When and where: December 15, 2019, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, 1:00 PM ET
The New York Giants would love to put an end to a nine-game losing streak on Sunday when hosting the visiting Miami Dolphins. After a surprise offensive explosion against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dolphins were left on dry land in a tough 22-21 loss to the New York Jets. The Giants, on the other hand, attempted to turn back the clock with quarterback Eli Manning starting behind center. They nearly upended the Eagles but fell 23-17 in overtime.
Back to reality for the DolphinsIt must have been exciting for Dolphins fans watching Ryan Fitzpatrick turn into FitzMagic for a hectic game against the Eagles. He threw for 365 yards, three touchdowns and one interception and helped lead the team to their biggest win of the season.
And then it was back to reality against the Jets.
Fitzpatrick resurfaced for 245 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in a 22-21 loss. When he’s hot, he can play like a man on fire. But when he’s cold, he can bring the artic winds to Miami. What more would you expect from a 37-year-old quarterback working with limited receiving weapons and no running game?
The Dolphins rank dead last in the NFL in rushing offense with an average of 67.3 rushing yards per game. Things are so bad that Fitzpatrick actually led the team in rushing against the Jets. Even with the Giants struggling to stop the run, this game will come down to Fitzpatrick’s ability to throw on the Giants’ seven-worst passing defense. Devante Parker has been a sneaky breakout option at receiver for the Dolphins with 55 receptions for 882 yards and six touchdowns. He should have plenty of open space to work against the Giants’ struggling secondary.
Of course, that's assuming he even suits up. He's currently in concussion protocol, along with wideout Albert Wilson.
Defense isn’t really even a thing for the Dolphins. The numbers certainly don’t suggest so with them allowing a third-worst average of 283.5 yards per game. Although the Giants played the Eagles tough, they didn’t look any more explosive with Manning back behind center. So perhaps the Dolphins’ ragtag crew on defense might actually have an opportunity to shine on Sunday.
Manning returns for the GiantsA whimsical stroll down memory lane for the Giants pitted quarterback Eli Manning back in the saddle with an opportunity to knock off the Eagles in overtime. Starting quarterback Daniel Jones is working his way back from an ankle injury, and there is no certainty of his availability on Sunday. It would make sense for the Giants to err on the side of caution with the playoffs out of reach.
Manning completed 15 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles. If given the opportunity to start again on Sunday, he’ll be looking for a better outing in a juicy match-up with the Dolphins’ patchwork defense. Opposing teams are averaging 256.6 passing yards per game against the Dolphins this season. Yet, no one is expecting the Giants to drop back and try to air the ball out with Manning’s declining arm.
This will be Saquon Barkley’s feeding time.
The all-world tailback has struggled through injuries this season, but he’ll have a chance to turn in another one of his otherworldly performances when taking on the second-worst rushing defense in the league. Teams are chewing up 141.1 yards worth of grass on average against the Dolphins.
Playing defense will be simplified for the Giants with Fitzpatrick basically being the only threat. The Dolphins can’t run the football to save their lives, and they have been living and dying as a one-dimensional team all season.
Both tight ends, Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison, are listed as questionable for the Giants. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins and wideout Golden Tate also popped up in the wait-and-see category.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Dolphins are 15-36 ATS in their last 51 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Dolphins are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games on field turf.
- Dolphins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 15.
- Giants are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 15.
- Giants are 7-2-1 ATS against a team with a losing record.
- Giants are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.