The New York Giants will try to keep pace in the NFC playoff hunt when they face off against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
New York (6-2), which had its bye in Week 9, has not played at home since Oct. 16 when it defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-20.
The Texans (1-6-1) have lost three straight, most recently a 29-17 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Here is a look at the best Houston vs New York betting tips.
Texans vs Giants Odds
The Giants opened as about a touchdown favorite (-6.5) and those odds remained as of Tuesday morning.
Texans vs Giants Implied Totals
Giants 23, Texans 16.5
New York is scoring about 20 points per game and allowing about 19. Houston is averaging about 16 points per game and surrendering 23.
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Texans vs Giants Prediction
Giants 23, Texans 10
The Giants may be 6-2, but they have eked out every one of their victories. New York’s average margin of victory is 4.5 points, despite the fact the teams it has defeated have a 19-25 combined record.
New York cannot lose at home to Houston and consider itself a playoff contender. The Giants have been historically bad coming out of byes, but coach Brian Daboll has successfully bucked some recent organizational trends in his first season.
That means a comfortable win should be in the cards, especially given the matchup between New York’s dominant defense and Houston’s hapless offense. The Texans are averaging 290.5 yards per game, the fourth-fewest in football, and the Giants have been bend-but-don’t break defensively, surrendering the 17th-most yards per game while tying for eighth in the NFL in fewest points allowed.
Plus, Houston has been gashed in the run game, allowing by far the most rushing yards against per game (180.6). Running the ball has been the Giants’ strength all season, led by Saquon Barkley, who is third in the NFL in rushing (779 yards), and quarterback Daniel Jones, who is fourth in rushing among quarterbacks with 363 yards.
The off-field injury to safety Xavier McKinney is detrimental to the New York’s long-term outlook, and the Texans have been pesky. Houston is 1-4-1 in games decided by 10 points or less, and three of its six losses have come by seven points or fewer.
The Giants offense isn’t good enough to blow out anyone, but New York’s defense should be good enough to bring home a comfortable, albeit ugly win.
Texans vs Giants Bet Tips
Here are some Texans vs Giants betting trends to consider before placing your bets:
- The Giants are 12-19 all-time coming out of their bye and 2-3 in the past five seasons.
- The Texans are 4-3-1 against the spread, including a 2-1-1 road record and their lone outright win over the Jaguars in Week 5.
- New York is 1-1 outright and ATS as a home favorite this season.
Texans vs Giants Best Bets
Under 39.5 Total Points (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
Wager: 1 Unit
The Giants defense has done a good job limiting points, and the Texans offense doesn’t score much. Given its dearth of receiving weapons, New York is likely to control the clock by running the ball, which means a fast-moving game full of methodical drives.
That’s a haven for an Under bettor.
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Giants -6.5 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
Wager: 1 Unit
The Giants are due for a breakout performance and comfortable win, especially at home. Given the discrepancy in rushing offense vs defense, New York should win by at least a touchdown, even if the game is low scoring.
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