New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is seething over what he deems a “cheap shot” at the end of his team’s 41-34 come-from-behind win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.
Coughlin should be more concerned about his team’s bumpy start to the season rather than the ethics of late-game football. New York is barely 1-1 and has failed to cover in both outings – each time as the favorite.
The Giants are once again the betting chalk in Week 3, sitting as 1.5-point road favorites in Carolina Thursday night.
Some oddsmakers, like Peter Korner, founder of Nevada-based line consultants The Sports Club, actually went to the table with the Panthers as slight home favorites. But, with this game stepping into the Thursday night spotlight, both oddsmakers and books know there will be no shortage of New York money and played it safe.
“That was an impressive comeback win Sunday and that is what is going to be on bettors’ minds,” Korner told Covers. “Yeah, (the Giants) do have some injuries and yeah they haven't been playing well. but there is just too much Giants money out there to think Carolina should be favored.”
“I think it will stay around 1 or 2 and that’s where it will close.”
Here’s a glance at some of the opening spreads for some of Week 3’s biggest games:Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints (-9, 54.5)
The Saints have been fade bait since the Bounty Gate scandal broke in the offseason. New Orleans is 0-2 after embarrassing losses to Washington and Carolina, but books are confident it will right in the ship in Week 3.
“They’re definitely under-performing, but if there is a team that is going to break out this week, it’s the Saints,” says Korner. “This is a game between two 0-2 teams, but it is more of a must-win for the Saints.”
The Sports Club sent out a suggested line of New Orleans -11.5 but most books opened low, with the Saints as 9-point favorites. Korner says if he were a book, he’d much rather be cheering for New Orleans to win than a Chiefs team that looks to be in total disarray.
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals (+4, 44)
Only five teams are undefeated heading into the Monday nighter, and this is a battle between two of them. Arizona, surprisingly is among those 2-0 starts and is coming off a huge road win over the New England Patriots in Week 2.
“I actually came with Arizona as the favorite,” says Korner. “As a handicapper, this game would have to raise eyebrows. Philadelphia, even though they’re 2-0, haven’t looked good. Arizona, well, you can’t look any better than coming off a win over the Patriots.”
“I think this should be closer to a pick. You don’t want to go much higher than Eagles -4,” he adds. “All the sharp money is going to be on the home underdog.”
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens (-3, 48.5)
This rematch of the AFC Championship Game has the hard number of Ravens -3 and books should see two-way action on this game. Korner says the injury to Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez won’t have an impact on the spread because Tom Brady has so many other weapons in the passing game.
“I don’t think there is going to be a big rush of New England money,” he says. “We’ll get to see the guts of the Patriots, coming off that loss to Arizona.”