Thu, Oct 17, 5:23pm by Ed Scimia
Match: Minnesota Vikings vs New York Giants
When & Where: 11:40am, Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ MetLife Stadium, New Jersey
Best NFL Bookmaker: IASbet.com – Deposit $50 and get a $100 free bet.
There have been few NFL match-ups this season less appealing than the Minnesota Vikings travelling to visit the New York Giants. Between these two squads, they’ve only managed a total of one win. The Giants are shockingly 0-6 in a season where – while not many predicted them to be one of the league’s top teams – they were at least expected to contend for another division title. But this is the Monday Night Football game (Tuesday morning for us), and so NFL fans will be stuck watching it if they want any football action after the glorious weekend has finished.
The Giants, despite having failed to win a game so far this season, head in to the contest as three-and-a-half point favourites, largely because of a relatively decent performance against the Chicago Bears last week, and the fact they’re playing at their home stadium.
If they want to finally grab their elusive first win, quarterback Eli Manning will need to step up his game. The normally reliable QB has struggled mightily so far, throwing just nine touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. While many of these picks haven’t been entirely his fault – receivers missing routes, dropping passes and some bad luck on a few tipped balls – Manning still hasn’t looked great. New York has also been unable to run the ball, and its defence has given up nearly 35 points per game; the worst figure in the NFL.
Minnesota (1-4) hasn’t been much better. They’ve conceded an average of 31.6 points per game, although they have been more successful on the offensive side of the fence. Aside from last week’s horror 25-point loss to the Panthers, the Vikes have managed to score at least 24 points in every game. Adrian Peterson remains the best running back in the NFL, and even if he hasn’t been quite as explosive so far this year, he’s still on track for over 1500 rushing yards this season. Peterson had a forgettable performance last week, but it’s important to remember the game came very soon after the tragic death of one of his sons, which seemed to have a chilling affect on the Vikings as a whole.
So, here we are: Two teams which have been disappointing both in their own results and against the spread this year. How is a punter to choose? In my mind, it’s hard to pick a side, which hasn’t won a match this deep in to the season, to win by more than a field goal (as the line suggests), even if it is coming up against another poor outfit. And while the quality of the game mightn’t be sky-high, it’s hard to see the sloppy Giant defence being able to stop Peterson. This should mean the Vikings will be able to put up plenty of points, leaving the onus on New York to match them in a shoot-out. And if that happens, the Giants’ turnover woes could very well come back to bite them, leaving many Big Blue fans pondering if and when they’ll notch up that first ‘W’. Prediction: Minnesota 28, New York 24
The Vikings are underdogs in the H2H market so a straight up wager on them for the win is not a bad value bet at this stage.
Minnesota: $2.53 with IASbet.com
New York: $1.55
Minnesota +3.5: $1.85
New York -3.5: $2.01
As mentioned before, the Vikings have managed to score at least 24 points in four out of their five games, and obviously only one of those matches was a win. So Minnesota at $1.91 with IASbet.com to score more than 21 points looks like a good bet.
The Vikings are also at $4.50 to win by 1-6 points. The Giants are paying $3.60 to claim victory by 1-6 points.
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