NY Giants (5-7) at Miami (5-7)
When: Monday, December 14th 2015
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: ESPN
The New York Giants and Miami Dolphins come into Monday night’s contest with identical 5-7 records, but only one has a realistic shot at the playoffs. The Giants, who have the fortune of playing in the NFC East, can move back into a tie with Washington and Philadelphia with a win tonight. To do that however, they’ll need to learn how to close out games in the fourth quarter. They have lost five games this season while holding a fourth quarter lead and have lost three games in a row overall by a combined 10 points. Since throwing for six touchdown in a win over New Orleans on November 1st, Eli Manning has seven touchdowns and six interceptions since. The lack of a running game has really hurt New York and Manning as they are 29th in the league averaging just 88.1 rushing yards a game. The lone bright spot on offense recently has been standout wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. He has compiled five straight 100 yard games and has 10 touchdowns on the season. The defense has been horrible allowing a league-worst 423.2 yards a game and 314.5 passing yards per contest. The Giants really need to take care of business tonight against a struggling Miami team. New York’s final three games are Carolina, @Minnesota, and Philadelphia.
The Miami Dolphins got a spark on offense when they fired head coach Joe Philbin after their Week 4 loss to the Jets. Miami scored 82 points in their next two games, but have since been held to 20 points or less in six straight games. Last week’s 15-13 win over Baltimore snapped a two-game losing streak and kept their very slim playoff hopes alive. Running back Lamar Miller busted loose for 113 yards last week after being held to 44 or fewer in the previous five games. It’s hard to tell whether this team wants to come out and run or pass. Quarterback Ryan Tennehill was limited to just 19 attempts last week after throwing 58 times the week before. Dolphins rookie WR DeVante Parker has a TD catch in his last two games after not catching a pass since Week 3. Beckham’s former teammate at LSU, Jarvis Landry, leads the Dolphins with 79 catches and 823 yards, but was held to just 2 catches for 5 yards last week – his worst game of the season. On paper, the Dolphins look like the worst team in football as they’re ranked 27th in total offense and 28th in defense. They allow a 31st-ranked 134.8 rushing yards per game.
Even though the Giants have lost three in a row, they are the better team here by far. So, why are they only two-point favorites? If this NFL season has proven anything, it’s that anyone can beat anyone. 72% of the betting public is on New York, so I’ll go the other way and say Tannehill has a big game and Miller runs for another 100.
Pick: Dolphins +2