Liev Jackson SNF Picks: Giants Look To Stay in Playoff Contention Against Vikings
Sunday, December 27, 2015
by Liev Jackson

Liev Jackson SNF Picks: Giants Look To Stay in Playoff Contention Against Vikings

New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings

Giants: 6-8 SU,8-5-1 ATS
Vikings: 9-5 SU,11-3 ATS
When:
8:30 PM ET, Sunday, December 27, 2015
Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: NBC

The New York Giants suffered a double whammy last week. In what was one of the more entertaining games of the season, they lost a heartbreaker to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. At one point they were down 35-7 to the Panthers and still trailed 35-14 entering the fourth.

They battled all the way back to tie it at 35 with less than two minutes to go. But MVP frontrunner Cam Newton led the Panthers methodically down the field and Graham Gano nailed the 43 yard field goal as time expired.

But what really hurts was the dangerous play of all world receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He was called for three personal fouls and it could have been more. And instead of the refs tossing him from the game for a helmet to helmet hit on CB Josh Norman, the NFL is making up for it by suspending him for this one.

As such the Giants will be without the player currently third in the NFL in yards, eighth in receptions and tied for first in TDs (91-1396-13).

What makes the job more ominous is that the lead rusher Rashad Jennings has only 619 yards and the number two receiver is Rueben Randle with a line of 51-638-6. Number three is running back Shane Vereen with 51-402-4.

No doubt though what gives them a chance is that QB Eli Manning is behind center. He has made a career of surprising people when the chips are down. That includes the tight losses earlier this year to the Patriots and of course the Panthers.

The Vikings meanwhile may or may not need to win the game to clinch a playoff spot. That will depend on what happens earlier in the day when Atlanta hosts Carolina. This has been an up and down team of late, especially against the better teams on their schedule.

They are just 2-3 in their last five after starting out 7-2. Those losses were to Green Bay, Seattle and Arizona. The wins came against Atlanta and last week’s 38-17 thrashing of the Bears.

What’s been especially promising for Minnesota has been the improving play of QB Teddy Bridgewater. For most of the season the Vikings passing game has been among the worst in the league. They have eight games of less than 200 yards through the air. And that put RB Adrian Peterson in the mix for league MVP because of how he carried the team. But as opponents have stacked the box to stop the run the last couple weeks, it’s been the passing game doing most of the damage.

Two weeks ago in a tight loss to the Cardinals, Bridgewater threw for 335 yards one touchdown and no INTs. Last week it was 231 yards, but he went 17-20 with 4 touchdowns. Incredibly that raised his total touchdowns on the season to 13.

Peterson has slowed down the last three weeks with 150 yards on 49 carries and one touchdown, but he still leads the NFL in yards, has a healthy 4.6 avg. and is second with 9 touchdowns. In short he’s a threat every game.

The Giants are last in the league in giving up 423 yards a game, but they do keep the opposition from scoring touchdowns. They are 23rd in scoring D at 25.6 PPG. The Vikings are eighth at 19.4 PPG.

The Giants with Beckham are sixth in the league in scoring at 26.6 PPG. Minnesota is 21st at 21.1.

New York has 19 players either out or on injured reserve. They’ve been especially hard hit in the defensive secondary.

The Vikings have eight players out with the biggest hit to the offensive line.

Bovada has the Vikings favorites at 7-point favorites and the total sitting at 44½ according to MyBookie.ag

On the NFL Football Moneyline Odds at BetOnline Vikings are the Favorite at -330.

New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings Odds & Betting Lines

Gm# Team
Opener
105 NY Giants
45½
106 Minnesota
-6½
  Moneyline
+210/-260

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In their last action, Minnesota was a 38-17 winner at home against the Bears. They covered the -4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (55) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, New York was a 38-35 loser at home against the Panthers. They covered the +4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (73) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL Betting Odds & Trends

New York:
NY Giants is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
NY Giants is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Giants's last 8 games

Minnesota:
Minnesota is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games
Minnesota is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Minnesota's last 15 games

Next up:
New York home to Philadelphia Sunday, January 3
Minnesota at Green Bay Sunday, January 3

The Bottom Line: The Giants already know they are out of the playoffs after the Redskins win over Philadelphia on Saturday. That makes the Vikings strong favorites to cover big. The Pick: Vikings 38-14.

Liev NFL Prediction: Minnesota -7 at MyBookie


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adrian peterson - cam newton - eli manning - josh norman - minnesota vikings - new york giants - odell beckham jr. - rashad jennings - rueben randle - shane vereen

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