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NFL Free Pick: New York vs. Detroit Betting Lines & Preview

Monday Night Football Odds – Giants vs Lions

NFL Week 1 Regular Season action sees the New York Giants taking on the Detroit Lions on Monday, September 8 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Cappers Picks provides free NFL handicapping tips all season long.

The New York Giants will attempt to shake off what was an ugly preseason when they take on the high-flying Detroit Lions in Week 1 of the NFL season. Both teams missed the playoffs last year and will be looking to get on track early on in the new season.

N.Y. Giants at Detroit

N.Y. Giants at Detroit
When: 7:10 PM ET, Monday, September 8, 2014
Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Broadcast: ESPN
Giants vs. Lions Betting Lines
NFL Week 1 Line: Giants +5
NFL Week 1 Over/Under: 47
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A statement could be made by each team in this matchup – it should be interesting to say the least.


By all accounts, the New York Giants looked absolutely miserable in the preseason and need to flick some sort of a switch before they hit the field in their season opener Monday night.

The G-Men had a season to forget last year, going 7-9 with Eli Manning throwing 27 interceptions and the patented running game taking a huge step backward (29th in the NFL averaging 83 yards per game).

New York will be looking to improve on a 2013 offense that scored just 294 points – 28th in the NFL and will be looking to better secure the ball – the Giants committed a league high 44 giveaways last year – yuk!

The Giants will play under new Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo – they haven’t shown an affinity for his West Coast style just yet – no one on the first team offense stood out in the preseason – no one! In fact there is a reasonable sense of concern in Giants camp that the learning curve may stretch well into the Regular Season – not what Giants fans wanna hear.

With a bumbling passing game, newly acquires Rashad Jennings has been brought in to rebuild the Giants’ awful rushing attack. He was terrific last season in Oakland and he has been the lone bright spot in camp for New York – but that’s not saying a whole lot!


New York’s defense looks on paper to have improved, which is a good thing for a team that won’t have a whole lotta offensive support – Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond along with improving Prince Amukamara and veteran safety Antrel Rolle make up a decent secondary while veterans Jon Beason and Jason Pierre-Paul look good as we head into Week 1.


The Detroit Lions have a ton to prove – will they ever get over that hump? Offensively this team looks just fine – Matt Stafford off a 4,650 yard, 29 TD campaign, Calvin Johnson after his 110 catch, 1,494 yard, 12 TD year and Reggie Bush are legitimate threats – these three are capable of winning games all by themselves. Expect the Lions offense to shine under new Head Coach Jim Caldwell whose offensive philosophy is welcomed in the Motor City.

Detroit’s defensive front which consists of Ziggy Ansah (eight sacks), Ndamukong Suh (5 1/2) and Nick Fairley (six) will likely have their way with a New York O-line that gave up 39 sacks last year. The Lions speed and tenacity is Taylor-made for the lack of mobility they are about to see in Mr. Eli Manning.

The Lions’ defense isn’t elite, but it likely won’t have to be Monday night.

NFL Betting Week 1 Trends

• Under is 14-4 in NYG last 18 road games.
• NYG are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC.
• DET are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in Week 1.
• Over is 7-3-1 in DET last 11 games in September.

Week 1 NFL Prediction

There aren’t a whole lot of people with a ton of confidence in the New York Giants heading into the season – count me as one of them! Eli looks slow and tentative, the O-line doesn’t look like it has improved at all and the overall feeling around the team seems to be one of survival rather than that of thriving.

The Giants beat the Lions in Detroit last year – don’t expect that to happen again. This has blowout written all over it as calls for a coaching change in New York start extra-early this year!

4* Monday Night NFL Pick:

Detroit Lions -5

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