Monday Night Football: Colts at Giants

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Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants (+3,
50.5)

The bye week came just in time for the New York Giants, who
will attempt to halt a two-game skid when they host Andrew Luck
and the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. Back-to-back road
losses to division rivals Philadelphia and Dallas dropped the
Giants below .500 and they face a steep climb to get back into
the playoff picture in the NFC. “We’ve got nine games to play
as well as we can possibly play,” New York coach coach Tom
Coughlin said. “I think anybody in that locker room can do
that.”

The Colts were riding high with a five-game winning streak, but
it came to a screeching halt in a 51-34 loss at Pittsburgh last
week. Indianapolis had allowed 17 points or fewer four times
during its five-game run and was coming off a shutout before
its defense was shredded by Ben Roethlisberger and the
Steelers, allowing six touchdown passes and more than 500 yards
through the air. “Just like a great win, you can’t let a loss
like this linger,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “There’s a
team sitting and waiting and licking its chops in New York
right now who’s going to be well-rested.”

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.

LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Giants +3 and it has held at
that number. The total has also held firm at 50.5.

INJURY REPORT: Colts – WR Reggie Wayne (elbow), LB D’Qwell
Jackson (Probable, toe), CB Vontae Davis (Questionable, knee),
LB Erik Walden (Doubtful, hip), S LaRon Landry (eligible,
suspension). Giants – T James Brewer
(Questionable, back).

WEATHER:
Temperatures will be in the high-40s under
partly cloudy skies. Wind will blow across the field at 6 mph.

COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Colts (-4.25) + Giants
(+1) + home field (-3.0) = Colts -2.25

WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Indianapolis coming off
first loss in six games and are road favorites in New York for
a second-straight week. 15-2 ATS last 17 games following a
loss. The Giants are coming off their bye week but gained
ground in the division with Dallas and Philadelphia losses.
4-9-1 ATS L14 games following a bye week.” Covers
Expert Matt Fargo.

WHAT BOOKS SAY:
“Indianapolis has been one of the top
most popular NFL bets this season, so we opened Colts -3.5,
whereas many other shops opened them -3. We are going to need
the Giants to cover in a big way, as 84 percent of cash and 88
percent of bets are backing the Colts on the spread.”
Mike Jerome,
TopBet.eu.

CHEERLEADER WAR:



ABOUT THE COLTS (5-3 SU, 6-2 ATS, 6-2 O/U):

Indianapolis has a pair of familiar faces in the lineup in
ex-Giants Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw. While Nicks has been
a non-factor at wideout despite playing in the league’s top
passing attack, Bradshaw has been an integral part of the
offense while sharing time with Trent Richardson in the
backfield, rushing for a pair of scores while tying for the
team lead with six scoring receptions. Reggie Wayne (elbow) is
expected to return to the lineup after missing last week’s game
and will provide a boost to Luck, who leads the league with
2,731 passing yards and is tied with predecessor Peyton Manning
with an NFL-best 22 TDs. The Colts led the AFC in total yards
allowed until surrendering a whopping 639 to Pittsburgh.

ABOUT THE GIANTS (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS, 4-3 O/U):
New York had won three in a row and rolled up a staggering 105
points in the process, but it was shut out in Philadelphia and
unable to keep pace with Dallas prior to the bye week. With
leading rusher Rashad Jennings (knee) set to miss his third
straight game and leading receiver Victor Cruz lost for the
season in the debacle against Philadelphia, rookie first-round
pick Odell Beckham Jr. figures to play a bigger role after
hauling in a pair of TD passes from Eli Manning versus Dallas.
Manning led the league in interceptions (27) last season and
threw five more in the first four games, but he hasn’t been
picked off in the last three. Rookie running back Andre
Williams rushed for 110 yards in the past two games while
subbing for Jennings.

TWEET BEAT:



TRENDS:

* Colts are 15-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
* Colts are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Monday games.
* Under is 4-1 in Giants last five home games.
* Giants are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a bye
week.

COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers
Consensus, 69 percent of wagers are backing the Giants.

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