Eli Manning and Matt Ryan will cross paths once more on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, and the New York Giants are hoping issues go as properly for them as they did on Jan. 8, 2012, after they defeated Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, 24-2, within the NFC wild-card sport.
Manning was known as for intentional grounding in the long run zone, giving Atlanta a security and a 2-0 lead, however then threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns to ship the Giants on their approach to their Super Bowl XLVI championship.
Ryan is 36, six years older than Manning was in that assembly, and he’s nonetheless quarterbacking the Falcons as they invade the Meadowlands on Eli Manning jersey retirement day. Both groups are determined at 0-2 and coming off near-misses.
The Giants misplaced, 30-29, in Washington on Thursday of Week 2 on a Dustin Hopkins second-chance subject aim after his miss was nullified by a disputed offside penalty. Atlanta fell, 48-25, to the defending champs in Tampa, however that sport was 28-25 halfway by way of the fourth quarter. Ryan went 35-of-46 for 300 yards earlier than the Buccaneers’ Mike Edwards made two pick-sixes.
The Giants have an edge due to the additional relaxation, as they’re 10-1-1 in opposition to the unfold of their previous 12 games following a Thursday nighter, per VSiN. But the scary stat is 75.6 p.c — that’s the mixed completion proportion the Giants protection has allowed to Teddy Bridgewater and Taylor Heinicke. If that doesn’t enhance drastically, Ryan can get his long-awaited revenge and be certain halftime is the one factor Giants followers will wish to bear in mind.
The decide: Falcons, +2.5.
New York Jets (+10) over DENVER BRONCOS
This sport has each the very best level unfold and lowest Over/Under on the board. That leads you to the underdog, as a result of if complete factors are anticipated to be low, it figures to be more durable for the favourite to cowl a big quantity. The Jets’ offense wasn’t utterly dangerous final week. Zach Wilson gave the sport away with 4 interceptions, however they did rush for 152 yards on 4.9 yards per carry, and the move safety was higher, at the least within the first half. At 2-0 with no urgency, I can’t justify laying double digits with Denver right here.
Arizona Cardinals (-7.5) over JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
The Cardinals have been sliced and diced by the Vikings final week, however held on for the win because of a missed subject aim. That identical protection terrorized the Titans the week earlier than and ought to give Trevor Lawrence issues.
Baltimore Ravens (-8) over DETROIT LIONS
I often seize greater than a landing at residence, however can’t see the Lions, on quick relaxation, stopping the Ravens’ offense even slightly. Lamar Jackson will hit some downfield passes in opposition to a secondary lacking its prime two corners, and then the meat-grinder operating sport will steal the Lions’ will.
Chicago Bears (+7) over CLEVELAND BROWNS
Justin Fields will get the beginning and figures to provide the Chicago offense slightly extra juice than it was getting from Andy Dalton. The Bears’ D is coming off a powerful exhibiting in opposition to Cincinnati, and Browns coach Kevin Stefanski won’t wish to put a nicked-up Baker Mayfield in hurt’s method too many instances in opposition to it.
Cincinnati Bengals (+3) over PITTSBURGH STEELERS
First thought is that the Steelers will not be going to lose in back-to-back weeks at Heinz. Ben Roethlisberger is 24-8 straight up versus the Bengals, however he and quite a lot of key defensive gamers are banged up, and even his small unfold might find yourself mattering in a detailed one.
TENNESSEE TITANS (-5.5) over Indianapolis Colts
Off an enormous win at Seattle, the Titans have some making as much as do with their followers who needed to sit by way of the 38-13 loss to Arizona within the residence opener. Not all for backing Jacob Eason, Brett Hundley … or Carson Wentz on two sore ankles.
Los Angeles Chargers (+7) over KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Psst. Have you heard the Chiefs are 1-9 ATS of their previous 10 regular-season games? The Chargers have averaged simply 18.5 ppg in opposition to Washington and Dallas, however ought to have extra success in opposition to a Okay.C. protection that gave up 481 yards to the Ravens.
New Orleans Saints (+2.5) over NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
VSiN’s Josh Appelbaum factors out that street underdogs of +6 or much less are 9-1 ATS this season. Saints adopted a 38-3 rout of the Packers with a 26-7 dud at Carolina, however the line has moved of their favor regardless of heavy public cash on the Patriots with a low unfold.
BUFFALO BILLS (-8) over Washington Football Team
This is comparable state of affairs to the Titans sport, during which the favourite is coming off a win and trying to make amends for a home-opener dud. With respect to the WFT protection, it’s onerous to get behind Taylor Heinicke on this venue when he has accomplished only one move in his profession on the street.
Miami Dolphins (+4) over LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
How do you’re taking Miami coming off a 35-0 drubbing, touring lengthy distance, as an outside grass group enjoying indoors on turf and utilizing a backup quarterback (Jacoby Brissett)? See Saints and Titans to get an concept of how issues can change within the NFL from one week to a different.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (+1.5) over Seattle Seahawks
The complete for this sport is 55.5 after the Vikings gained 414 yards and gave up 474 versus the Cardinals and the Seahawks gave up 532 yards to the Titans. Minnesota has the urgency edge due to an 0-2 file.
LOS ANGELES RAMS (+1) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Looking for Aaron Donald and his cohorts to make life slightly tougher for Tom Brady, who really took a number of hits from the Falcons final week.
Green Bay Packers (+3.5) over SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Another fascinating tidbit from VSiN’s Appelbaum — groups making their residence debut in Week 3 are 13-30 ATS in these games previously decade. That development applies to this sport, Jets-Broncos and the Monday-nighter. Another purpose to fade the 49ers is their cluster of accidents at operating again.
Philadelphia Eagles (+4) over DALLAS COWBOYS
The Cowboys have a prolonged damage record that features DE DeMarcus Lawrence on IR, OT La’el Collins out and prime WR Amari Cooper questionable with a rib damage. Eagles have been (method) up and down in first two weeks. Could get an outright ’canine win right here.
Best bets: Packers, Ravens, Eagles.
Lock of the week: Packers (Locks 0-2 in 2021).
Last week: 10-6 total, 1-2 Best Bets.
Thursday: Texans (L).