Monday Night Football Preview
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CINCINNATI (3-4-1) at NEW YORK GIANTS (5-3) - 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
No doubt y'all noticed that seismic Las Vegas line move this week: The Giants actually were listed as 3-point betting favorites in the opening line but it shot to pick 'em after a day or so and now here's the Bengals at PK or 1-point road favorites at last check ... but it makes sense considering the following:
Cincinnati is coming off the bye and NFL teams off their bye week this year are now 10-8-3 ATS following the other Week 10 results plus the Bengals are healthier than they were to start this season with both WR A.J. Green (averaging 112 receiving yards per game) and TE Tyler Eifert - fresh off a 9-catch, 102-yard, 1-TD game against Washington in his real "return" to action - in better shape now than they were in September.
Finally, consider the Bengals have registered 25 quarterback sacks this year and that's not been a Giants' strong suit as getting to opposing slingers has been a problem - check with us today for the Side/Totals winners and we'll let you know whether the Bengals "make sense" here or not!
Spread Notes - Cincinnati has failed to cover four of its first five away games this season after going 8-0 ATS (against the spread) away last year. On the flip side, the NY Giants are just 1-2-2 spreadwise when playing non-NFC East teams this 2016 campaign.
In other NFL Week 10 News/Notes ...
Amazing that yesterday the likes of Carolina, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and New England all lost home games on the very same day - forget the pointspreads now, last year this quartet of teams went a composite 28-7 SU (straight-up) in home games - and surely you could have found a thing or two to nit-pick when it came to those losing coaches but gotta say that Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin and Seattle's Pete Carroll - yes, the latter was a 31-24 prime-time winner at Foxboro night - really did some stupid things when it came to two-point conversions.
Tomlin was busy "chasing" points all game long after the Steelers' initial bid to go for two failed following the first TD of the game in that eventual 35-30 loss to Dallas. In all, the Steelers attempted four two-point conversions and none of 'em worked - if Pittsburgh (4-5) fails to make the post-season this year then Mr. Tomlin's bad math day here could cost 'em his job.
Meanwhile, what exactly was Carroll thinking when he had his Seahawks go for two points following a fourth-quarter touchdown fling from QB Russell Wilson to WR Doug Baldwin (their third of the night)? The TD gave the Seahawks a 31-24 lead and the conventional PAT would have made it an eight-point game - why the heck gamble and go for two there?
Of course, both NBC announcers Al Michaeals (who really is losing it this year) and sidekick Cris Collinsworth failed to criticize the move but any grade school coach would have kicked the PAT and been glad to go up eight. Geez, you thought Carroll's brain cramp in Super Bowl 49 was a doozy, this one could have doomed his side except some ridiculous play-calling by the Patriots late allowed Seattle to get to the winner's circle.
Word to the wise, NFL coaches ... stop trying to outsmart everyone, stop trying to re-invent the wheel and just take those PATs and be done with it, okay? Heck, we don't think coaches/teams should go for two till the fourth quarter at the earliest! ...
Final NFL Week 10 note: There were a dozen games yesterday and nine of 'em were decided by 7 points or less but did you know the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers now have lost four games this year by a field goal or less? So that rotten 3-6 record could be more like 6-3 with a break here or a break there. Just sayin'.