The New York Giants will have to start righting their ship if they want to keep their playoff chances alive. That’s going to be easier said than done this week, as they are up against the Carolina Panthers, who are looking for their third win of the season. At press, NFL Futures list the Giants at +1,200 to win the NFC East while the Panthers are priced at +250 to take the NFC South. Read on for a preview of this intriguing matchup below.
Betting Preview for the New York Giants vs Carolina Panthers NFL Week 5 Game on October 7, 2018
Where: Bank of America Stadium
When: Sunday, October 7, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Line: New York Giants (+6.5) vs Carolina Panthers (-6.5) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the New York Giants (1-3)
The Giants have wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Saquon Barkley, among the best in the league in their respective positions. That said, the Giants can’t seem to find a way to utilize both of them perfectly, as what their 18.2 points per game average. That’s the fourth-worst mark in the NFL thus far this season. That’s not to mention that the Giants are 25th with 314.2 total yards per game. In Week 4’s 33-18 home loss to the New Orleans Saints at home, Eli Manning went 31 of 41 for 255 passing yards and a touchdown. Barkley only had 44 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, while Beckham only had 60 receiving yards on seven receptions. With tight end Evan Engram still not expected to return due to an MCL sprain, the Giants’ offense has a grim outlook ahead of their showdown with the defensive-minded Panthers team.
The Giants, however, have covered the spread in two of their last four games as an underdog by seven points or fewer.
Betting on the Carolina Panthers (2-1)
The Panthers are coming into this coming Sunday’s date with the Giants as a well-rested team. Cam Newton and company are fresh off a bye in Week 4, which came after a 31-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3. Beating and limiting the high-powered offense of the Bengals is a loud and clear warning for the Giants’ offense that’s still trying to figure out a way to get it together. In the Bengals game, the Panthers picked Andy Dalton off four times and sacked him twice for a loss of 22 yards. Eli Manning could have a long day next week against this Panthers’ stop unit that is averaging 2.o takeaways per game – sixth in the NFL so far this season. Carolina’s pass rush is also 12th in the league with a 7.21 percent sack rate.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games.
Carolina wins, 26-17.
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