Lions Vs Giants Line & Free PickJosh Bailey
Stafford and Lions Look to Remain Unbeaten at Expense of Manning and Giants
Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions will look to remain unbeaten at the expense of Eli Manning and the New York Giants when they visit their NFC counterparts in the Big Apple on Monday night.
The Lions picked up an impressive win in Week 1 while the G-Men got man-handled in their regular season opener. Now, let’s find out which one of these Super Bowl hopefuls is the right pick for this Monday night matchup when it takes place live from MetLife Stadium at 8:30 PM ET while airing live on ESPN.
Detroit Lions Vs New York Giants NFL Week 2 MNF Line & Free Pick
Detroit Lions (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)
When: Monday, September 18, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: MetLife Stadium
The Line: New York Giants -4.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Why Bet the Detroit Lions Odds at +4.5
The Lions were impressive in their 35-23 Week 1 win over Arizona as Matthew Stafford completed 29 of 41 pass attempts for 292 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Running back Ameer Abdullah was limited to a modest 30 yards on 15 carries, but wide receiver Golden Tate caught 10 passes for 107 yards while fellow wideout Kenny Golladay had four catches for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
"He’s developing. He’s a rookie," Stafford said of Golladay. "Did he do everything right? No. But did he make some big-time catches? Absolutely.
Defensively, the Lions intercepted Cardinals veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer three times while recovering one fumble.
"When you hustle to the ball, when you do what you’re supposed to do, when you execute, you make plays like that," said veteran safety Glover Quin who had one of Detroit’s three interceptions last week.
Why Bet the New York Giants Odds at -4.5
The Giants looked awful in their 19-3 regular season opening loss against Dallas on Sunday night. Eli Manning completed 29 of 38 passes for 220 yards but failed to throw a touchdown pass while getting picked off once in the loss as superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. sat out. New York’s rushing attack was completely pitiful in racking up just 35 rushing yards on 12 carries. Defensively, the Giants gave up one passing score to Dak Prescott and 104 rushing yards to Ezekiel Elliott in the loss.
"First game," Manning said on Wednesday. "Guys were playing fast, got some good guys out there, some new bodies. So, we’ll bounce back. We’ll be fine. We just have to slow down, everybody take a breath and just run the plays the way we’ve been running them all spring and all summer."
Expert Analysis and Prediction
The Giants are playing at home in this contest, but for me, New York’s failure to address their running game makes them one-dimensional – and quite predictable which is why I like Detroit for the road upset in this contest.
Detroit is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game, a robust 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win and consistent 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Monday night games. While New York is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, the G-Men are also a winless 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Week 2 matchups.
With no rushing attack whatsoever, I’m expecting the Lions to sit back and concentrate on stopping the pass, which I believe they mostly will. I like Matthew Stafford and the Lions to get it done people!
Pick: Detroit +4.5