The last-place New York Giants will look to win their third game in the last four as they look to make a late-season run in the NFC East. They’ll be headed to Miami, where the Dolphins have won four straight to turn around a 1-7 start to the season. Which way to lean at BRM’s best sportsbooks?
New York Giants vs. Miami Dolphins
Sunday, December 05, 2021 – 01:00 PM EST at Hard Rock Stadium
Turning to QB2
The Giants will be heading south without their starting quarterback. Daniel Jones suffered a neck injury when he was hit while sliding on the second play of last week’s win over Philadelphia. He managed to play the entire game without missing a snap and passed for 202 yards and a score, but he’s been ruled out for this week’s game with a neck strain.
Veteran backup Mike Glennon will get the call for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He hasn’t played since Week 5 when Jones suffered a concussion in the first half against the Cowboys. He came off the bench to complete 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards, a touchdown, and 2 interceptions.
Since Jones joined the team, the Giants are 2-2 in games he’s missed due to injury. However, Glennon is just 6-21 as a starter.
The Giants parted ways with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett two weeks ago, so the offense could be a work in progress with a new playcaller and quarterback.
On defense, the Giants will be without cornerback Darnay Holmes, who was sent to injured reserve with a rib injury. However, safety Logan Ryan, one of the captains on defense, has been activated from the COVID list after missing the last two games.
On a Roll
The Dolphins became the sixth team in NFL history to win four straight in a season after starting 1-7 or worse. The team was clicking on all cylinders in last weekend’s win over the Carolina Panthers.
The defense continued its strong play over the winning streak, harassing former MVP Cam Newton, who was eventually benched after throwing 2 interceptions and having a career-worst quarterback rating of 5.8. The defense is allowing just 11.5 points per game over the winning streak.
The offense also was humming. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 27 of 31 passes, and receiver Jaylen Waddle had a career-best 137 yards.
Special teams even got into the mix with the Dolphins blocking a punt for a score.
The Dolphins’ young players are keying the improvement. Waddle’s performance was the second best by a Miami rookie in team history. Rookie pass rusher Jaelan Phillips had three sacks in the game, the first Miami rookie to do that in nearly 30 years. Jevon Holland, another rookie, also recorded his second interception of the year.
Tagovailoa, a second-year pro, is also finding his footing. Sunday was the second straight week he’s thrown at least 27 completions and had at least an 82 percent accuracy rate. Peyton Manning is the only other quarterback to accomplish that in back-to-back games.
Part of the reason the youth has gotten served is that the team is dealing with injuries to several veterans. The team is hopeful that center Michael Deiter will return for the Giants game. Receivers Will Fuller and DeVante Parker are less certain. The team was also without safety Brandon Jones last week.
Now, for our NFL picks... The Dolphins could be due for a letdown after an outstanding month of football, but with a bad team coming to town with a backup under center, look for the roll to continue at the NFL odds for at least one more week.
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