Monday Night Football for Week 7 certainly won’t be a featured classic, but it does have two wildly disappointing teams with a ton of talent on display.
Both the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons expected much better this season than their current records. New York enters a dismal 1-5, and though the NFC East is still wide open, time is running out. Eli Manning has been dreadful under center, but perhaps a visit to Atlanta will be what cures the veteran QB.
For the Falcons, many had them pegged as potential NFC champions, but that’s been nowhere near the case so far. Matt Ryan has clearly regressed, and their defensive unit is comical. The Falcons’ season is slipping away quickly, and if they can’t secure a victory on Monday Night Football in primetime – they might as well just pack their bags for the offseason right now.
With the amount of desperation within these two sides, this matchup should be exciting and potentially full of mistakes. Read on below the posted odds for a full betting analysis and a betting prediction for Week 7’s Monday Night Football showdown between the Giants and Falcons.
Giants vs. Falcons Betting Odds:
- New York Giants +4 (-115)
- Atlanta Falcons -4 (-105)
- Over 52.5 (-110)
- Under 52.5 (-110)
Giants vs. Falcons Pick:
Somehow, some way, Eli Manning remains the starting quarterback for the New York Giants. Despite his brutal play and the fact that he’s clearly frustrating his teammates – Manning will be out there throwing the football on Monday night in Atlanta. These are likely the final games of his storied career, and though it’s going to be a rough ending – it doesn’t mean he can’t turn back the clock with a solid outing against a porous Falcons’ defense.
Expect Manning to turn in his best game of the season against an Atlanta stop unit that literally doesn’t do anything well. They can’t cover, can’t rush, and just cannot defend. Manning will have a ton of time and space from the pocket, and even when he doesn’t – Saquon Barkley has the ability to run all over the Falcons’ defense.
Atlanta struggled mightily with Tampa Bay’s virtually non-existent running game, so you can only imagine just how dominant Barkley will be in this one. It’s clear the rookie is starting to find his way in the NFL, and I’d expect another solid showing on Monday evening. Downfield, with lots of time and facing a minimal rush – look for both Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard to also enjoy solid stat-lines.
On the other side of the ball, the Falcons can hang with the best teams offensively, but recent injuries might make things tougher than usual on Monday night. Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu are both questionable entering this contest, severely limiting Matt Ryan’s downfield targets. Without that duo, it’ll also put a lot more pressure on Julio Jones, who will certainly be blanketed by stifling corner Janoris Jenkins.
It’s also worth pointing out that New York has vastly improved their defense in recent weeks. They welcomed back Olivier Vernon on the defensive line and he should be able to apply consistent pressure to Matt Ryan, potentially forcing him into mistakes and/or turnovers. Devonta Freeman is still out at the running back position, which will only make things easier to neutralize for the G-Men.
The injury report is going to be interesting when it’s finalized on Monday, especially with all of the injuries the Falcons are currently battling. They won’t even have their star kicker in Matt Bryant, which could make field goals and PAT’s difficult as well. This line has dropped quite a bit throughout the week, and rightfully so. The G-Men have gotten healthy at the right time, and it seems that they match up well with the Falcons. Expect them to move the ball and do just enough on defense to keep Atlanta in check. Don’t be stunned to see the upset on Monday night.
PICK = Giants +4 (-115)