Surging Giants favorites over 49ers on Sunday Night Football

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(OddsShark.com) — The San Francisco 49ers will look to halt a three-game straight up losing streak when they visit the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football as 7-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The 49ers failed to reach 200 total yards of offense for a second straight game last weekend in a 17-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, falling short as 7.5-point underdogs to record their ninth straight loss against the spread.

San Francisco travels to New York for Sunday night’s Niners vs. Giants betting matchup without an offensive touchdown in their past two outings, with the offense tallying just two major scores to date this season, both coming on passes by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the club’s brutal 43-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2.

The Niners also continue to feel the effects from the loss of a number of key defensive personnel during the offseason, allowing 383 yards per game and 27.5 points per game, while the 49ers offensive line has allowed Kaepernick to get sacked 14 times so far this year, putting him on pace to eclipse last season’s NFC-leading 52 sacks.

Fortunately for San Francisco, the Giants defense has not fared much better, surrendering 386.0 total yards per game, but held the Buffalo Bills to just 303 total yards in a 24-10 upset win last weekend, taking home the SU victory as 6.5-point road underdogs.

With the Dallas Cowboys hobbled by injuries and the revamped Philadelphia Eagles failing to live up to expectations, opportunity knocks for the 2-2 Giants, who enter Week 5 deadlocked with the Cowboys and Washington Redskins in the NFC East standings.

Since enduring a seven-game SU losing streak, 1-6 ATS, midway through last season, the Giants are a respectable 5-3 SU in their last eight, 6-2 ATS, and have allowed just over 20 points per game during that stretch according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

New York dropped a 16-10 decision in their last meeting with the 49ers, failing to cover as 3.5-point home underdogs, but enjoy a solid 5-2 SU record in their last seven against San Francisco, and are 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 against the Niners.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app