Will the Giants deliver Week 4’s Online NFL Betting Upset?

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Giants vs. Vikings NFL Week 4 Odds

Trying to predict the online NFL betting season can prove to be an arduous task. Fans usually think that siding with the team that has more talent will result in an accurate prediction, but that usually isn’t the case. The problem lies with the fact that we tend to look at players like machines, expecting the same type of results, effort, or performance that that player is known for every single time they step onto the field. But athletes are humans too, and being such are subject to the same emotional rollercoasters like the rest of us. On any given Sunday players can feel an array of emotions ranging from desperately wanting to win the game, to feeling heartbreak over a dwindling relationship, or even simply not wanting to go to work – something we all feel from time to time. The best example of how emotions can affect the outcome of football games is the 2007 New York Giants. The Giants weren’t the most talented team in the NFL that season, but still went on to beat arguably one of the best regular season teams in the history of the league, the 16-0 New England Patriots. But thanks to their unbudging willpower the Giants were able to overcome any obstacle in their way, including the then undefeated Patriots. So a perfect prediction has to take into account the psychology of all athletes involved in the game, but since that knowledge is unattainable, there can never be a perfect prediction. But hey, we still do our best.

This year’s Giants wish they could get some of that willpower from the ’07 squad, because New York has been underperforming this year. Just take a look at the odds most football betting sites are giving them in their next matchup.

Week 4 – Monday the 3rd of October

Giants +5 (-115) 43 (-110) +185
Vikings -5 (-105) 43 (-110) -215

Thanks to their 3-0 record, the online NFL betting odds are pegging the Vikings as the favorite in Monday’s contest. Not too many gambling fans expected Minnesota to start the season so strong, but even more surprising than their undefeated record is how well Sam Bradford has been playing in the Gopher State. Last season Bradford spent the year in Philadelphia and finished with a prosaic 86.4 passer rating. This year Bradford sports a blindsiding 107.8 passer rating. In the two games that he’s started Bradford has completed 40/59 passes for 457 yards and 3 touchdowns. Seeing Bradford perform so well must be irritating for both Rams and Eagles fans, but it is certainly a delight for Vikings fans.

While simply wanting it more worked for the Giants in 2007, it doesn’t seem like it’s a winning strategy this season – just ask Odell Beckham Jr. The Vikings offense isn’t the strongest in the league, but they are capable of chipping away at defenses until they get points on the board. The Giants strategy should revolve around winning the ball control battle, as well as running the clock out. If they can force Bradford into a comeback situation late in the game, then the young quarterback should crack under pressure. The only problem is that Minnesota’s defense is one of the best in the league, and scoring against them is no easy feat. The online NFL betting odds think the Vikings’ defense will be too much for the Giants, but New York is accustomed to proving the odds wrong.