The New York Giants will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football in Week 10. Kickoff is set for 8:30 EST at MetLife Stadium and will be televised on ESPN. Oddsmakers have this one listed as a Pick’em with the total at 46 points.
Bengals vs Giants Vegas Spread Preview
Cincinnati (3-4-1) will be returning from their bye. Last time out they ended in a 27-27 tie with the Redskins in London. The good news for the Bengals is during their bye the Ravens knocked off the Steelers. Cincinnati is all the sudden just a 1/2-game out of first in the AFC North.
New York (5-3) enters off an impressive 28-23 win at home over the Eagles. That’s now 3 straight wins for the Giants after losing their previous 3. New York is still 2-games back of the Cowboys in the NFC East, but are currently holding one of the two Wild Card spots.
Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Bengals Pick’em
I look for Cincinnati to go on the road and knock off the Giants on Monday Night Football. I just think this Bengals team is flying under the radar right now. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they ended up winning the AFC North.
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This Bengals offense isn’t getting talked about a lot, but they are rolling early on this season. Cincinnati comes in 7th in rushing (120.2 ypg) and 7th in passing (275.1 ypg).
They only figure to get better with tight end Tyler Eifert back to 100%. He only had 1 catch for 9 yards in his season debut against the Browns. He came back with 9 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown the next week. He’s going to open up things even more for A.J. Green and the running game. I also think he’s a huge matchup problem for the Giants’ safeties.
The Bengals defense hasn’t been great, but I like the matchup here against the Giants. New York has the worst rushing attack in the league, averaging just 68.2 ypg. Cincinnati’s defense isn’t great against the run, but the Giants have struggled against worse. What they are good at is getting after the quarterback. I look for them to take advantage of a weak New York offensive line in this one.
We also have a strong system backing a fade of the Giants based on their inability to run the ball. Home teams that are averaging 70 or less yards/game and have gained 99 or less in 3 straight games, are just 7-23 (23%) ATS over the last 10 seasons.
Another big factor here that can’t be overlooked is the Bengals are coming off a bye. I believe it’s an even bigger advantage this late in the season. It’s not just the two weeks to prepare for an opponent. It’s more the ability to regroup mentally.
It’s also worth pointing out that Cincinnati has been a great team to back on the road. The Bengals are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games overall. At the same time, this is the point of the season where the Giants tend to fall apart. New York is just 17-35-3 ATS in their last 55 games in the month of November.