New York Giants (1-7) vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-7) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
NFL Week10:8:15 ET on Monday, November 12, 2018
Maybe you are ready for some football, but the question will be whether the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers are ready to play as these two teams enter this contest with a combined record of 3-14. San Francisco will be turning to their third-string quarterback as Nick Mullens takes over.
This is a series that is tied 20-20-0 all time. San Francisco won the last meeting between these two teams, winning 31-21 in San Francisco in November last year. However, New York has won six of the last nine meetings between these two teams.
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Giants Drop Fifth Straight
The good news for the New York Giants is that rookie running back Saquon Barkley already has over 1000 yards from scrimmage just eight games into the season. From there, there isn’t much positive to say about the New York Giants and that was on display in their most recent loss a 20-13 defeat at the hands of the Washington Redskins in Week 8.
Washington dominated this came from the start, getting in Alex Smith 7 yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Washington led by four at the half and would extend their lead back to seven with a field goal in the third quarter. They would eventually move to a 20-6 lead before Eli Manning threw a 2-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left to make this a seven-point game. However, the Giants could not get the onside kick dropping their fifth straight game.
Despite a disappointing season, Eli Manning has played well, throwing for 2377 yards and eight touchdowns. However, he has been sacked 31 times and thrown six interceptions. Barkley has 519 yards rushing and 497 yards receiving. He has seven total touchdowns. Odell Beckham leads the team in receiving was 61 catches for 785 yards.
New York has lost 12 of their last 13 games dating back to last season. A loss to San Francisco on Monday would give the Giants back to back 1-8 starts.
49ers Crush Raiders to End Skid
The San Francisco 49ers ended a six-game losing streak on Thursday, crushing the Oakland Raiders 34-3. Oakland scored the first three-point to the game, and San Francisco responded with 34 straight points. Mullens was forced into action and delivered with a 262 yard, three touchdown performance. Raheem Mostert had seven carries for 86 yards and a touchdown.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for San Francisco that dated back to Week 2 when they defeated the Detroit Lions by three. San Francisco is now averaging 23.0 points per game while giving up 26.6 on average. They have not given up a turnover in either of the last two games.
Mullens leads the team in rushing with 531 yards and a 5.5 yards per carry average. George Kittle has 41 receptions for 692 yards and three touchdowns. The defense is led by DeForest Buckner, who has 5.5 sacks this season.
- 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a bye week.
- 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against NFC opponents.
- 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 games in November.
- 1-5 ATS in their last six games against NFC opponents.
- 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games at home.
- 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games at home against teams with a losing record on the road.
The Winner Prediction
San Francisco looked like an entirely different team with Mullens at the quarterback position, but New York will have the opportunity to review film to prepare for him this week. The question will be whether they have any answers for the San Francisco starter.
This used to be a marquee matchup, but those are in the days of old. However, San Francisco has scored 27 or more points in five of their nine games. We go with the offense here and expect the 49ers to win.
The Pick: San Francisco 49ers (-3.0)
The total is set at 44.0 and normally we would think that would be a bit high as New York has not scored more than 20 points in any of their last three games. However, they come off of a bye week giving them a little bit extra time to prepare for this contest. San Francisco also has additional time considering their last game was on a Thursday night. Take the over.
The Pick: Over 44.0