A veritable shootout is expected when the Falcons and Giants collide in the Big Apple according to the NFL odds. Join us as we weigh in on this week 2 NFL clash and serve up our choice NFL picks.
Atlanta Falcons (1-0, 0-0 away)
The Atlanta Falcons survived a late surge by the Philadelphia Eagles to clinch the ‘W’ in their season home opener. A combination of great play early in the game and some luck in the second half (Eagles missed a field goal attempt that could have given them the road win) saw the Falcons defy the NFL odds as the 3-point home pups against the highly fancied Eagles. That’s just the way it goes – so don’t expect any apology from the Falcons.
To be fair, the Falcons played with a lot of heart, intensity and swagger. Just as Dan Quinn promised they would when he took over the head coaching job this season. The notorious defensive guru Quinn, keeper of the Legion of Boom in Seattle for several years, was hired to give the Falcons some depth, edge and ferocity across the board, but mainly on the defensive side of the ball where they were characterless last season.
Indeed, that mandate seemed to be next to an impossible task given the fact that he’d inherited the league’s worst defense, ranked 32nd in total defense in 2014. A far cry from the infamous Legion of Boom. One game isn’t a whole lot to go on, but the early prognosis is rather promising, better than conservative pre-season predictions would have had the Falcons. (Case-and-point: Falcons are now the +160 favourites to win the AFC South title, well ahead of the defending champions Carolina Panthers at +188 NFL odds and recently fallen-out-of-favor Saints at +220 NFL odds.
New York Giants (0-1, 0-0 home)
Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin have had a rough week, make no mistake. Not only did they botch their opener in Dallas, but also the media hasn’t held back, adding insult to injury in a merciless tirade of screaming headlines that leave nothing to the imagination. Willy-nilly attacking the pair indiscriminately, even though Manning and Coughlin stoically claimed responsibility for the loss instead of pointing fingers at each other.
So it was a demoralising loss. To frit away a 23-20 lead and an opportunity to go up by 10 points with some bad play calling with barely a minute left on the clock is irresponsible game management, especially when there was enough time for the Cowboys to come back and win 27-26. What is widely being overlooked though – a small detail really that only the keenest eye for detail would notice – is the fact that the Giants were +6.5 to +7.0 underdogs on the NFL odds board. In layman terms: there were not supposed to have a chance at all against the Cowboys, never mind playing the close for most of the game.
Granted they lost, but they almost won too. That must count for something, surely. If not prove deciding in week 2 NFL betting. Knowing they were so close to beating the standouts of the 2014 season and divisional rivals Dallas Cowboys has to give them some measure of optimism for week 2. Let’s not forget the chip that’s on their shoulder now after all the hoopla in the media and brutal criticism levied on them.
The Giants will be at home in week 2 NFL betting and for what it’s worth, oddsmakers do corner the game in their camp as the -140 favorites to win outright and the 2.5-point home chalk.
NFL Betting Verdict
There are many NFL bettors that expect the Giants to bounce back in week 2 NFL betting at the expense of the Atlanta Falcons. Consensus betting reveals at least 66% of early money coming down the wire going towards the Giants, a fact that is underscored by a 6-1 SU record over the Falcons in their last seven meetings. We’re of a mind to agree. So we’re shading the Giants on our NFL picks as the 2.5-point home chalk and the -140 faves to win straight up; here’s hoping the Giants aren’t fragile and won’t crumble in week 2 in the face of an improving Falcons side that is looking to extend its perfect start under coach Dan Quinn to two straight wins.
NFL Free Picks: Giants -2.5 (-110) and -140 to win SU at bet365