The New York Giants host the Detroit Lions on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, looking to keep pace in the NFC playoff race as a betting odds favorite in Week 11.
As the NFC playoff race heats up, cooler temperatures will blanket the northeast. The New York Giants hope to build on their positive momentum from Week 10 and top another sub-.500 opponent ahead of the schedule’s stretch run. Their penchant for winning close games has the G-Men poised to make a run to the postseason for the first time since 2016. This week, the Giants host the Lions in Week 11 and are the betting odds favorites.
New York’s 7-2 record marks the team’s best start since 2008, when they went 8-1 through nine games. It’s the first time the Giants have won more than six games in a season since 2016 (11-5). All seven wins have come in one-score games.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this matchup between the Giants and Lions.
Best Betting Odds for Giants vs Lions
Most sportsbooks set the Giants as 4-point favorites in the opening odds, thanks in large part to New York’s 7-2 mark against the spread. But early action backed the Lions, which pushed the spread back toward New York on most boards.
This game against the Lions marks just the third time this season that the Giants will play as the betting odds favorite. Detroit playing as an underdog remains a familiar role, as the Lions have been set as such by oddsmakers in eight of nine games thus far. The Lions enter 5-3 against the spread as underdogs this season.
The Point Total for this contest opened between 46.5 and 46 points earlier this week, but betting action has pushed it to 45 across the board.
NFL Week 11 Preview: New York Giants vs Detroit Lions
The Giants returned from their bye week to beat the Houston Texans 24-16 at home in Week 10. Saquon Barkley continued his bounce-back campaign, carrying the ball a career-high 35 times in the victory. He ran for 152 yards and now leads the NFL with 931 rushing yards and 103.4 rushing yards-per-game this season. He’s handled a league-high 227 touches and ranks second in yards from scrimmage (1,128).
The G-Men will hope Barkley can replicate his Week 10 performance against one of the league’s worst run defenses. The Lions allow an NFC-most 160.9 rushing yards-per-game, including 174 per-game on the road. Their 5.3 yards-per-carry and 15 rushing touchdowns rank 30th in the NFL. Detroit did score a stunning come-from-behind victory in Chicago last week, so they’re no pushover, but they did surrender 258 rushing yards in that one.
The Lions come to New York sporting one of the better scoring offenses in the league and one of the worst scoring defenses this season. Detroit’s top-10 scoring, passing, and red zone efficiency, which will test this Giants defense. However, this stands as a strength versus strength matchup when looking at the rankings.
The Giants can’t be caught looking past Detroit to their Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Dallas Cowboys next Thursday. New York needs to bank a win here ahead of a pivotal NFC East heavy stretch of their schedule.
Betting Trends Affect Giants, Lions Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Giants and Lions. The G-Men sport a 4-1 ATS mark at home, and welcome a Detroit squad that’s just 1-7 outright in its last eight road games. The Lions, though, are 5-4 against the spread this season, including 2-2 on the road.
The Lions have had success on the road against New York of late, posting a 4-1 mark against the spread in their last five road games versus the Giants. What’s more, the road team sees a 7-2 mark against the spread in the last nine matchups in this series.
The Giants have seen the Under hit in each of their last eight November ballgames, and in each of their last seven home games against teams with a losing record. The Under is 5-1 in Detroit’s last six road games versus a team with a winning record.