This game is not one to get excited about. But it does feature some of the best young talent in the game in guys like Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley. Then there is also 49ers QB Nick Mullens.
But despite the talent, the Giants have struggled to generate offense this season. While they rank 20th in the league in total yards, they are only scoring 18.8 points a game (27th). While they beefed up their offensive line in the offseason, it hasn’t played well, and Eli Manning has struggled for most of the season.
As good as Mullens looked last week for the 49ers, he was playing the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are not exactly stiff competition this season. New York isn’t tough competition either, but statistically speaking, they are a much tougher pass defense (11th compared to 19th for the Raiders).
#49ers will start Nick Mullens at QB on Monday night against Giants.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) November 6, 2018
So—who’s going to win?
When it comes to two struggling teams, it can be difficult to judge who is the better of the two. On paper, the Giants should have the edge because they have a veteran quarterback and more talent at the skill positions. They have been competitive in a few games, but they enter this one on a five-game losing streak.
The 49ers have managed to find a way to win with the guys they have. Yes, they beat a bad team, but they looked good doing it. Sometimes having the hot hand is all you need.
Take the 49ers (-137) to win over the Giants (+117) and beat the spread (3). As for the over/under—take the under (44).