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New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions ATS Best Bet

Opening Line: Lions -5.5
Over/Under: 47

Time: 7:10 PM EST Monday September 8, 2014 on ESPN / WatchESPN

New York Giants (0-0) vs. Detroit Lions (0-0)

The Giants look to get over last season where they lost their first 6 games and missed the playoffs for the 4th time in the last 5 seasons. Eli Manning led the league last season with INT, which was a career high for him and he has looked less than stellar in the off-season and is playing behind a sketchy offensive line. The team did overhaul the defense, which struggled last season, but the pressure is all on Manning.

Matthew Stafford had another solid season in terms of passing yards last season, but he also threw 19 INT. He has the offensive weapons with Calvin John and Reggie Bush, but the defense and Stafford’s penchant for turning the ball over are the issues heading into this season.

After a horrible start last season the Giants won 7 of their last 10 games while the Lions lost 4 of their last 6 games.

Last season the Giants were 7-9 ATS and the Lions were 6-10 ATS.

Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley combined for 11.5 sacks last season and they may have a filed day facing a Giants’ offensive line that gave up 39 sacks last season, which was also a career high for Manning. The Giants’ QB does have Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle as his main targets with first round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. sidelined because of an injury.

While Manning and the passing offense looked out of sync last season and in the pre-season the running game has been decent with Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, who looked solid in the pre-season. These guys need to help Manning out and the offensive line has to keep Manning off his butt and open up holes for the run game.

Stafford has the targets at his disposal, especially Johnson, who is regarded to be the top WR in the league. However, the secondary for the Giants may be much better than last season with their additions mainly the CB duo of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond. It would help if the Giants could get to Stafford, but the pass rush is a concern, especially with 2013 sack leader Justin Tuck no longer on the team.

Reggie Bush rushed for over 1,000 yards last season in his first one in Detroit and he will be counted on to pace the rushing offense. If the Lions can run the ball so the Giants’ D does not only focus on Stafford then they will be tough to beat.

Last season the Giants beat the Lions 23-20 with Stafford having 2 picks and Johnson was bottled with only 43 receiving yards and 3 catches. If New York can repeat that they should win this game.

Betting Trends

The Giants are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Monday games, and they have an Under record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.

The Lions are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall, and they have an Over record of 7-3-1 in their last 11 games in September.

The road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 games between these 2 teams.

Free NFL ATS Best Bet

We know that the additions to the Lions receiving corps should make this team very dangerous through the air. What we also know is that the Giants have beefed up their secondary from last season. The main question is will Manning be comfortable enough in the new offense to keep pace with the Lions’ offense to get the straight up road upset? That will have to be seen, but needing to cover the point spread line of 6 points against a team that you beat last season on the road appears to be a solid wagering proposition.

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