Monday Night Football 2018 : The Falcons beat the Buccaneers, 34-29, at home last week. Last season, Atlanta was 10-0 when scoring at least 20 points and 0-6 when scoring fewer than 20. This year, the Falcons’ two highest-scoring games (37 vs. New Orleans, 36 vs. Cincinnati) have been losses The printable 2018 Monday Night Football Schedule provides dates, game times, and locations. Monday Night Football
The Week 7 NFL schedule wraps up with Monday Night Football as the New York Giants visit the Atlanta Falcons at 8:15 p.m. ET in a matchup of teams desperate to turn their seasons around. Atlanta seeks its second straight home victory following three straight losses, while New York hopes to snap a three-game losing streak. The Falcons outlasted Tampa Bay 34-29 last week, while the Giants were drubbed 34-13 at home by the Super Bowl champion Eagles.
The Falcons are 4-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is set at 53 in the latest Falcons vs. Giants odds. Before you make your Falcons vs. Giants picks, listen to what SportsLine expert R.J. White has to say.
White was SportsLine’s most profitable NFL analyst last season and returned $100 bettors a profit of nearly $2,000. The renowned prognosticator has cashed big in the prestigious Las Vegas SuperContest two of the last three years.
White has a strong history of success in handicapping these teams, which includes an impressive 27-13 mark on picks involving the Falcons. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up.
Just last week, White advised SportsLine members that Atlanta would have too much firepower for NFC South foe Tampa Bay and pull away in a shootout. The Falcons did just that, and anyone who followed White’s recommendation notched another winner.
The Giants rank No. 24 in the NFL in total offense (34.8 yards per game) and No. 27 in scoring with 19.5 points per contest. Their defense is No. 24 in points allowed (27 ppg).
Despite all of New York’s struggles, there’s no guarantee Atlanta will cover as it attempts to fix its own shortcomings.
The Falcons built an 11-point halftime lead against the Buccaneers, but their defense failed to get stops as Jameis Winston and company mounted a second-half comeback. Atlanta was fortunate to intercept Winston twice; otherwise, the outcome could have been a different story.
Matt Ryan threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns, but his big day was nearly offset by a defense that allowed Tampa Bay to compile 510 yards of total offense.
We can tell you White is leaning toward the Over, but he has scrutinized Falcons vs. Giants from every angle, crunched the stats, and found a crucial X-factor that will determine the spread outcome. He’s only sharing it at SportsLine.
The Atlanta Falcons are just 2-5 straight up and against the spread over their last seven games. The Falcons hope to enter their bye week on the heels of two straight wins by defeating the New York Giants this Monday night.
Atlanta is a 4-point home favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The last 12 games between these two teams have been split 6-6 SU with Atlanta holding the slight ATS advantage at 7-5 ATS.
The Falcons have averaged 31 points per game over their last four games but are only 1-3 SU and ATS over that stretch. Atlanta’s struggles have come in large part due to defensive futility as the team allowed an abysmal 37.5 points per game over that same stretch.
The team has been the victim of some bad luck with three of its four losses this season coming by six points or less, but with a defense this poor, some of that bad luck is warranted.
Since 2013, the Falcons have failed to enter their bye week with any momentum going 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five games before their bye
The Giants are struggling on both sides of the ball ranking 27th in the NFL in scoring offense with 19.5 points per game and 24th in scoring defense allowing 27 points per game. These dreadful stats have combined to give New York a 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS start to the 2018 season.
Saquan Barkley is enjoying a strong rookie season with 811 combined yards and six total touchdowns, but the offense overall has been stagnant due to a poor offensive line and the declining play of Eli Manning. New York is 1-6 SU and ATS over its last seven night games.
Monday night’s total is set at 54 points. The UNDER is 10-1 in the last 11 games between the Falcons and the Giants.
Given the state of these two defenses, that trend towards the UNDER in this head-to-head series may be in jeopardy. There may still be hope for Atlanta to make a late playoff push if it can correct some of its defensive issues over the bye week, but that hope will only remain if the Falcons take care of business against the Giants on Monday night.
When I watch movies, I root for the bad guy. I always wanted the coyote to catch the roadrunner. An NFL team going after a defeated season is exponentially more intriguing to me than the pursuit of an undefeated one. I’m just that guy. So much so, that when I sat down to begin typing this preview for the Week 7 Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Giants (1-5) and Atlanta Falcons (2-4), I impulsively paused to rub my hands.
Why? Well, the table is set for the classic weakness versus weakness matchup with the Falcons defense allowing the second-most points per game (31) and the Giants offense producing the sixth-fewest points per game (19.5). We’re also at that point in the season where the doubt starts to creep in… “Do we really want to win this, or could we use this draft pick?” There’s also that part about both of these squads being among the most popular preseason picks to be playing in this season’s playoffs, them both being lousy, and nobody believing that anymore. I’d bet there are more folks starting Lamar Jackson in their fantasy leagues this week than the number of people who still truly believe either of these are playoff teams, and seeing how I get pleasure out of watching situations spiral aimlessly out of control, I’m ready to watch this game between two talented, but sucky, teams. Unabashedly.
The captivation exists on so many levels, but the best part is that both teams will still be garbage at the end of it all. Regardless of the result. It’s like a meaningless preseason game, being played in the middle of the season, during prime time, because at one point someone thought it’d be a good idea. Classic. It’s like the Suicide Squad – take a bunch of bad and wind up with something dope. (I’ve actually never seen that movie, and wasn’t a fan of comics, but I believe that’s the gist. If not, you get the point.) Anyway, that’s not why you’re here so I’m done rambling. Let’s get to the matchups