The New York Giants are not a great road team, especially on longer trips. Over the past six seasons, the Giants are just 3-9 straight up and 4-8 against the spread in games played west of the Mississippi. New York heads west this week for a bout with the Denver Broncos on Sunday night at Mile High.
NFL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 33.7-7.9 Broncos (NFL picks on every game)
Why the Giants can cover the spread
As bad as the Giants are, still winless on the season, their last three losses have come by a total of 10 points. They're also 2-1 ATS over that span. Last Sunday New York blew a late lead and lost a tough one to the Chargers, 27-22.
The Giants led Los Angeles 9-0 early, and 22-20 late, but fell down on a Chargers touchdown with three minutes to go. New York then reached the Los Angeles 48-yard line with a minute left before quarterback Eli Manning threw an interception on a fourth down.
On the day, New York outrushed Los Angeles 152-124, the first time they've done that this season. But an earlier Manning fumble led directly to the Chargers' game-winning score, and that was the difference. The Giants also failed on a two-point conversion.
Two weeks ago, New York lost at Tampa Bay 25-23 on a field goal at the buzzer. And just before that the Giants lost at Philadelphia 27-24 on another field goal on the final play. But they covered both those games as short dogs.
Why the Broncos can cover the spread
The Broncos bounced back from that loss at Buffalo three weeks ago to beat Oakland last time out 16-10. Denver then enjoyed last week off.
The Broncos bolted to a 10-0 lead on the Raiders, then gutted out the victory from there, sealing it with a Justin Simmons interception inside Denver territory with two minutes to go. They also hung on to cover a four-point spread.
On the afternoon, the Broncos outrushed Oakland 143-24 and won time of possession by a 33/27 split. Again the Denver defense led the way, limiting the Raiders to a 2-for-15 performance on third and fourth downs and a lone fluke touchdown.
The Broncos have now outgained and outrushed each of their four opponents this season.
Yes, teams like the Giants occasionally rise up from the ridicule to pull surprises, but would anybody be willing to bank on it happening Sunday? This team is beat up both physically and mentally and, for the moment, simply can't be trusted. The smart money here sides with Denver at online betting sites.
NFL betting trends
The Giants are 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against the Broncos.
The total has gone over in three of the Giants' last four games against the Broncos.
The Broncos are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games at home in October.
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