Monday Night Football certainly isn’t what it used to be, folks. The premier game of the week has moved to Sunday evenings, and after a losing wager last night on the lowly Eagles – we will look to bounce back with a big winner for Monday evening between the Giants and 49ers.
This isn’t a marquee matchup by any means, but there is still money to be won. It is safe to say that neither of these squads has seen 2018 play out the way they had hoped. The Giants were supposed to take a huge step forward with key improvements on both sides of the football. Ultimately, they’ve been significantly held back with the QB play of Eli Manning. Another team that has struggled with poor play out of their quarterback has been the San Francisco 49ers. Since losing Jimmy Garoppolo, the Niners’ attack has been anemic – though Nick Mullens filled in abmiradly last week.
A game between two teams with a combined three wins won’t exactly be must-see television, but there remain some solid betting opportunities for tonight’s Monday evening match-up. As always, read on below the odds for a game breakdown and betting selection for the Niners and G-Men on Monday night.
Giants vs. 49ers Betting Odds:
New York Giants +3 (+105)
@ San Francisco 49ers -3 (-125)
Over 45 (-112)
Under 45 (-108)
Giants vs. 49ers Pick:
Nick Mullens was quite the revelation last week for the Niners. Filling in for the awful C.J. Beathard, Mullens took charge – connecting on some great throws and showing excellent poise and precision from the pocket.
Oakland obviously didn’t provide much resistance, but the Giants won’t either on Monday night. New York does have a few good playmakers within their stop unit, but overall the unit is a bit of a mess right now. They have huge liabilities, and without viable linebackers to stop opposing tight ends, it means another huge outing for George Kittle. Kittle is quickly emerging as one of the sport’s best tight ends and paired with Matt Breida at running back – that duo should be able to cause all sorts of problems catching short passes out of the backfield.
New York also went out and dealt Eli Apple recently, significantly worsening their play in the secondary. The Niners do not boast all that many deep threats, but look for Marquise Goodwin to be on the receiving ends of some deep balls from Mullens. The Niners have the pieces to keep the chains moving on Monday.
For the G-Men, a QB change would be great for them – but it’s not happening just yet. It will be even more Eli Manning in Week 10, which does not bode well. The Giants cannot protect Manning, and that’s a bad omen going up against a Niners’ defensive front that can apply a ton of pressure. Manning is going to get sacked, hurried, pressured, and ultimately be forced into some turnovers on Monday night. Downfield, Manning has weapons in Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr. – though the Niners’ Richard Sherman should do a good job covering the latter. The Niners’ defense does not cover well – but it remains to be seen if Manning can consistently exploit it.
There are just too many questions right now surrounding the Giants to even consider backing them at any price. San Francisco isn’t good, but at home and with a semi-competent quarterback, the Niners will look to put on a good show for their home fans in a primetime spot. The Giants have quit on their team, and they’ll show that again on Monday night.
PICK = 49ers -3 (-125)