The New York Giants (6-2, 3-1 Home) and their powerful rushing offense host the Houston Texans (1-6-1, 1-3-0 Away), one of the league’s softest ground defenses, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Giants are 4.5-point favorites, and the total is 41.
Houston is coming off a 29-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at NRG Stadium last Thursday, their third straight defeat. Davis Mills was 13 of 22 for 154 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Dameon Pierce ran 27 times for 139 yards. Phillip Dorsett II caught three passes for 69 yards. New York lost 27-13 to the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on October 30. Daniel Jones threw for 176 yards. Saquon Barkley carried 20 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. Darius Slayton had five receptions for 66 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since September 2018, a 27-22 win for the Giants.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Texans are averaging 16.6 points per game for the season, 28th in the NFL, and they are facing a Giants defense that has surrendered 19.6 PPG (9th). Meanwhile, New York has scored 20.4 points a game this season, 22nd in the league, and Houston is allowing 22.9 PPG (19th).
The Texans rank 25th in the league in passing yards per game (207.0) and 25th in rushing (101.9), while the Giants are 12th in passing yards allowed per game (219.3) and 25th against the run (137.3). New York has been one of the league’s top rushing teams, averaging 161.5 yards per game (5th), while ranking 29th in passing yards (176.3).
Houston’s defense has been susceptible on the ground, as the Texans are worst in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (180.6). Against the pass, the Texans are 18th (230.3).Houston is averaging 2.4 red zone trips a game this season, zeroth lowest in the NFL, finding the end zone 53% of the time (22nd).
The Texans may struggle to improve on those numbers against one of the league’s best red zone defenses, as the Giants have allowed opponents to score on only 43% of red zone trips (3rd).
Through eight games, Davis Mills has thrown for 10 touchdowns (8 INT) and 207.0 yards per game to lead Houston in passing. In four away games this season, he has three TDs (3 INT) and an average of 216.0 yards passing.
Dameon Pierce leads the team in rushing with an average of 84.8 yards a game over eight games. He has three touchdowns on the ground. Brandin Cooks is the Texans’ leading receiver with 50.6 yards a game and one TD.
He is averaging 4.6 receptions on 7.6 targets per game. Daniel Jones has six passing touchdowns (2 INT) with 174.9 yards per game through eight games to lead New York. In four home games this season, he has thrown for three TDs (1 INT) and an average of 154.0 yards.
Saquon Barkley has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 97.4 yards a game through eight games. He has five touchdowns. Darius Slayton has been the primary target in the Giants’ passing game. He has one touchdown and a 46.4 yard per game average through five appearances.
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NY Giants -4.5 (-110)
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