NFL gambling handicappers think a lot more of the New York Giants after their impressive football gambling debut that was an easy payout for their backers.
Sunday Night Football gets the Giants at Colts this week. The Indianapolis Colts opened at Sports-Gambling as a 5.5-point home favorite and with an over/under of 47.5. Kickoff on NBC is at 8:25 PM Eastern Time.
The New York Giants scored an impressive win with the NFL odds last week as they beat the Carolina Panthers 31-18 as 5.5-point home favorites as the game went over the total. It was an important win to set the tone for a comeback season by the Giants, who missed the playoffs last year.
The defense that allowed the most points in a season since 1966 came back strong and looking to be in playoff form. “That is what this defense is all about-making big plays,” said tackle Barry Cofield. Those big plays included 3 interceptions and forcing the Panthers to kick 3 field goals.
Carolina was held to 89 yards rushing. It was a stark contrast to the season final last year when Carolina beat the Giants 41-9 in the last game at Giants Stadium. New defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has been credited with bringing back the confidence and swagger of the unit.
The Indianapolis Colts came up flat and lost the NFL bet last week to the Houston Texans 34-24 as 1-point road favorites with the game soaring over the number. The Colts were abysmal, especially on defense, as they allowed 257 yards rushing to the Texans.
The Colts rush defense has long been suspect, even in Super Bowl years. Last year it allowed 4.3 yards per carry. Meanwhile the offensive line also struggled as quarterback Peyton Manning was under attack throughout the game.
“When you lose a game, especially the way we lost, you want to get back out there and prove yourselves,” said defensive captain Gary Brackett.
The road team has covered the last 3 NFL gambling matchups between these two teams with 2 of those 3 games going over the total. The Giants are 14-6 against the spread in road action with just 1 out of their last 6 away games going under the total. Indianapolis has covered 4 out of their last 6 home games.