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Game to bet on now
Cincinnati at New York Giants (-2.5)
Three straight losses (Washington, Minnesota, Green Bay) resulted in some analysts leaving the streaky Giants for road kill early last month, but things are peachy again in Gotham after three consecutive victories. And now New York (5-3 and two games behind the Cowboys in the NFC East) begins a stretch of three very winnable games against sub-.500 competition, starting with the enigmatic Bengals at home. The Bengals have four losses against what passes as the iron of the league in today’s NFL (New England, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Denver), but could have their hands full on Sunday. Early betting favors the Giants, so NY backers might want to pounce before heavy action out of the Northeast moves the line to 3.
Game to wait on
Los Angeles at New York Jets (-2.5)
It’s a little too early to throw in the towel, but Jets fans have a right to ask just what the heck is going on with their team. Matt Forte was supposed to power a strong running game that made up for Ryan Fitzpatrick’s QB deficiencies, and the defense was supposed to be rock solid. Instead, the Jets are 3-6 SU and have given up the most points (and scored the fewest) in the AFC East. More bad news – the Jets have two games left against the Patriots. Miami and Buffalo have “catapulted” the Jets by playing .500 ball. NY is not sure about Fitzpatrick this weekend, but reportedly he’ll play if his ailing knee responds to treatment. Bettors might want to hang on a bit, because backup Bryce Petty has taken only a few snaps in his career.
Total to watch
San Francisco at Arizona (48)
Over players need to be careful here. Arizona has struggled to find any kind of consistent offense this season, but somehow the Cardinals have put together the league’s No. 1 defense (statistically, anyway). San Francisco’s offense, meanwhile, too often seems like it’s moving uphill. The 49ers’ best shot in this one is to establish a ground attack and shorten the game, then try to make a few plays in the fourth quarter. The total has already been bet down from 49, and could go even a bit lower.
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