The San Francisco 49ers takes on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 8:30 PM. ET
49ers Vs Giants Week 5 Betting Odds
In week four, the Giants upset a Buffalo Bills squad that has played extremely well defensively at home this season. Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns to only one interception. The Giants, after a rough 0-2 start, are now even at 2-2 and look like the best team in the NFC East.
After an up and down September that saw the Giants give up two fourth quarter leads they could easily have a record of 4-0. While the Giants currently stand at 2-2 atop the NFC East, the rest of their division seems destined to plummet to the cellar of the NFC, Washington being the only exception. The Giants still have yet to establish an identity. They do not have the stellar defense that is the staple of Tom Coughlin coached teams of the past, however, they have played more disciplined football than their previous two opponents and perhaps that’s enough to give them an edge going forward.
The biggest disappointment for the 49ers in not the amount of starters they have lost since the end of last season, but Colin Kaepernick complete regression. Lots of young quarterbacks struggle with consistency in the NFL. Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck have each showed instances of regression, but what stands out about Kaepernick is his inability to throw the ball. Under Jim Harbaugh as head coach, the 49ers played a system geared towards Kaepernick’s strengths. Every NFL system does or should do this. The 49ers have not shown a willingness to gear their offense towards his strengths, and without that, no quarterback can succeed.
A key player to watch on the Giants this week is Odell Beckham Jr. against the secondary of the 49ers. Last week, the 49ers only gave up one passing touchdown to Aaron Rodgers. The Giants don’t have an overpowering ground attack and will certainly rely on Beckham Jr. and the rest of the Giants’ receivers to put points on the board. In week four, Manning targeted Beckham Jr. twelve times on the day, but he only hauled in five of those targets for 38 yards. Beckham Jr. is a phenomenal talent with elite pass catching skills. However, sometimes he fails the routine plays because he relies too heavily on his athleticism rather than playing fundamentally sound football.
These teams are trending in opposite directions going into the second quarter of the season. The Giants were the laughing-stock of the first two weeks by giving away two games in cereal fashion. The 49ers, on the other hand, look like a team so far removed from their Super Bowl appearance three years ago, that it’s hard to believe Kaepernick was the quarterback that got them there. With each passing week, Kaepernick looks more and more like a total bust.
The 49ers rank 32 in total points scored through the first four weeks with an average of 12 points per game. Against the Giants, expect the 49ers to continue to struggle to get the ball into the end zone. The 49ers have not played like a desperate team. They’ve played like a beaten team. And, if the 49ers come out like they did against Pittsburgh and Arizona on the road this could get out of control quickly. The Giants should easily take this game at home and cover the spread.
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