Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have a must-win game when they host the struggling New York Giants in a clash of last place teams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday Night Football.
New York Giants
The Giants are on a three-game losing streak after suffering a 34-13 home setback against the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles on October 11. Running back Saquon Barkley was a bright spot the Giants, finishing one receiving yard shy of becoming the first rookie in franchise history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game. Barkley ran for 130 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries and he caught nine passes for 99 receiving yards. Eli Manning completed 24 of 43 passes for 281 yards and one interception, failing to record a touchdown pass for the second time this season and Odell Beckham Jr. made just six receptions for 44 yards.
The Giants are averaging 260.8 passing yards (17th in the NFL) and 87.5 rushing yards (27th). New York ranks 27th with 19.5 points per game and 24th with 27.0 points against. Eli Manning has passed for 1662 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions, Saquon Barkley has 438 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 84 carries and Odell Beckham Jr. has 45 receptions for 506 yards and one touchdown. Landon Collins has 49 tackles and B.J. Hill has two sacks.
The Falcons look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season after surviving a late rally to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-29 and snap a three-game losing streak. Matt Ryan completed 31 of 41 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns and he added 13 yards on the grounds, Ito Smith ran for 22 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries, Tevin Coleman finished with 35 rushing yards on 10 carries and Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 144 receiving yards.
The Falcons are averaging 311.3 passing yards (5th in the NFL) and 86.0 rushing yards (29th). Atlanta ranks 9th with 27.8 points per game and 31st with 32.0 points against. Matt Ryan has passed for 1956 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions, Tevin Coleman has 260 rushing yards on 71 carries and one touchdown and Julio Jones has 44 receptions for 708 yards. Duke Riley has 37 tackles and Takkarist McKinley has 4.5 sacks.
The Over is:
5-0 in Atlanta’s last five games overall
4-0 in Atlanta’s last four home games
16-5-1 in Atlanta’s last 22 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game
10-4 in Atlanta’s last 14 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game
The Falcons are a team with many holes on defense but they have several playmakers on offense. Tevin Coleman should run the ball efficiently against a poor Giants defense that allows 121.3 rushing yards per game and although Mohammed Sanu (hip) and Calvin Ridley (ankle) both left last week’s game with injuries and they’ve been limited in practice, Julio Jones and tight end Austin Hooper can carry the load if necessary and the Giants can up points despite Eli Manning’s struggles, so betting on this game to go Over the number has value.
NFL Pick: Over 54 (-110)
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