New York Giants will take on Las Vegas Raiders in the NFL 2021 Week 9 on Sunday afternoon. The hosts cannot be satisfied with their record, and they will look forward to changing their fortune. The away side wants to secure the playoffs spot finally, and they search for another victory in a row.
New York cannot find consistency this season, and they are already out of the post-season race. The home side should focus on improving its game in the remaining rounds and celebrating a couple of wins more. On the other hand, Las Vegas is in good form, and they hope to enter the playoffs after several failures in the past. The visitors are on an excellent track, and they don’t plan to slip from it.
New York Giants – Can they improve the offense?
The Giants didn’t have too many chances in the NFC East to enter the playoffs race, and they are at a 2-6 record. They come from a 20-17 defeat against the Chiefs in the previous round, and although they stood well defensively, New York had its offensive issues again. Daniel Jones passed for 222 yards with a pair of scores, but the Giants gained only 300 yards in the offense. Devontae Booker had 15 carries for 60 yards, and that was about all from the Giants’ offense.
New York’s quarterback Daniel Jones has thrown for 1,949 yards this season, with seven TDs and five interceptions, while he has been sacked 17 times. Jones also leads New York’s rushing game with 241 yards and a pair of scores, while Kadarius Toney has been the leading receiver with 343 yards. Logan Ryan leads the defensive corps with 63 total tackles, while Azeez Ojulan managed to sack rival’s QBs 5.5 times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Devontae Booker, Darius Slayton, Collin Johnson, John Ross, Evan Engram, Elijhaa Penny, Matt Peart, Matt Skura, Billy Price, Will Hernandez, Nate Solder
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Dexter Lawrence, Austin Johnson, Leonard Williams, Quincy Roche, Tae Crowder, Reggie Ragland, Azeez Ojulari, James Bradberry, Julian Love, Logan Ryan, Adoree’ Jackson
Quarter Back: Daniel Jones
Kicker: Graham Gano
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Las Vegas Raiders – Will they extend their winning streak?
The Raiders managed to bounce back after two straight defeats and celebrate twice in a row. Those victories keep them on the top of the AFC West with a 5-2 record. Las Vegas comes from a 33-22 win over the Eagles last weekend and seeks the third victory in a row. Derek Carr threw for 323 yards in that match, with a pair of scores and one interception. On the other hand, the Raiders held their opponents to 358 yards in the offense.
Las Vegas’ QB Derek Carr has gone 2,269 yards through the air with 12 TDs and five interceptions. Henry Ruggs III leads the receiving corps with 469 yards and two touchdowns, while Josh Jacobs has rushed for 204 yards and five scores. Defensively, Denzel Perryman has been the most dominant linebacker with 81 total tackles, while Maxx Crosby sacked the opponent’s quarterbacks five times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Kenyan Drake, Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow, Foster Moreau, Alec Ingold, Kolton Miller, John Simpson, Andre James, Alex Leatherwood, Brandon Parker
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Maxx Crosby, Quinton Jefferson, Johnathan Hankins, Yannick Ngakoue, Cory Littleton, Denzel Perryman, K.J. Wright, Nate Hobbs, Johnathan Abram, Tre’von Moehrig, Casey Hayward Jr.
Quarter Back: Derek Carr
Kicker: Daniel Carlson
Expert Pick #1 – Las Vegas Raiders -3 @-115
The Raiders are in a better momentum, and they should keep up where they left off. New York had a shorter break as they played on Monday on the road, while Las Vegas had an extra week for preparation. I’ll stick to the visitors, and back them to cover the number as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 47 @-110
Las Vegas should dictate the tempo here, and nine of their last 12 games went over the margin. Although the Giants have been involved in low-scoring matches at their ground, I believe the crowd should see at least 47 points. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Raiders & Over 37.5 @+120
If you want to combine the moneyline market with totals, this pick might be perfect for you. You’ll get a bit longer odds, but it’s worth trying. We can count on decent profits if the Raiders win and the game goes over a 37.5 margin.