The New York Giants (0-1) are set to host the Detroit Lions (1-0) on Monday Night Football to close out Week 2 action. Kickoff is set for 8:30 EST at MetLife Stadium and will be televised on ESPN.
Oddsmakers currently have the Giants listed as a 3-point home favorite with the the total sitting at 41.5 points. Click here for a complete look at the Week 2 betting odds and access to more game previews.
Lions vs Giants Vegas Betting Odds & Game Preview
Things didn’t look good for Detroit early in Week 1, as they trailed the Cardinals 0-10 with less than 5 minutes to play in the 1st half. Much like they did a season ago, the Lions rallied for the win and cover as a 2-point home dog. Detroit won 35-23 thanks in large part to a 35-7 run.
Nothing went right for the Giants in their 19-3 loss at Dallas on Sunday Night Football, which saw them go off as a 6-point dog. Eli Manning really struggled to find a rhythm without star wide out Odell Beckham Jr., who was out with an ankle injury. Keep in mind that New York swept the season series against the Cowboys last year.
These two teams played in Week 15 last year in New York. The Giants won that game 17-6, which snapped the Lions 5-game winning streak (came in having won 8 of 9). New York was a 4-point home favorite in that contest and the total for that one was 43 points.
Free NFL Betting Prediction & Pick Against the Spread: Giants -3
I would have to lean towards New York only laying a field goal at home against the Lions. I just feel Detroit is getting a little too much respect here off a win over Arizona, while I think we are seeing a big overreaction to the Giants poor play against the Cowboys.
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The Lions may have scored 35 points, but the offense only had 367 total yards. Detroit benefited greatly from 4 turnovers by the Cardinals. Not only did they return an interception 35-yards for a score, but they had 3 scoring drives (17 points) where they went 45 or fewer yards. You just aren’t going to get that kind of field position on a weekly basis.
In the past when Detroit comes in off a game where they benefited from the turnover margin in a big way, they have failed to deliver against the spread. The Lions are a miserable 0-8 ATS under head coach Jim Caldwell off a game where they finished with a turnover margin of +2 or better (they were +3 vs Cardinals).
You also can’t ignore the impact of Arizona losing arguably it’s most important offensive player in David Johnson in the 3rd quarter. While Johnson was being held in check on the ground, he had 6 catches for 67 yards (90 total yards in less than 3 quarters). It’s one thing to prepare for a game without your best player available, it’s another to try to adjust your gameplan on the fly when they go down in the game.
I know the Giants offense left little to be desired in their Week 1 performance against the Cowboys and it’s still up in the air if Beckham will play. The simple possibility of Beckham playing only adds more value to the Lions at this line. Even if he sits this one out, I still think Manning and the offense will be much better.
I also think there’s a good chance New York covers here without the offense lighting it up. That’s because they have one of the best defenses in the league. One that will have a much easier time getting off the field in Week 2 now that they aren’t facing that dominant o-line of the Cowboys. Detroit still has no running game, so the Giants will be able to get after Stafford. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t have a couple key turnovers that blows this thing wide open. Take New York!