first-year starter has also seen his completion percentage - 66.7 percent in the first three weeks - dwindle to 51.6 during the skid.

He has been sacked a league-high 23 times.

If O'Sullivan continues to struggle, the 49ers may need to rely even more heavily on Gore, whose 524 rushing yards rank fourth in the NFL. He also leads San Francisco with 22 receptions for 196 yards.

Gore was a relative bright spot for the 49ers when they visited New York last Oct. 21, gaining 111 yards of total offense, but four turnovers helped undo San Francisco in a 33-15 defeat.

The Giants have won the last two meetings between these teams, tying the all-time series at 13 victories apiece. San Francisco, though, is 5-2 versus the Giants at the Meadowlands.

Top Betting Trends:
All games in this series since 1992
NY GIANTS is 5-3 against the spread versus SAN FRANCISCO since 1992
SAN FRANCISCO is 6-2 straight up against NY GIANTS since 1992
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992
Games over the last 3 seasons
NY GIANTS is 1-0 against the spread versus SAN FRANCISCO over the last 3 seasons 
NY GIANTS is 1-0 straight up against SAN FRANCISCO over the last 3 seasons 
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
All games played at NY GIANTS since 1992
NY GIANTS is 2-1 against the spread versus SAN FRANCISCO since 1992
SAN FRANCISCO is 2-1 straight up against NY GIANTS since 1992
2 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1992
Games played at NY GIANTS over the last 3 seasons.
NY GIANTS is 1-0 against the spread versus SAN FRANCISCO over the last 3 seasons 
NY GIANTS is 1-0 straight up against SAN FRANCISCO over the last 3 seasons 
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
Key Player Injuries
[LB] Manny Lawson missed last game %27?%27 - Hamstring - 10/05/08
[S] Michael Lewis injured last game, "?" - Elbow - 10/06/08
[CB] Shawntae Spencer is out indefinitely - Knee - 09/24/08
[QB] Alex Smith IR - Shoulder - 09/07/08
[OT] Jonas Jennings missed last game %27?%27 - Shoulder - 10/05/08
[CB] Terrell Thomas missed last game, "?" - Hamstring - 10/05/08
[DE] Osi Umenyiora IR - Knee - 08/26/08
[DE] Jerome McDougle missed last game, "?" - Knee - 10/05/08
[WR] Domenik Hixon injured last game %27?%27 - Concussion - 10/05/08
[WR] Plaxico Burress probable - Suspension Served - 10/05/08
[G] Shane Olivea IR - Back - 08/14/08
[K] Lawrence Tynes missed last game, "?" - Knee - 10/05/08
[WR] David Tyree expected to miss at least six weeks. - Knee - 08/26/08
[OT] Kareem McKenzie injured last game %27?%27 - Concussion - 10/05/08

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