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Injuries are problematic for Giants as Week 10 favorites

The Giants will be missing some key names in Week 10 against the Jets. We break down what that means for my pick against the spread.

Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram of the New York Giants celebrate a touchdown by Shepard in an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 17, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

The New York Giants and New York Jets are two teams struggling to get anything going, and both badly in need of a win. The Giants have lost five straight after a solid start to Daniel Jones’ career, while the Jets have lost three straight and appear to be in a tail spin.

The two teams square off in Week 10, with the Giants installed as a field goal favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. A team gets 2.5 to three points for home field advantage, but a Giants-Jets game creates some complications. The Jets are the home team in this one and thus will have their season ticket holders in attendance. However, there is no concern about travel for the Giants, so it’s not exactly a road game for them.

The Giants seem to be the slightly more stable organization for the time being, but they are dealing with some serious injury issues in this game. Tight end Evan Engram and wide receiver Sterling Shepard have both been ruled out for this game. Neither is a surprise with Engram in a boot this week due to a mid-foot sprain, and Shepard back in the concussion protocol.

Where the injury report gets trickier is center Jon Halapio and tackle Mike Remmers. Halapio has been ruled out, while Remmers is doubtful. Spencer Pulley will start in place of Halapio, while Nick Gates would get the start if Remmers does not play. Offensive line injuries are always troublesome, but a center injury is particularly so. And with a rookie quarterback, it further complicates matters.

The Jets have plenty of their own injury concerns, with half the roster on the injury report once again. They were banged up last week, and it’s not getting much better this week. They’ll be missing some of their own key linemen, but given how their report has been in recent weeks, they might be a little more accustomed to the absences already. It’s far from ideal, but it’s something.

In this kind of matchup with injury concerns and two bad teams, I’m inclined to take the points with the underdog Jets. I’m not exactly excited to do this, but in search of an edge, the injury report is what I have to go with. I expect a fairly close game, but I think the Jets stand a decent chance of covering the field goal spread.

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