Monday Night Football Betting

Monday Night Football Betting

The first Sunday of the 2014 NFL season didn’t disappoint in the drama or injury departments. Playoff contenders New England, New Orleans, and Chicago all fell as favorites, the latter two in overtime. The Eagles trailed 17-0 after two quarters at home against Jacksonville only to reel off 34 straight to cover the double-digit point spread. Kansas City lost at home to Tennessee and also saw defensive starters Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito carted off with season-ending Achilles ruptures. The Panthers won without Cam Newton, and prized Houston rookie Jadeveon Clowney tore the meniscus in his knee and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks. Whew! Week 1 culminates with a Monday night double-header. Here’s a preview.

NY GIANTS AT DETROIT -6

Neither of these teams inspires confidence among bettors. Despite all their supposed offensive firepower, the Lions are 1-5 ATS in their last six at home. Much of their failure can be attributed to a porous secondary which once again appears to be a major weakness. Of course Eli Manning and the Giants’ stalled passing game may be exactly what Detroit needs. Manning looked tentative and confused in the preseason operating new coordinator Bob McAdoo’s system. For guy who chucked a league high 27 interceptions a season ago, being confused isn’t a recipe for success.

The Lions just need to get out of their own way. A wealth of offensive talent and a fearsome front four gives them a significant advantage over a Giants team with a bunch of new pieces in place. Big Blue should be okay on defense, but if the Stafford-Megatron combination is clicking early it could be a long night for the visitors. Giants are 0-5 ATS in their last five road openers. Detroit is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 openers.

Bet Detroit -6

SAN DIEGO AT ARIZONA -3

Two teams with high expectations for 2014 will close out the Week 1 schedule in the desert. The Bolts are fresh off a surprising playoff appearance, while the Cards are hoping to build on a 10-6 campaign that left them just short of qualifying for the NFC field. San Diego’s secondary should be improved by Brandon Flowers and rookie Jason Verrett, but tight end Antonio Gates might sit out with a strained hamstring suffered in Saturday’s practice. A strong Arizona secondary led by Patrick Peterson will present problems for Philip Rivers and his receiving corps. The Cardinals ranked first in rushing yards allowed in 2013 but are without the injured Darnell Dockett, suspended Daryl Washington, and free agent departure Karlos Dansby.

Will Andre Ellington play? It’s been a mystery since Friday when it was revealed he underwent an MRI on his foot/ankle. If he can’t go, Carson Palmer and the duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd will be in for a busy night. Like Stafford, Palmer is prone to bouts of wild inaccuracy and boneheaded blunders. The offensive line in front of him is improved, so he should have time to fire from a clean pocket. Cardinals are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 MNF games. Chargers are 4-1 ATS on Mondays and 8-1-1 ATS as road dogs in their last 10.

Bet San Diego +3