If you’re ready to jump on the New York Giants bandwagon, you might want to pause for a moment before making the leap. The Giants, winners of four straight, are on a roll and return home to face the ailing Cardinals.
Arizona has dropped three straight after looking like a possible division champion. For the Giants, that trip home might not be all that it appears.
Game: Arizona Cardinals (6-6, 5-7 ATS) at New York Giants (5-7, 8-4 ATS)
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 13, 2020
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Current Line: ARI -3 Total: 45
TV Coverage: FOX
Sunday’s game is huge for both teams as far as its impact on the NFC playoff race. The Giants, by virtue of playing in the worst division in the NFL, control their destiny despite being 5-7. New York leads the NFC East currently.
Arizona was 6-3 and at the top of the NFC West before dropping three straight. At 6-6, the Cardinals are still very much alive in the NFC playoff race. It would be in their best interest to get back on track and win down the stretch.
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The key will be Cardinals QB Kyler Murray, who was a legitimate MVP candidate just a few weeks ago. Murray injured a shoulder and, as a result, has not been able to take advantage of his running ability. Since injuring his shoulder, Murray has rushed just 15 times for 61 yards. Prior to the injury, Murray was averaging over six yards per carry.
With Murray hampered by the injury, the Giants defense should continue its recent success. The Giants are actually a top-10 defense. They rank 10th in total defense and 10th in points allowed per game. The Giants have also forced the third-most turnovers in the NFL, just behind Pittsburgh and Miami.
The problem for the Giants will be scoring points. Starting quarterback Daniel Jones is listed as questionable. Backup Colt McCoy led the Giants to an upset of Seattle last week, but was not much more effective than Jones had been. Neither quarterback strikes fear into an opposing defense.
The Giants don’t strike fear into anyone, especially when playing at home at MetLife Stadium. In fact, the Giants have been one of the worst home teams in the NFL since moving to MetLife in 2010.
Opponents of the Giants playing on the road at MetLife have a strong 49-34-2 record against the spread. Home teams, in general, actually do not outperform road teams. If you go back to 2004, road teams have a better ATS record than home teams – 2,243-2,125-129. Plus, home field advantage has been severely diminished by the coronavirus this season.
Bettors looking to make a play on the Cardinals-Giants should also consider Arizona’s road record since Kliff Kingbury took over as the team’s head coach. The Cardinals are a profitable 8-4-2 ATS since Kingsbury became the head man. Also, the Cardinals are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games against the Giants.
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