Lions vs. Giants Prediction
Can the New York Giants pick up another win at home when they take on the Detroit Lions today 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 40.5 points. The Giants have won three of the last four between these two, but the Lions are 4-2 against the spread in their last six against New York.
The Giants are coming off a big 10-7 win over the Cowboys at home last week to 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 are 7-5-1 against the spread this season, hitting in six of their last eight. The Giants are led by their 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. Offensively, New York hasn’t been too reliable. 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 Lions are coming off a 20-17 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 failed to cover in last week’s win to fall to 8-5 against the spread, though they have covered in their last two road games. 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. 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. He has been the whole offense this year, throwing for 3,447 yards and 22 touchdowns. After injuring his hand last week, he threw two interceptions and now has seven for the year.
The Lions have been competitive in every game this year, not losing by more than a touchdown. However, I have real concerns about Stafford’s injury. He really struggled with his passing following the injury last week. I can’t imagine it will be much better since the injury is on his throwing hand. He faces a really good defense and won’t have much support from the run game. Because of that, I like the Giants to win comfortably today.
NFL WEEK 15 PREDICTION: NEW YORK GIANTS -4