NFL Picks: Vikings vs. Giants Opening Odds Report

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:31 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 8:31 PM GMT

Week 6 is over and Week 7 will be on us before you know it. To close out Week 7, we have a somewhat lackluster, but very interesting game on Monday night between the Vikings and Giants.

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While both of these teams only have one win between them, it is still an intriguing matchup. The NFL odds for the game favor the home Giants at -3, with a total of 47. Let’s examine some of the questions surrounding this game, and see if they play into or out of our favor in a potential sports pick.

Questions abound

The Giants have a million questions, but we’ll get to those later. The big question on the other side is who will play QB in this game? Matt Cassel has started the last two games for the Vikings, and after looking ok in London against the Steelers, he looked really bad last week against a much tougher Panthers defense. Cassel had 44 pass attempts, but only 241 yards, (5.5 yards per attempt) one touchdown and two interceptions.

With Christian Ponder looking like he has played his last game as a Viking, the question then shifts to, will Josh Freeman come into the mix this week? He was inactive for the Vikings this past week, but with Minnesota quickly falling from the face of the NFL landscape this season, it wouldn’t hurt to turn it over to Freeman at this point. If he can grasp the offense quickly, he would be a welcome upgrade to either Ponder or Cassel. The problem is Week 7 might be a bit too soon for a Freeman start, but crazier things have happened.

In what could be the craziest story of the whole NFL this season, the Giants have not won a game SU through six weeks, and even though they are only 3 games out of the NFC East, this season is looking more and more lost. The G-Men have generated only five sacks through six games, they can’t run the ball to save their lives, and even Eli Manning (the ONLY Manning with two Super Bowl rings) is starting to come under fire.

However, this could be a turn around game for the Giants. Everything seems to be written well. They are up against a team with a worse defense, a revolving QB situation, and their only weapon is Adrian Peterson. Although I expect Peterson to do a ton of damage to the Giants’ 26th ranked run defense, it won’t be enough if the Vikings are starting Cassel against. Even the Giants’ secondary can stop him.

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ATS Trends

Despite the Giants’ recent successful seasons, they have not been able to beat Minnesota, which is surprising because with the exception of last year and the first year with Brett Favre, the Vikings haven’t been very good.

The Giants are 1-4 SU in their last five games overall against the Vikings, and they are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five home games against the Vikings. While the latter goes back much too far to be taken seriously, it is note worthy.

However, New York has covered two of their last three meetings with the Vikings. While it's too early to tell, right now the early lean for my NFL picks in this game is on the favorites. If the Giants don’t get a win here, they are done for the season and the security of Tom Coughlin’s job might start to be one of those very questions we mentioned. 

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