The winless New York Giants will be desperate for a victory when they play host to the unbeaten Houston Texans in a Week 3 matchup of teams heading in the opposite directions.
While this contest may not have the glamour factor that several other Week 3 contests are offering, this game does offer up a fantastic chance to cash in with a winning wager.
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 18, 2014
Houston at NY Giants
Time: 1:00 PM
Spread: Houston -2.5
NFL Week 3 Spread Betting Preview: Houston Vs NYG
After losing their regular season opener against Detroit 35-14, the Giants (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) looked almost as bad in falling to Arizona 25-14 in Week 2 and never came close to covering the spread as a 1-point home favorite in the loss.
The G-Men have been plagued by turnovers in each of their losses and now lead the league with six giveaways. Making matters worse is the fact that the Giants can’t come up with timely turnovers themselves. This season represents the first time since 1972 that New York hasn’t forced a turnover in its first two games.
Two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning completed 26 of 39 passes for 277 yards and two scores but also tossed two interceptions for the second straight game.
"I think when you are 0-2, you want to get a win soon," Manning said. "We have the Texans coming in and we have another home game, so hopefully we’ve got to get better, but we have to do it soon. We don’t have a whole lot of time to keep waiting to get better."
New York turned the ball over four times in the loss and got just 81 team rushing yards in the loss. The Giants receivers didn’t do themselves or Manning any favors by dropping a whopping five passes including one huge drop by Pro Bowl wideout Victor Cruz.
The Giants are the definition of mediocre right now as they rank in the middle or bottom third in every meaningful statistical category on both offense and defense. New York is ranked 28th in scoring (14.0 ppg) and 29th in points allowed (30.0 ppg).
The Texans (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) are off to a fantastic start under new head coach Bill O’Brien after owning the worst record in the league last season (2-14). Houston recorded a commanding 30-14 win over rebuilding Oakland in Week 2 to easily cover the spread as a 3-point road favorite and mote to 2-0 ATS one week after pounding Washington 17-6 as 3-point home fave.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 18, 2014
The Texans are currently tied for second place in turnover differential after ranking dead last in that department a season ago under former head coach Gary Kubiak.
Houston had two interceptions and recovered two fumbles against the Raiders in Week 2 and now sits at +5 in the turnover department.
"That’s something that we … drive on, even in practice," free safety Kendrick Lewis told reporters this week. "It showed up in the game. Guys going after the ball, no matter if it’s a running back breaking through, if it’s a receiver catching the ball and turning up. We’re stripping at the ball, trying to cause turnovers any way we can."
O’Brien, the head coach responsible for Penn State’s fast success on the heels of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, echoed those sentiments.
"(Games) come down to third-down conversions, they come down to red area percentage and then obviously, probably most importantly, they come down to turnovers," said O’Brien. "So, if you’re the team that doesn’t turn it over and the other team does turn it over, then you’ve got a heck of a shot to win and our team is doing a pretty good job of that right now."
The Texans are ranked eighth in rushing, but just 30th in passing and 14th in scoring (23.5 ppg). The good news is that Houston is also ranked first in points allowed (10.0).
Nevertheless, I am going to advise you to back the New York Giants in this matchup mostly because they’re in all-out desperation mode right now.
New York may be in the midst of some big-time struggles right now, but the G-Men have bounced back nicely from a home spanking by going 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Houston may be 2-0 right now, but I don’t think it’s all that hard to remain unbeaten when you start off with a pair of games against two mediocre teams like Washington and Oakland. Houston is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games and 1-6 ATS in its last seven games following an SU win, making the desperate Giants the right selection to win and cash in!