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MNF Betting Preview: Comeback Lions Ready to Roar as Road Dogs

After a pair of games set the tone in the opening week of Monday Night Football, the schedule gets back to basics in Week 2 when the Detroit Lions and New York Giants have the spotlight all to themselves under the bright lights of MNF.

Shark Bites
  • The Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against the NFC East.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the Lions’ last 12 games.
  • The Giants are 2-5 SU in their last seven games at night.

Xbet opened the Giants as 5-point home favorites for the prime-time affair.

The Lions looked to be a well-oiled machine in their season-opening 35-23 triumph over the Arizona Cardinals, as Jim Caldwell’s crew performed above expectations in every area of the game.

The freshly re-signed Matthew Stafford tossed for 292 yards and four touchdowns on 29-for-41 passing, while Golden Tate and rookie wideout Kenny Golladay also stepped up in a big way against the Cards. Along with Tate and Golladay, Marvin Jones, Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah provide Stafford with some nice options to be competitive week in and week out in the tough NFC North.

OVER bettors will be hoping those offensive fireworks continue, and recent trends suggest they will. In the last five clashes between the Giants and Lions in New York, the OVER is 4-1.

While the Lions will be riding a high thanks to their come-from-behind victory, it’s the opposite story for the G-men. New York fell flat on its face in an unimpressive 19-3 season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys with the eyes of the nation upon them in Sunday Night Football. The absence of star wide receiver Odell Beckham was noticeable, but it can’t be pointed at as the lone reason the Giants stumbled out of the gate.

Eli Manning’s numbers look decent on paper (29-for-39 for 220 yards), but he was consistently overwhelmed by the Cowboys defense and is clearly in the twilight of his career at the age of 36. The running game was a non-factor for Big Blue, as the backfield was only able to record 35 yards on an awful 2.9 yards per carry. Paul Perkins led the team with a ridiculously low 16 rushing yards.

According to recent history, New York hasn’t been any better when it comes to cashing tickets in the second week of the season. In the Giants’ previous five Week 2 contests, they’re 0-5 ATS.

OddsShark NFL prediction models pointed to a 23-19 result in favor of the Giants on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Detroit Lions vs New York Giants Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the New York Giants have seen them go 0-1 and 0-1 ATS so far this season, while the Detroit Lions are at 1-0 and 1-0 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Lions are 1-0, while the Giants are 0-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Detroit injuries news.

The New York Giants sit at No. 11 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Detroit Lions are at No. 17 on that chart.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out, Matthew Stafford threw for 4 scores and 292 yards in leading his team past Arizona at Ford Field.

The Giants suffered a Week 1 loss against Dallas in their last game, falling 19-3 at AT&T Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Detroit's last 12 games
  • Detroit is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • NY Giants is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Giants' last 10 games
  • NY Giants is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • NY Giants is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit home to Atlanta, Sunday, September 24
New York at Philadelphia, Sunday, September 24