NFL - New York Giants vs. Miami (1:00 PM ET FOX)

NFL - New York Giants vs. Miami (1:00 PM ET FOX)



The NFL struts its stuff in front of an enthusiastic London crowd at historic Wembley Stadium


2007-10-29

The NFL struts its stuff in front of an enthusiastic London crowd at historic Wembley Stadium. Unfortunately, it couldn't have picked a bigger Week 8 mismatch to feature. New York has won five straight games, beating the spread in each one.

The ATS streak matches the Giants' longest since '98-99. Miami has lost seven straight, and rarely do games get any uglier than the 49-28 defeat to New England when Tom Brady exploded for 6 TD's and the Patriots scored 42 first half points. Making matters worse, Miami may have lost RB Ronnie Brown for the season to a knee injury, and running the football was one of few strengths. With seemingly everything against the Dolphins here, they'll play as a near double-digit dog. Perhaps the change of scenery will motivate them.
The Giants are enjoying a resurgent effort in large part due to the maturation of QB Eli Manning and the rise of a defense capable of putting the hurt on any opposing passer they face. The positive swing shows in the numbers as well, going 5-0 SU & ATS as the defense keeps scoring down (2-3 O/U). It appears the Giants are heading in the direct opposite direction of Miami, a good sign for the week ahead.

The Fins have become the eyesore of the NFL, one of two teams left without a victory through six weeks with an innate ability to fall well short of expectation (1-3-2 ATS). The defense allows more rushing yardage (165+ yards per game) than nearly every other unit in the league while the offense lacks the ability to balance those misgivings. The first season under new HC Cam Cameron has some wondering if the team is headed in the right direction. Thus far, the answer is a resounding "no."

Keys to the Game
The Americans stick it to the English again. You can hear the Brits already complaining, "I paid 50 pounds to see American Football and all I got to see was Miami." They will be quick to learn Miami quarterbacks don't throw well and have little time to do so. Even though DE Osi Umenyiora and LB Mathias Kiwanuka are not very American names by sound, those watching will find these two and Michael Strahan continually around Miami quarterbacks for something other than crumpets and tea.

Trends
- The Giants are 8-17 ATS as an away favorite.
- The Giants are 25-11 ATS versus poor defensive teams allowing 5.65 or more yards a play.
- The Dolphins are 10-1 ATS as underdogs of more than six points.
- In October, the SU winner of Dolphins game vs. NFC is 12-1 ATS.

StatFox Pick Giants minus points

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