The cement is starting to harden a bit in the NFC East, where the Eagles, Redskins and Cowboys all seem to have 99 problems (they’re a combined 9-16) and the 6-3 Giants appear to be able to survive occasional hiccups.
The Giants give 4 points this Sunday in Cincinnati and if any team in the league is comfortable as a road dog, it’s Tom Coughlin’s Blue Men Group. The Giants are 3-1 SU and 3-0-1 away from New Jersey this season, continuing a trend that has lasted seven years.
Eli Manning was limping (52.7 percent completion average) through his second year (2005) the last time the Giants lost more on the road than they won. Since then the Giants have been startlingly successful away from home, and have been able to cover the number 38 times (against 15 losses and one push) in the last 54 games on the road.
Nice meat to put on the grill heading into Cincinnati.
For some added incentive New York is 5-2 ATS in their last seven on the road against teams with losing home records (the Bengals are 1-3 in Cincinnati this season).
New York’s ability to cover on the road is hardly a fluke. The Giants were a substantial 5-3 ATS away from home last year and their ability to win on the road in the playoffs is legendary. Manning may not be a fantasy favorite during the regular season, but when the bell rings in January, he shows up.
Covers Expert Art Aronson feels that money on the Giants could be well-spent.
“We’ve seen that the Giants have been a good road team under Tom Coughlin,” says Aronson. “The team is coming off a pretty disappointing loss, so I think they will be very motivated. I understand that Cincy is at home and needs a win, but they needed a win last week, too. The Bengals are really struggling. I wouldn't mind laying the points on the road with the Giants.”
Because, after all, when the Giants hit the road, the road rarely hits back.