The New York Giants will look to regroup tonight after last week’s ugly home loss to the Redskins, but their recovery assignment is a difficult. Playing host in this evening’s game are the undefeated Minnesota Vikings, who ran their record to 3-0 last week with a 22-10 road win over the Panthers. The latest NFL Point Spreads from Bovada.lv have the Vikings listed as a -4.5 ESPN Monday Night Football Pick, making the Giants an underdog for the first time this season.
New York seemingly had a 3-0 start in the bag, heading into halftime of last week’s showdown with NFC East rival Washington with a 21-16 lead. The Giants could not hold onto their lead, though, thanks to two picks from Eli Manning and a costly third quarter fumble from Shane Vereen.
Washington prevailed 29-27 and that result, coupled with the Eagles 3-0 start and the Cowboys 3-1 open to the season, makes tonight’s game an important one for New York.
It is also a game where the Giants are looking to exact a little revenge. New York faced the Vikings in Minneapolis late last season and they were pounded 49-17. Manning had a particularly rough day, throwing three picks and suffering four sacks.
New York, which has allowed six sacks through three games, should expect more of the same tonight. The Vikings sacked Cam Newton eight times last Sunday and they have registered 15 sacks on the season.
Minnesota has also been exceptional at covering the number since Mike Zimmer took over head coaching duties at the start of the 2014 season. The Vikings are 21-15 straight up and a ridiculous 27-9 against the spread on Zimmer’s watch.
The Vikings are 6-1 straight up and 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games with the only loss during that stretch being a 9-10 setback to the Seahawks in last year’s playoffs. Minnesota’s current ATS win streak reached eight games with last weekend’s win over Carolina.
New York Giants Betting Trend: Since Eli Manning took over as the Giants quarterback in 2004, the Under is 6-1 when New York is playing as a road dog coming off a game in which it produced at least 450 total yards.
Minnesota Vikings Betting Trend: The Vikings are 10-0 straight up and 9-1 against the spread in their last 10 games as a home favorite.
Giants vs Vikings Odds ESPN Monday Night Football Pick: NFL Odds Provided by Bovada.lv
New York Giants +4.5 (-110), Over 43 (-110), +165 (Moneyline)
Minnesota Vikings -4.5 (-110), Under 43 (-110), -190 (Moneyline)