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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 12/16/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




NY GIANTS (8 - 5) at ATLANTA (11 - 2)
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Week 15 Sunday, 12/16/2012 1:00 PM
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NY GIANTS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-5+2.46-64-928.715.2372.9(6)1.420.810.8376.2(6.3)2.6
Road Games3-3+0.53-21-522.812.5352.3(5.6)
Last 3 Games2-1+0.52-11-235.321.7391.3(6.3)0.718.011.0391.3(6.8)2.3
NY GIANTS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.715.221.130:1626-116(4.5)22-3660.8%257(7.2)62-373(6)(13)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.111.52030:0226-110(4.2)22-3561.7%239(6.8)62-349(5.7)(15.1)
Offense Road Games22.812.519.330:5727-113(4.2)22-3660.9%239(6.7)63-352(5.6)(15.4)
Defense (All Games)20.810.819.429:4426-123(4.7)21-3362.8%253(7.6)59-376(6.3)(18.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.611.220.130:2827-118(4.4)22-3462.8%243(7)61-361(5.9)(15.3)
Defense Road Games16.87.820.229:0325-105(4.2)22-3561.5%251(7.1)60-357(5.9)(21.2)
NY GIANTS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-539.2%1-147.1%5-116(23.9)2-22(10.5)6-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.61.4 13-538.9%1-158.8%3-62(23.3)22-2(10)7-59
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-541.4%1-028.6%4-86(20.7)2-23(11.5)4-35

ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-2+8.87-55-825.913.9376.2(6)1.419.910.8361.9(6.1)1.8
Home Games6-0+63-31-524.213.8346.2(5.8)1.819.010.5367.5(6)2.3
Last 3 Games2-1+0.51-11-222.39.0356.3(6.2)1.322.011.0412.3(6.4)1.7
Dome Games6-1+4.73-42-524.614.3361.6(5.9)1.720.712.0377.9(6.2)2.1
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)25.913.922.130:3823-87(3.7)27-3967.7%289(7.4)63-376(6)(14.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.212.420.531:3628-120(4.3)22-3562.8%246(7.1)62-365(5.9)(14.5)
Offense Home Games24.213.819.729:3822-90(4)24-3863.3%256(6.8)60-346(5.8)(14.3)
Defense (All Games)19.910.818.829:2226-127(4.9)21-3361.6%235(7)59-362(6.1)(18.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.210.62030:5326-110(4.2)22-3661.1%247(6.9)62-357(5.8)(16.1)
Defense Home Games19.010.519.330:2227-128(4.8)21-3460.9%239(6.9)61-367(6)(19.3)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-540.6%0-050.0%3-70(22.7)2-16(9)6-45
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.71.6 13-538.4%1-049.6%3-61(22.8)18-2(8.6)7-54
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-432.9%0-050.0%3-70(24.6)2-25(10)8-65
Average power rating of opponents played: NY GIANTS 21.1,  ATLANTA 17.6
NY GIANTS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/28/2012@ DALLAS29-24W-3W47.5O28-10315-29-190217-1936-62-4156
11/11/2012@ CINCINNATI13-31L-3.5L47U20-12929-46-189428-7621-30-1991
11/25/2012GREEN BAY38-10W-3W50U31-14716-30-243026-11615-27-2012
12/3/2012@ WASHINGTON16-17L-3L50U29-11720-33-273031-20713-21-1631
12/9/2012NEW ORLEANS52-27W-4W52.5O27-13522-35-259224-14226-43-3454
12/16/2012@ ATLANTA            
12/23/2012@ BALTIMORE            

ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/28/2012@ PHILADELPHIA30-17W3W43O37-14622-29-246024-9221-35-1780
11/11/2012@ NEW ORLEANS27-31L-2L53.5O18-4634-52-408129-14821-32-2921
11/25/2012@ TAMPA BAY24-23W-1T51U24-7926-32-345221-5020-31-2760
11/29/2012NEW ORLEANS23-13W-3W54.5U23-12418-33-159123-10128-50-3355
12/9/2012@ CAROLINA20-30L-3L46.5O11-3534-49-327132-19523-35-2800
12/16/2012NY GIANTS            
12/22/2012@ DETROIT            
12/30/2012TAMPA BAY            
NY GIANTS: The Giants' run game is built primarily around man-on-man power blocking. The backfield has been shuffled a bit with the plodding Brandon Jacobs out and explosive rookie David Wilson in. But despite the fact that they burned a first-rounder on Wilson, Ahmad Bradshaw is still expected to handle the majority of the snaps. Bradshaw has become decent as a blocker and receiver, while Wilson has a long way to go in blitz pick-up. When they run near the goal line, Bradshaw will be the primary back, a role he spilt with Jacobs last season. D.J. Ware will pick up some passing down scraps, but will spend most of the game on the sidelines unless Bradshaw or Wilson gets hurt. The key players in offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride's complex passing game have meshed nicely. They might run a little less of their three-wide base this year with Mario Manningham out and rookie Rueben Randle in. Victor Cruz, who is effective inside and out, will slide to the slot when Randle is on the field, and Cruz will be Eli Manning's top target; Manning has always relied heavily on his slot guys. Hakeem Nicks is strictly on the perimeter as a big-play threat and will also be targeted frequently. Manning uses his tight ends as safety blankets, though new TE Martellus Bennett is more of an up-the-field threat with inconsistent hands. They'll run a handful of screens to all three backs, but Bradshaw is relied on for blitz pickup. Nicks was Manning's favorite red zone target a year ago, and he should be again in 2012. The Giants have nearly 100 sacks over the past two seasons, with stars Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck (when healthy) anchoring what's arguably the NFL's best defensive line. Pierre-Paul is the most athletic lineman in the league, able to rush the quarterback, tackle, bat down passes and force fumbles. Tuck, meanwhile, has vowed to be in the best shape of his life to start 2012, in an effort to prevent a second straight injury-marred campaign in which he saw limited snaps. Then there's Osi Umenyiora, who is usually good for about 10 sacks despite the fact that he's on the sidelines for many running downs. The secondary will get a boost from the return of cornerback Terrell Thomas, whose 21 passes defensed in 2010 ranked third in the NFL. Antrel Rolle played safety and some slot corner last year, but the return of Thomas, who tore his ACL last August, should allow Rolle to play more exclusively at his natural safety position in 2012.
ATLANTA: New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter isn't nearly as run-happy as departed play-caller Mike Mularkey, so this offense won't be nearly as ground-heavy as it's been in recent seasons. Atlanta was largely a man-blocking team under Mularkey, but Koetter runs a mix of man and zone, requiring an adjustment for the offensive line. As for the backs, Michael Turner is declining, and Jacquizz Rodgers has carved out a role as a change-of-pace back who will get the ball in a variety of ways. Koetter coached 5-foot-6 Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville, and while MJD is thicker, Koetter won't hesitate to use the 5-foot-6 Rodgers. Koetter tends to not mess around with a lot of play-action in the red zone, so near the goal line is where Turner will continue to earn his money. Koetter likes to get his receivers stretching the field, especially on play-action, and he's always been able to find ways to get the ball to his tight ends, which is good news for Tony Gonzalez. Roddy White should again be Matt Ryan's No. 1 target, and Julio Jones will be targeted more frequently downfield. One of Koetter's biggest challenges is to improve the screen game, which was non-existent in Atlanta. That's why Rodgers could be in for a much bigger role. He also plans on utilizing the no-huddle offense that the Falcons used effectively at times last year. The Falcons have a decent overall defense, but they lost their middle linebacker Curtis Lofton to the Saints. He'll be replaced by Sean Weatherspoon, who displayed outstanding range on the outside last season, but may take some time to adjust to the new role. The addition of CB Asante Samuel instantly improves Atlanta's secondary because he has the ability to make opposing quarterbacks pay for trying to avoid throwing at Brent Grimes, who is also an opportunistic playmaker capable of covering No. 1 receivers. DE John Abraham was the only player to surpass four sacks last season. Abraham can't keep his 10-sack production up forever, but he's still a solid tackler who has the ability to pop the football loose. Expect another productive season from the 34-year-old.
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(UPDATES with Bradshaw out)

*Giants-Falcons Preview* ========================


The New York Giants steamrolled Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in the playoffs last season on the way to a fourth Lombardi Trophy.

They're not expecting this meeting to go quite as smoothly, despite the Falcons' latest performance.

In the hopes of moving closer to joining Atlanta in the playoffs again, the NFC East-leading Giants may need another strong performance from rookie running back David Wilson and the defense Sunday in the Georgia Dome.

New York went on to win last season's Super Bowl, a run that started with a 24-2 rout of Atlanta. The Giants blanked the potent Falcons, holding them to 247 yards - 64 rushing - while stopping Atlanta on 10 of 14 tries on third down and all three on fourth.

New York (8-5) is certainly not expecting Atlanta, tied with Houston for the best record in the NFL at 11-2, to fall as easily this time.

"They have two new coordinators in (defensive coordinator) Mike Nolan and (offensive coordinator) Dirk Koetter," coach Tom Coughlin said. "They do bring their own personality and style to the way that they're playing, so there is a difference."

Koetter's offense relies heavily on Ryan, who is 68 passing yards shy of becoming the first Falcon to top 4,000 in back-to-back seasons. He's also thrown 24 touchdown passes, five behind his career high from last year.

Ryan was limited to 199 yards by New York in January, getting sacked twice.

The Falcons rank fourth in the NFL with an average of 289.2 yards passing, while the running game is 28th with 86.9 per game - 68.4 over the past five contests.

New York, though, feels NFC South champion Atlanta is capable of mixing things up with running backs Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers. However, they combined for a season-low 35 yards on 11 attempts in last week's 30-20 loss at Carolina.

"They're a little bit mixed up," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "I thought at the end of last year, they were a little bit more leaning on the pass.

"They want to keep the chains moving, and they're kind of a check-with-me offense. It's going to be a chess match a little more than it was last year."

If so, the Giants may feel at ease with a defense that is second in the NFL in forcing turnovers (34) and interceptions (20). New York made New Orleans cough up the ball four times in last week's 52-27 win.

Ryan feels solving the Giants pass rush is important. Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Chris Canty and Tuck have accounted for 17 of the team's 31 sacks.

"The Giants are probably the best in the league," Ryan said. "They've got three top-tier pass rushers, and we know that from playing them last year. They'll present us with a difficult challenge. Their front four is very solid. For four quarters, they rush the passer as well as anybody in the league."

Wilson gives the offense another threat after his breakout performance against the Saints. He ran 13 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 97 yards for another score.

The first-round pick should get his first start Sunday with leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw ruled out due to knee and foot problems, and backup Andre Brown (broken leg) out for the season.

"Maybe there's a little more anticipation and a little more excitement now," Wilson said Friday after learning of Bradshaw's status.

While recent free agent signees Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin could get some carries, Coughlin feels Wilson can handle most of the workload and could be a 20-carry back.

"There's no reason why he couldn't be," Coughlin said. "Whether he will be or not is a different thing. We have a couple other guys who are going to help us in different ways."

The Giants are averaging 132.0 yards on the ground in the last four games, and the Falcons are surrendering 127.0 per game for the season after allowing 195 to the Panthers - 116 by quarterback Cam Newton.

Eli Manning isn't likely to be the same threat, but he picked apart Atlanta in the playoffs to the tune of 277 yards and three touchdowns while completing 23 of 32 passes. He has eight TDs, two interceptions and a 103.6 passer rating in the last three games.

The Giants, who lead Washington and Dallas by one game in the division, have won four in a row against Atlanta. New York is the only NFC team Ryan has yet to beat.

"We just have to make sure Ryan doesn't get too comfortable back there," Tuck said. "Otherwise, it's going to be a long day for us."

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