NFL Week 3 Thursday Night Football Preview and Picks: New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers

September 21, 2023

The excitement is building as the NFL season continues, and this week we have an interesting matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. While it's tempting to overreact to the first couple of weeks, let's take a closer look at what we can expect from both teams moving forward.

Danny Dimes, as he's affectionately known, has shown glimpses of promise on the field. He's had two impressive quarters of football, but he's also endured a game and a half of subpar performance. The question on everyone's mind is whether this trend will continue, especially without their star running back.

The New York Giants face a formidable opponent in the San Francisco 49ers, who boast one of the best teams in the league, featuring a dominant defense and an offense that seems unstoppable.

Expect Christian McCaffrey to have a big day on the ground, and for Brock Purdy to utilize all of his weapons on offense to put the Giants in an early hole.

The Giants' defense has had its fair share of struggles, getting down 23-0 to the Cardinals in the 3rd quarter before staging an epic comeback. They won't be so lucky against the 49ers.

Considering the above factors, it's no surprise that many are leaning towards the 49ers in this matchup. The odds for this game are surprisingly not as high as some might expect, with the line opening at around nine and a half points, or even eight and a half in some cases when there was hope that Saquon Barkley might play, with the spread now sitting at 10.5 in most spots.

This game has the potential to be a one-sided affair. The 49ers and the Cowboys are emerging as the cream of the crop in the NFC, and it's becoming increasingly apparent that they are a cut above most other teams in the conference.

While it's essential to remain cautious about betting on large point spreads, the 49ers' combination of a top-tier defense and an efficient offense makes them a strong contender. This writer's prediction? The 49ers have the upper hand in this matchup, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them secure a two or even three-touchdown victory.