The New York Giants (5-7) hope to forget their latest fourth quarter meltdown and gain some traction in the crowded NFC East when they take on the Miami Dolphins (5-7) on “Monday Night Football” from SunLife Stadium.
Despite the best efforts of quarterback Eli Manning and receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants missed an opportunity to retake the division lead from Washington by coughing up their fifth fourth-quarter lead this season and falling to the Jets 23-20 in overtime.
Manning threw for 297 yards and a touchdown, while Beckham pulled in six receptions for 149 yards and his 10th touchdown of the year. With the Giants running attack ranked No. 29 in the NFL, Beckham’s racked up five straight 100-yard games and seven overall this season.
Still, due to everyone else’s failure to claim the division, New York’s technically part of a three-way tie atop the division but sits in third-place due to its 2-3 mark against NFC East foes this year.
But the Giants can snap their three-game losing streak and regain some momentum in the season’s final stretch, starting with a Miami squad whose only hope of making the postseason lies in the AFC wild card.
The Dolphins are last in the AFC East and sit two games back of the conference’s final wild card spot, but their next two matchups are against teams with sub-.500 records.
Miami and quarterback Ryan Tanehill won their second game in the last six by dropping Baltimore 15-3 behind two scoring drives 20 seconds apart. Tannehill hit rookie receiver DeVante Parker for a 38-yard strike and 20 ticks later Derrick Shelby converted an interception into a 22-yard touchdown return.
The emergence of Parker, a first-round draft pick who sat out most of the season due to a foot injury, has bolstered an already lethal Dolphins receiving corps for Tannehill.
Parker joins leading receiver Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews, thought Matthews status for the game remains unclear due to a rib injury that kept him out against Baltimore.
Should Matthews play, the Dolphins stand to take advantage of a Giants secondary allowing an NFL-worst 315 yards per game.
Betting Odds: Giants -1.5
Over/Under: 46.5 points
Start Time: Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
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