Monday Night Football: Week 1 Preview


Week 1 of the NFL season concludes on Monday night with a pair of betting matchups on the slate as the Detroit Lions get a visit from the New York Giants and the San Diego Chargers play on the road against the Arizona Cardinals.

Eli Manning and the Giants are looking to bounce back from a 7-9 campaign in 2013 in which they missed the playoffs, and they head into the primetime matchup with eight ATS victories in their past dozen appearances on Monday Night Football.

The Lions, also 7-9 last season, have managed to cover the spread in eight of their past 11 season-opening contests, and the odds board has them sitting as 6-point favorites at Ford Field for Monday night with the total at 47 points. [Check out the latest MNF odds]

The second half of the Monday Night Football doubleheader then has San Diego at Arizona, with the Cardinals going 10-6 last season and the Chargers going 9-7 – but Arizona missing the playoffs in the NFC and San Diego advancing to the postseason in the AFC.

San Diego has paid off for their supporters on the NFL odds in four of their past five appearances on Monday Night Football, while Arizona is just 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight appearances in the primetime matchup. Arizona is a 3-point favorite at home for the game with the total at 46.5 points. [Check out the latest MNF odds]

Matchup Report: New York Giants at Detroit Lions (Ford Field)

Betting Trends – NY Giants @ Detroit
Giants 0-5 ATS when opening season on the road
Lions 8-3 ATS past 11 openers
Road team is 7-1 past eight meetings of Giants and Lions
Lions 1-5 ATS past six games as home favorites
UNDER is 6-0-1 when Lions play on MNF dating to 1996
Giants 8-4 ATS past 12 MNF appearances

NY Giants Injuries
Odell Beckham WR Out Week 1 (hamstring)
James Brewer T Out Week 1 (back)
Markus Kuhn DT Out Week 1 (ankle)
Jonathan Beason LB Probable Week 1 (foot)
Charles Brown T Probable Week 1 (shoulder)
Brandon Mosley G Probable Week 1 (back)

Detroit Injuries
Don Carey S Out Week 1 (hamstring)
James Ihedigbo S Doubtful Week 1 (neck)
Caraun Reid DT Probable Week 1 (shoulder)

Matchup Report: San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (U of Phoenix Stadium)

Betting Trends – San Diego @ Arizona
Cardinals 5-1 ATS past six openers
Chargers 7-2 SU vs Cardinals since 1987
Chargers are 8-1-1 ATS past 10 games as road underdogs
Cards 2-10 SU vs AFC West teams since 2002
Chargers 4-1 ATS past five Monday Nighters
Cardinals 1-6-1 ATS on MNF since 1995

San Diego Injuries
Christopher Davis CB Out Week 1 (ankle)
Jahleel Addae S Questionable Week 1 (hamstring)
Lawrence Guy DE Questionable Week 1 (shoulder)
Sean Lissemore DT Questionable Week 1 (ankle)
Manti Te’o LB Questionable Week 1 (foot)
Keenan Allen WR Probable Week 1 (ribs)
Jason Verrett CB Probable Week 1 (shoulder)

Arizona Injuries
Alex Okafor LB Out Week 1 (thigh)
Andre Ellington RB Questionable Week 1 (foot)
Tyrann Mathieu S Questionable Week 1 (knee)
Jonathan Cooper G Probable Week 1 (toe)
Larry Fitzgerald WR Probable Week 1 (knee)
Kevin Minter LB Probable Week 1 (chest)
Frostee Rucker DT Probable Week 1 (back)


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