NFL Football Betting: New York Giants at Detroit Lions

Added September 08, 2014 by Levi Watkins

The first week of NFL action for the 2014 regular season wraps up tonight with a pair of games. In this writeup we’ll take a look at the early matchup between the New York Giants and Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Both teams are coming off of disappointing seasons finishing with a 7-9 record and missing the playoffs. At least in New York head coach Tom Coughlin managed to keep his job though his top assistants were sent packing. The biggest departure was offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride who was hustled into the retirement and replaced with former Green Bay assistant Ben McAdoo. McAdoo’s primary job is to install a ‘West Coast offense’ and to revive the career of quarterback Eli Manning who is coming off of his worst season since taking over the starting gig.

Detroit pretty much hit the ‘reset button’ with their coaching staff, firing Jim Schwartz and hiring former Indianapolis head man Jim Caldwell. Caldwell is a much more likable guy than Schwartz but the bad news is that he’s not much of a disciplinarian either–and that’s what the talented but unfocused Lions need the most. Caldwell at least has a good quarterback to work with in Matthew Stafford–assuming that Stafford can avoid injury which was a problem earlier in his career. He does have some dangerous weapons at his disposal including Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush but concerns about the Lions’ running game remain.

The Giants look to be the more finished product. The offensive line could be a concern but the Giants should have a balanced offense with the emergence of running backs Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. A solid running game makes the ‘West Coast’ offense much easier to implement. Lions haven’t been a good investment at home where they’re 5-10-1 ATS and 8-14 ATS as a favorite. The Giants have started very slowly in each of the past two seasons (1-7 ATS in September) and that’s a concern but our hunch is that after a disappointing season they’ll look to come out of the gate strong this year. At any rate, the Lions getting way too much respect at home resulting in a price that is simply unjustified.


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