After visiting the Jets in week two, the San Francisco 49ers head back to MetLife stadium to take on the New York Giants (1pm ET Sunday, live on Fox). The story of this game will be the devastating injuries across the board.
Keep reading for USAbetting’s betting picks, which conclude this full Niners vs Giants predictions and in-depth preview.
Both teams have several key players that were recently placed on the IR list and will be out for the remainder of the season. The Niners were decimated by injuries in week two and many on the team have voiced concerns about the playing surface at MetLife Stadium. Having to return to the same field where so many of their teammates went down the previous week has to be in the back of their minds.
They lost 2019 rookie of the year and Pro Bowler Joey Bosa and fellow defensive lineman Solomon Thomas for the season to torn ACLs. Starting running back Raheem Mostert and reserve running back Tevin Coleman both went down with knee injuries and are listed as doubtful for this week. Mostert and Coleman lead the way on the ground last week against the Jets with eight and 14 carries respectively. Next closest was Jerick McKinnon with three carries.
Starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo also left the game with an ankle injury and did not return. Backup quarterback Nick Mullens finished the game with 71 yards and one interception on seven completions. Garoppolo has not yet been ruled out and still might play. Also on the injury report is defensive end Dee Ford who is doubtful, cornerback Jason Verrett who is questionable, and most importantly tight end George Kittle who is also questionable once again this week.
Kittle looks like he is going to return this week after missing last game. Even if he does go who knows how much he is going to end up playing, especially with the concerns over the turf.
The Giants also received devastating news with star running back Saquon Barkley suffering a torn ACL in week two against the Bears. He has been placed on the IR and will miss the remainder of the season. Barkley lead the Giants last season in rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and was tied with Darius Slayton for most receiving touchdowns with eight. Barkley was also second on the team in receptions with 52.
This is a massive blow to an already mediocre offense. Through two games the Giants have only averaged 14.5 points per game, which ranks dead last in the NFL. Obviously this is a small sample size but also this isn’t likely to improve with the loss of their best player.
Starting wide receiver Sterling Shepard reportedly has turf toe and will be out indefinitely. The Giants signed free agent running back Devonta Freeman this week and have Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman on the roster as well. I can’t imagine any of these backs will have a significant enough impact to move the ball down the field. They will simply be used to eat up clock and keep the defense honest by not passing every down.
Barkley was only able to average 1.8 yards per carry on 19 rushing attempts and was held to six yards week one against the Steelers. Daniel Jones has also been sacked seven times through two games behind the shoddy offensive line. Without being able to move the ball on the ground the Niners will likely sell out on the pass and bring pressure to disrupt Jones and the Giants offense.
I also can’t see how San Fran is going to move the ball without their best player in the ground game. So far this season Mostert has lead the team in both rushing yards and receiving yards and has averaged 6.4 yards per carry.
All this mayhem will impact on our San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants predictions but keep reding this NFL game preview as there are some nice angles for a couple of good betting picks.
We are still hurting from losing our Niners at New York Jets under last week, which we gave out at under 41.5pts on last week’s preview. It took an 80-yard run by Raheem Mostert on the first offensive play of the game and a 30-yard touchdown pass by Sam Darnold with a minute left for the game to end 31-13 and go over by 2.5 points. Thankfully our Jets team total under 19.5 was never a doubt. We are on to a new week and hope to have a winner to make up for last week’s brutal loss.
Our Betting Preview’s San Francisco 49ers vs New York Giants Picks & Predictions Conclusion
USAbetting is going back to the well despite the disappointing loss on last week’s under. We will be playing the under again this week at 41 points. The injuries are just far too significant on the offense for both teams to think they will be able to score 42 or more points. The Giants have been fairly surprising on defense giving up 21.5 points per game and the Niners have been their usual strong self with 18.5 points allowed per game.
The injuries to defensive ends Bosa and Solomon Thomas are a bit concerning but San Francisco is deep on the front seven and with a below average Giants’ rushing attack this fear is slightly mitigated.
Expect the Giants to move the ball through the air with Darius Slayton, Golden Tate and Evan Engram, but that they won’t be able to muster more than 20 points themselves and the Niners might even struggle more. I can’t see either of these teams eclipsing the 20-point mark.
I see 20-17 Giants pulling the upset as the four point home underdogs. I will mainly be on the under but will also likely make a small play on the Giants at +4 points on the American-friendly oddssetters’ spread. I could see both the under and the Giants spread moving down a point or two by kickoff. To summarize the picks: