It’s a good thing we can bet on these football games.

Because unless you are a diehard Giants fan, or you’re rooted somewhere in the Bay Area, I can’t really imagine another reason why you’d want to tune into this contest.

The 49ers are 2-7 and are on their third QB of the year. The Giants are even worse, as the losers of five straight are still searching for their second win of the 2018 campaign.

There’s not a whole lot to look forward to in terms of any playoff implications, but there is one motive to keep tabs on the outcome of this game.

You are here because you are looking for some substantial information that will steer you toward betting one side or the other.

Perhaps you want to target the over or under, or maybe you just want someone who knows football to tell you who will win this game.

I’ll do my best to convince you where to place your money in tonight’s Monday Night Football game, and it starts with understanding these two squads inside and out.

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New York Giants

This league comes down to winning football games, and right now, the Giants just are getting it done. First-year coach Pat Shurmur has been unable to string together any kind of consistency on either side of the ball, and fans in the Big Apple are becoming restless.

Shurmur had to reiterate to the media that Eli Manning will remain his starter for MNF’s game in Santa Clara. However, how long that leash will extend is still anybody’s guess.

The fact that their fourth-round draft pick Kyle Lauletta was recently arrested for multiple traffic violations has perhaps bought Manning some time temporarily, but the writing is already on the wall.

Eli has thrown just eight touchdowns in as many games and is having trouble staying upright in the pocket.

Through eight games in 2018, Manning has been sacked a league-high 31 times. That’s the same number of sacks he suffered in all of 2017.

To be fair, the offensive line has been woeful. The receivers aren’t creating separation.

But it sure doesn’t help that their quarterback’s mobility is deteriorating before our eyes.

Eli’s inability to extend plays outside the hash marks and convert key third-downs has hurt this team all year long, and I’m starting to wonder how much longer it will be until this franchise turns the page.

At 1-7 and the season going absolutely nowhere, the front office can sense that it’s time to start moving on.

One bright spot in this offense has been their rookie running back Saquon Barkley, who is proving game in and game out that he is an all-world back in the National Football League.

The 21-year-old Penn State alum not only is electric both running and catching the ball out of the backfield, but Saquon has also shown he has the motor to be an every-down workhorse.

If Odell Beckham Jr. can pick up on Barkley’s work ethic and his “team-first” oriented attitude, the pair could be quite the duo down the road for the New York Giants organization. But I won’t be holding my breath for that to happen because we’re all still waiting for OBJ to grow up.

As far as the defensive side of the ball goes for the G-Men, their inability to rush the passer and put pressure on the opposing quarterback has really set this group back as a whole. Their 10 sacks rank 31st in the league, and they haven’t been good at getting off the field on third down.

I don’t want to say the defense lacks speed and playmakers, but I will say they lack leadership and proper guidance. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is in his first year running the show, and if things persist like this – it might very well be his last.

San Francisco 49ers

I know I spent ample time ragging on the state of the New York Giants football team. And I’d love to be able to tell you that the situation in San Francisco is much better and that the Niners are on their way to the postseason.

But let’s be real here.

San Fran had lost six games in succession until getting off the schneid during Thursday Night Football in Week 9.

And while they looked terrific in the midst of obliterating the helpless Raiders, need I remind you that Oakland has categorically been the worst team in football since Jon Gruden got hired?

The hope is that even though the victory came against the deprived Raiders, San Francisco might have discovered a guy under center who can get some things done.

Nick Mullens came out of the woodwork to throw for 262 yards and three touchdowns on 16-22 passing, compiling a 151.9 passer rating during his maiden start.

Mullens got the highest passing rating ANY QB has achieved with at least 20 attempts in his debut since 1970.

Is the 23-year-old graduate of Southern Mississippi suddenly the next great quarterback? Will he unseat Jimmy Garoppolo when the 137.5-million-dollar man returns from his ACL injury?

It’s a bit premature to say anything that asinine at the moment, so let’s pump the brakes a second.

Forget about Nick Mullens’ future in the National Football League and focus on the task at hand.

After experiencing such success against Oakland, Mullens should be able to parlay his performance into having another stellar game at home against the Giants’ porous defense.

He’ll want to lean on the offensive prowess of Kyle Shanahan, as the Niners head coach should be able to find ways to put Nick in positions to be successful.

Rotating a trio of capable running backs through the backfield to assist in the pass blocking scheme will only help create time in the pocket for Mullens to deliver the football accurately and on time.

Last week, it was tight end George Kittle who stepped up with a 4-108-1 line, and there was even a “Pierre Garcon sighting” in the end zone.

If Marquise Goodwin can flash his speed and provide a deep threat for this offense, then it won’t be out of the realm of possibility for them to have another offensive outburst.

The defense in San Francisco will be aided by the fact that New York’s offense has been stumbling, scoring just 15.3 points per game over the past month.

Who wins the battle at the line of scrimmage will likely be the determining factor in what decides this game, so let’s start looking at this matchup a little bit more in depth.

Attacking Tonight’s Game

  • When: 8:15 pm EST
  • Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
  • Line: 49ers (-3.5) -104, Giants (+3.5) -116
  • Total: Over 44 -118, Under 44 -102

As I’ve alluded on multiple occasions, this isn’t exactly a battle of the of the top teams in the NFC Conference. In fairness, these are the two “bottom feeders” in the entire NFC, so expecting to see exceptionally high-quality football this evening is being a bit too ambitious.

However, none of that takes away from us being able to predict how things will go and place wagers where we feel there is value.

I’d love to be able to tell you that Mike Shula will make it a point to get Saquon Barkley the ball in open space. I’d love to promise you that Odell Beckham Jr. will do whatever it takes to help his team sustain drives.

But if those things were true on a routine basis, the Giants wouldn’t be stuck in the mess they currently find themselves in!

There’s only so much that Saquon can do on his own if the rest of his supporting cast isn’t living up to their end of the bargain.

What the Giants offense will have going for them is that the Niners defense has been leaky at times, as evidenced by giving up 26.6 points per contest.

The bottom line is that despite all the problems the Giants are having on offense, Eli should be able to complete passes at a high rate and score some points tonight on Monday Night Football.

At the same time, New York’s defense hasn’t shown me nearly enough to believe they’ll be able to keep a Kyle Shanahan-led offense from making plays and getting in the end zone themselves.

So while I have little faith in the offenses as a whole, I have even less faith in the defenses that will be taking the field tonight.

Both teams give up over 25 points per game, and both offenses will be feverishly trying to make plays and impress their respective coaching staffs.

I’m not even going to pretend I know who is going to win this game, as the sample size behind Nick Mullens is just too small to glean from.

But I do think that 44 points is a fairly low total for a primetime game that features two defenses both ranked near the bottom of the league.

Take solace knowing that the NFL has gotten “softer” and thus allows lesser-skilled quarterbacks to still have positive impacts.

I’m not saying it will be a field day, but eclipsing 44 points isn’t a lot to ask.

PICKOver 44-118


For someone who isn’t a huge fan of either of these squads, you can imagine how difficult it is to get super amped up for tonight’s tilt. Thankfully, the top football betting sites have allowed me to compare prices and find a line I feel comfortable getting aboard.

The over/under had moved to 44.5 on almost all the other sites I checked, and who knows where this total lands by kick off?

But needing two teams to surpass 44 points on an MNF game containing a couple of inadequate defenses sounds fairly reasonable to me!

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It’s a good thing we can bet on these football games. Because unless you are a diehard Giants fan, or you’re rooted somewhere in the Bay Area, I can’t really imagine another reason why you’d want to tune into this contest. The 49ers are 2-7 and are on their third QB...