The New York Giants will hit the road for a week fifteen NFL pro football game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. Kick off time from Atlanta is scheduled for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by FOX.
The betting odds opened up in this NFL game at a pick with an over under line of 51 points. Early money from the betting public has shown on the home side as Atlanta is now favored by -2 points. The over under has moved up a full point to 52 points.
The teams last met in the NFC playoffs last season with the Giants pounding the Falcons 24-2 as a -3 point betting favorite at home. The game landed under the total of 47 points. The Giants defense dominated the game as Atlanta ran for 64 yards and threw for 183. New York ran all over the Falcons defense for 172 yards on 31 carries. NFL Trend: Atlanta Falcons are 1-3-1 ATS in their past five games.
The New York Giants enters Atlanta with a record of 8-5 on the season. They are 3-3 on the road this season. They hold a one game lead over both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East division with three games left to be played. They bounced back from a Monday night defeat to Washington with a 52-27 home blowout win against the New Orleans Saints as a -4 point favorite. The game landed over 52 ½ points. Eli Manning threw for 259 yards with four touchdowns and 2 picks against a bad Saints defense. Running back David Wilson rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. On the season the Giants are allowing 252 yards passing this season ranking 27th in all of pro football. That is a concern because Atlanta in their dome is a passing team. At 28 points per game the Giants are the fourth top scoring offense in the league.
The Atlanta Falcons enter play with a record of 11-2 on the season. The team is a perfect 6-0 at home and historically has been difficult to beat in the Georgia Dome during the regular season. In the playoff picture the Falcons have the best record in the NFC Conference and holds a 1 ½ game lead over the San Francisco 49ers with three games remaining. They had their three game win streak snapped last week in a 30-20 road defeat to the Carolina Panthers as a -3 point road favorite. The game landed over 46 ½ points. Atlanta fell behind 23-0 during the third quarter in defeat and with late scores made the score respectable. The Falcons concern is the running game on both sides of the football as they are 28th in the NFL in rush offense and 23rd in the league in rushing defense which is a negative profile for playoff performance as well as facing quality opposition during regular season games. The Giants exposed this weakness in the playoffs last year. Michael Turner has just a 3.7 yards per rush average this season which is a career low.