New Orleans Saints at New York Giants - 9/18/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Orleans Saints (0-1) at New York Giants (1-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Giants -5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 See the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Saints travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants in Week 2 NFL action.
The New Orleans Saints dropped a heartbreaker at home to the Oakland Raiders by a score of 35-34. The main talking point coming out of the game was the Raiders gutsy decision to go for a 2-point convert to win the game, and successfully did so. Drew Brees looked like the Drew Brees of old, going 28-42 for 423 yards and 4 touchdowns while Mark Ingram led the Saints on the ground with 58 yards and Willie Snead led the way for the Saints receiving core, putting up 172 yards and a touchdown on 9 receptions. Not to be outdone, Brandin Cooks kept pace, hauling in 6 passes for 143 yards and 2 scores of his own. The Saints were their usual mediocre selves on defense, as New Orleans failed to register a sack, interception or fumble the entire game, while allowing 486 yards of total offense, the second highest total coming out of week 1, and one has to wonder if they’re in for another rough outing when the Saints head to the Meadowlands on Sunday.
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The New York Giants held on for a 20-19 victory at AT&T Stadium over the Dallas Cowboys, marking the first victory in the Ben McAdoo era for the G-men. However the major turning point came at the end of the game, when the Cowboys were close to attemptable field goal range but Dallas receiver Terrance Williams failed to get out of bounds, handing the Giants the victory. Eli Manning completed 19 of 28 passes for 207 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception Rashad Jennings got the bulk of the workload out of the backfield, racking up 75 yards on 18 carries. The wealth was spread out amongst the Giants’ receivers, with Odell Beckham Jr. leading the way with 73 receiving yards on 4 catches, while rookie Sterling Shepard caught his first NFL touchdown, and Victor Cruz was welcomed back with a touchdown of his own in his first major NFL game action in nearly two years, prompting his infamous salsa dance after making the reception. The Giants also failed to register a sack, an interception or a fumble last week, however unlike their opponent this weekend, the Giants were able to hold Dallas to 328 yards and 19 points, both of which found them in or near the top 10 on defense after week 1.
New Orleans is 36-17-1 ATS against teams with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. New York is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 week 2 games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. New Orleans is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meeting in New York.
I have said it before and I say it again. Until the Saints can show me they know how to play defense, I’m going to go the other way. The Giants have some confidence after escaping with a road win in week 1, and they’re obviously comfortable with McAdoo at the helm.
Lay the points with the Giants.