The two teams that took part in the NFL’s International Series within the past month will meet at MetLife Stadium on Monday night. Giants will host the Cincinnati Bengals as two-point home favorites. The New York Giants are 1-4 straight up and against the spread in their last five appearances on Monday Night Football but they hope to buck that trend with a win this Monday night.
The Giants have grown accustomed to playing close games. They have won their five games by a combined 20 points this season. They are riding a three-game winning streak. In their last nine games at home against teams with losing records, the Giants are 7-2 SU, including a 17–10 victory over Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London in Week 7.
The Bengals are coming off their bye, which followed a 27–27 tie with the Redskins at Wembley Stadium in Week 8. They blew a 20–10 third-quarter lead versus the Redskins and actually trailed 24–20 early in the fourth before forcing overtime.
The Giants picked up an important win last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, improving to 5-3 SU on the season instead of falling to 4-4. Since starting the year off with a 2-3 SU and 0-3-2 ATS run, New York is now a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS over its last three games.
Historically, New York hasn’t fared well as a home underdog. The Giants are 0-10 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games as a home dog, with their last home upset coming all the way back in 2009.
Betting Line / Total: Cincinnati -1 / 47 Points
Trend: The Giants are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games on Monday.
Cincinnati lost only four games in the entire 2015 regular season, but this year it took the Bengals only six weeks to get to their fourth loss. The Bengals limped into their bye week with a 3-4-1 SU and 2-5-1 ATS record, tying Washington, 27-27, as a 3-point favorite in their last game.
If the Giants can avoid a loss this week, the schedule lines up favorably for continued success with a home game against Chicago and a road game against Cleveland coming up.
After finishing in the top 10 last season in scoring offense (26.2 points per game) and scoring defense (17.4 PPG), this year’s Cincinnati team is outside of the top 15 in both categories with 20.9 points for and 23.6 points against per game in 2016.
Monday night’s total is set at 47 points. The OVER is 5-2 in the last seven games between the Bengals and Giants.
The Bengals are 0-8-1 SU in their last nine games against teams with winning records. If Cincinnati hopes to keep its slim playoff hopes this season alive, the Bengals need a road win on Monday night in New York.
The bad news for the Bengals is that the road team has lost the past seven meetings in the series with the Giants dating back to 1985. Nothing has been written yet, get in the action and make your predictions for Monday night at HeritageSports.eu