Lions vs. Giants Pick
Will the New York Giants and Detroit Lions hit another under when the two meet up this Sunday at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Giants are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the Lions. The over/under total for the game is listed at 41 points. The Giants have won three of the last four between these two and the two teams have hit the over in five of their last seven encounters.
The Giants are coming off a big 10-7 win over the Cowboys at home last week to complete a season sweep of Dallas and move to 9-4 on the season. New York is currently the top Wild Card team in the NFC and two games behind Dallas in the NFC East standings. The Giants have hit the under in five straight games and are 10-3 with the under on the year. The Giants have a great defense that is allowing just 18.8 points and 364.4 yards per game. New York has 30 sacks as a team and has forced 19 turnovers this year. They will be without Jason Pierre-Paul, who has seven sacks this year, as he is out for the year with a hernia. Landon Collins is leading the D with 100 tackles, 3 sacks and 5 interceptions. Offensively, New York hasn’t been very good. The Giants are averaging just 19.6 points and 331.8 yards per game. While Odell Beckham Jr. is having a big year with 79 catches for 1,109 yards and 9 touchdowns, Eli Manning has thrown for just 3,290 yards with 23 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The Giants lack much of a run game, with Rashad Jennings the leading rusher with 459 yards.
The Lions are coming off a 20-17 grinder win over the Bears at home last week to move to 9-4 on the season and stay atop the NFC North by two games. Detroit has hit the under in seven straight games and are now 9-4 with the under on the year. The Lions defense has been really solid over the second half of the season. They haven’t allowed an opposing offense to score more than 20 points in seven straight and have held their last three opposing offenses to 13 or less, including the Saints. On the year, Detroit is giving up just 20.6 points and 360.2 yards per game. The Lions got back captain DeAndre Levy last week at linebacker. His addition could make the group even tougher. Kerry Hyder has been the impact player this year, racking up 8 sacks. Offensively, Detroit has been somewhat weak, averaging 22.7 points and 348.8 yards per game. The Lions struggle to run the ball, putting up only 83.7 yards per game. Last week, Matthew Stafford suffered a finger injury to his throwing hand which will be a problem the rest of the season. The Lions can’t afford to not have Stafford on his game. He has been the whole offense this year, throwing for 3,447 yards and 22 touchdowns while also rushing for 193 yards.
These two have been prone to hit the under and I think they do it again this week. The Lions have done a good job at containing opposing offenses and the Giants don’t have much of a run game to sustain drives. The injury to Stafford should also be an issue, as he admitted wearing a glove to protect it impacts his accuracy and velocity while throwing. Look for this game to be a defensive grind.
NFL WEEK 15 PICK: LIONS/GIANTS UNDER 41