NFL betting expectations remain high for the New York Giants despite a recent 2 game losing streak that has put them into the thick of the NFL gambling wild card race.
The New York Giants will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in a big interconference matchup that will be telecast on CBS. Sports-Gambling opened with the Giants as 8.5 point favorites with an over/under of 45.5. Both teams will be feeling the pressure of needing a win as the playoff stretch run is about to begin.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a record of 6-4 straight up and 6-4 with the NFL gambling odds and with 8 of their 10 games going over the total. The Jaguars are tied with Indianapolis for first place in the AFC South after their 24-20 home payout last week over Cleveland which was their third consecutive win and fourth consecutive over.
Jacksonville is led by a punishing ground attack which is led by Maurice Jones-Drew, who has 878 yards rushing. The ground game is essential in that it helps chew up time and keep the Jaguars 27th ranked defense off the field.
David Garrard has shown improvement at quarterback and has cut down on the bad mistakes of previous seasons. Coach Jack Del Rio and Garrard survived a 3-4 start in which there were bad performances in that span and now seem to have it together.
The New York Giants have a betting on NFL football record of 6-4 straight up and 5-5 against the spread with 6 of their games going over the total. The Giants are coming off a 27-17 loss at Philadelphia and fell to 2nd place in the NFC East.
New York remains one of the better balanced teams in the NFL as they rank 3rd for total offense and 2nd for total defense. One area of concern is quarterback Eli Manning’s erratic play, however, as he has slipped to an 88.4 QB rating with a bad 212/16 touchdown/interception ratio.
Ahmad Bradshaw has been a key NFL betting asset with 867 yards and a 4.7 yards per carry average.
There will be extra pressure on the Giants in this one as expectations for them were higher and a third straight loss will cause a storm in the local media and potential doubt amongst the team.