It’s never a good sign when your starting QB will play – for now – until the backup gets his arrest “situated,” according to reports in NY. The Giants are a mess.
Even the bye week hasn’t helped remove the distractions surrounding Eli Manning and his immediate future with the team. At 1-7 there may be an opportunity to temporarily stop the bleeding Monday night in San Francisco.
Yes, the Giants have lost five straight, but the last two have been close, much closer than the previous three weeks. The Giants lost 23-20 to Atlanta, then by a touchdown to Washington the following week.
Manning will start Monday night, but he hasn’t been the entire problem. Saquon Barkley will have to be the majority of the solution if the Giants expect to win. Barkley was limited to just 38 yards on 13 carries in their loss to Washington, most notably kept out of the end zone.
Still with some big play potential on offense, it will be up to the protection and execution of Manning to win.
Nick Mullens seems to have quieted any critics in the Bay Area about who should start for the Niners, this after one of the most impressive debuts in over 40 years.
Mullens threw for 262 yards and 3 TDs as San Francisco destroyed Oakland 34-3 last week. They ran the ball effectively, gaining 143 yards of 32 total carries. Raheem Mostert sealed the victory with a 52-yard run for a score.
Mostert is lost to injury, and the pressure now falls on Matt Breida to carry the ground game. It could be a long night for Manning and the Giants up front, as the Niners defense generated eight sacks against the lowly Raiders.
The Giants are not benching Manning nor are they suspending backup Kyle Lauletta after his arrest. Rookie DL R.J. McIntosh was activated this week after missing summer and training camp.
On the field LB Alec Ogletree is expected back after missing the Washington game with a hamstring injury. OT Chad Wheeler (ankle) is also expected to play through his injury. Wheeler missed the final quarter in that same game against Washington two weeks ago.
Unfortunately for the Niners, Mostert will miss the rest of the season after breaking his forearm in that victory against Oakland. CB Emmanuel Moseley is also shut down on the IR after he dislocated his shoulder.
CB Greg Mabin was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on Thursday. The same move will be made to replace the injured Mostert at RB before Monday’s game. Breida played through an ankle injury last week and is expected to this Monday night as well.
Here are some things for NFL betting fans to consider in this matchup:
This is normally difficult for any team traveling across the country to play a football game. The Giants struggle so much no matter where they play, it’s really a wonder this line (49ers -3 with 888Sport) doesn’t favor SF even more.
Mullens torched the Raiders last week, while Eli Manning and the Giants continue to squander big days by Odell Beckham Jr. The star WR has gone over 100 yards in three of the last four games, but they’ve lost all four.
The Giants haven’t gone over 21 points in four games, and it’s become painfully obvious they can’t keep up with any offense. You can point to the home field, but the reality is the advantage goes to the better QB. In this case it’s the hotter QB and that would be Mullens. Bet the 49ers -3.
Both teams on their best day have the potential to smash this over of 44, but we haven’t seen anything close to that from the Giants. Even if the Niners roll off that huge performance from last week, it’s NY that will be trailing behind.
The Giants offense has averaged just over 15 PPG over the last three weeks. San Francisco was able to throw all over Oakland’s defense, and much like the Raiders, the Giants don’t have enough playmakers to keep any team out of the end zone.
In just his second start Mullens will benefit from the limited amount of tape NY has on him. Take the under with Karamba.
The last time the Giants won a first quarter was five games ago against the Saints. They’ve only tied the opening frame once over the last month, losing the other three times.
The Giants’ struggles start pretty early in games, and there is another tough task opening up over 3,000 miles away from home. The 49ers defense came alive against Oakland and will be just as aggressive against the visiting Giants.
The opening quarter will not be kind to the Giants as they routinely struggle in early execution. Even if it’s second game jitters for Mullens and the Niners offense, they can at least sneak by 3-0 after one. Take San Francisco at +118 to win the opening quarter with 888Sport.
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