NFL Sunday Night Football Preview & Free Pick- Week 5


Oct 2015

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NFL Sunday Night Football Preview & Free Pick- Week 5

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants

Pointspread: New York -7

Total Line: 43

In a West Coast/East Coast battle in the NFC on Sunday Night Football, the San Francisco 49ers will look to snap a three-game skid both straight-up and against the spread in a trip the MetLife Stadium to face the surging New York Giants. BetOnline has New York listed as seven-point favorites with the total set at 43.

Give credit to the 49ers for holding Green Bay to just 17 points last week, but behind an offense that is ranked dead-last in scoring with just 12 points a game, it will not take all that much to keep this losing streak going all season long. San Francisco has done a decent job of moving the ball on the ground behind Carlos Hyde and quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s scrambles, but it has no real passing game to speak of with an average of 158.8 yards a game that is also ranked last in the league.

San Francisco’s issues also spill over to the other side of the ball with a defense that is having trouble stopping both the pass and the run. Opposing team are rolling-up an average of 377.2 total yards a game and this has translated to a points against average of 27.5 that is ranked 28th in the NFL.

The Giants come into this game on a high note after following-up a dominant 32-21 victory against Washington in Week 3 as three-point home favorites with an even more impressive 24-10 win over Buffalo this past Sunday as 6.5-point underdogs on the road. They are now an even 2-2 straight-up with a profitable 3-1 mark against the spread.

Much of New York’s success in both on Sunday night and for the rest of the regular season will hinge on the steady play of veteran quarterback Eli Manning. When he hits his targets and takes care of the ball, he can still be one of the top passers in the NFL today. On the year, he has thrown for 976 yards and seven touchdowns while completing 62.9 percent of his 143 attempts. The top stat on the list is just one interception on the year.

San Francisco has just two SU wins in its last nine games and it has now failed to cover in nine of its last 10 contests. The Giants come into Sunday night’s game with a 6-2 record ATS in their last eight games and they have a 6-2 edge ATS in their last eight games against the 49ers. In a matchup between two teams headed in opposite directions, stick with New York to win and cover the seven points.