For too long these Monday Night Football games were absolute duds, but recently we the fans and betting community have been treated to some stellar match-ups. In Week 14, with the Giants taking on the Dolphins, I’m not quite sure what to think. Both teams are trending in the wrong direction, but the amount of disarray may actually produce an entertaining football game. Ultimately, with betting and fantasy on the line, many will tune in and surely be on the edge of their seats. It also helps that for the G-Men, this is a huge game with respect to the NFC East divisional crown. With the Redskins and Eagles both winning on Sunday, the Giants need a win in Miami to keep pace. They’ve been brutal at holding leads and truthfully could have and likely should have already wrapped this up. But now they’ll need to grind for the post-season and it’s not easy to do so on the road against a team that has some talent like the Miami Dolphins. It’s yet another Monday nighter filled with intrigue, so read on below for a full game breakdown and the official betting selection to finish off another week of NFL action.
Giants vs. Dolphins Betting Odds:
New York Giants -2.5 (-110)
@ Miami Dolphins +2.5 (-110)
Over 47 (-110)
Under 47 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Giants vs. Dolphins Pick:
The Giants have been brutal the past two weeks – especially on the offensive side of the football. Their offensive line has undergone some key personnel switches and hasn’t given Eli Manning the time and space needed to be effective. This is bad, bad news going against the Dolphins’ defensive front. Even though they aren’t as good without key contributor Cameron Wake, the Dolphins have a plethora of talented personnel at rushing the opposing quarterback. Ndamukong Suh, like him or not, and Olivier Vernon are absolute forces right now and won’t be able to be contained by the porous Giants’ offensive line. Vernon in particular has 20 combined hits and sacks over the past four weeks and should have a field day against New York’s left tackle Ereck Flowers. Miami does have some weaknesses in their secondary, but a combination of Reshad Jones and Brent Grimes may be able to limit Odell Beckham from his usual heroics. The Dolphins played hard last week in beating the Ravens at home and haven’t yet quit on the season. At home again, under the bright lights with a nationally-televised setting, expect a solid outing from the ‘Fins on defense.
On offense, expect Ryan Tannehill to be able to turn in a solid outing. The Giants have a very soft pass rush and Tannehill has thrived when given time and space in the pocket. New York has a very poor secondary, much like Miami, and he should be able to find his guys with regularity to keep those chains moving. Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker have been very good of late, and both should help in the passing game on Monday night. Additionally, the Dolphins’ coaching staff is finally starting to realize just how talented Lamar Miller is and can be. He’s been getting more frequent touches, and expect that to continue against the Giants on Monday evening. Miller is shifty and elusive and can be a pass catcher from the backfield. Expect a balanced attack from the Dolphins, and ultimately one that will keep them close in this game.
The Giants could be a lot better and should be a lot better, but they aren’t. They can’t win and they simply cannot close out teams or football games. You get the sense of deep regret emanating from New York’s camp, knowing they should be running away with the NFC East. However, they most certainly are not and a talented and scary Dolphins team won’t be feeling sorry for them as their hosts on Monday Night Football. Miami does many things well and should do enough of them to steal yet another victory from the G-Men in this spot.
PICK = Dolphins +2.5 (-110)