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Week three in the NFL kicks off with an interesting matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. The Giants are fresh off of an impressive comeback win over the Cardinals where they battled back from a 20-0 deficit.
This win was needed as they were blown out in week one by the Cowboys. Saquon Barkley will miss the next three weeks with an ankle injury, but things could have been much worse for the All-Pro running back.
The 49ers look to keep rolling as they enter this game undefeated, with wins over the Rams and Steelers. Mr. Irrelevant, Brock Purdy has shined since he got the nod last season and hasn’t looked back. He has been a game manager under Kyle Shanahan but is one of the most efficient signal callers in the NFL.
San Francisco has one of the most high-powered offenses in football. With Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, and George Kittle, this team is stacked at every position.
On the other side, the Giants have the worst first-quarter defenses in the NFL. New York has given up 23 points over two games in the first quarter alone. Meanwhile, San Francisco has the fourth most points in the first quarter through their first two weeks.
The 49ers are third in the league in rushing yards while the Giants are 29th against the ground game. This San Francisco team is slated to be a force in the NFC this season and the Giants, regardless of their come-from-behind win last week, are trending in the wrong direction.
With all of this, it seems that we are in for a fast start by the 49ers once again and if the Giants get their offense going, it likely won’t occur until the second half.
Brock Purdy is one of the safest quarterbacks in the league. By safe, we mean, he’s not going to take a lot of chances.
He’s going to take the easy plays with the lowest risk. The lowest risk but highest reward on the team just happens to be McCaffrey running the ball.
McCaffrey currently leads the league in rushing yards and is the most dynamic player in the game. He’s shown the ability to run the ball, be a pass catcher, and even throw passes from time to time. Therefore, it doesn’t seem as if Purdy will have to do as much in the pocket on Thursday night besides hand the ball off to his All-Pro teammate.
In the first two weeks, Purdy has yet to hit the 229 passing yard mark and this game doesn’t have a shootout vibe. We expect Purdy to utilize McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel early which will keep his passing yards limited.
Isaiah Hodgins has picked up right where he left off last season. It’s hard to count week one as a stat line considering the Giants got blown out by Dallas, but even in that game he had 24 receiving yards. In week two Hodgins had 40 yards on four catches and five targets.
Through two weeks, Hodgins has eight targets and has proven that he can be a reliable target for Jones.
Hodgins was the 207th pick in the 2020 draft to the Bills. During his time with Buffalo, he battled multiple injuries that led to him getting released but was quickly signed by New York.
Last season was his first on the field in years, and he only played in half the games. In his eight contests with New York, he produced 33 catches, 351 yards, and four touchdowns. That brings last season's average to 43 yards per game.
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We believe it goes without saying that McCaffrey should find the endzone in this contest. He’s been arguably the most electric player in football since he entered the league in 2017.
Last season, between Carolina and San Francisco, he had 244 carries for 1,139 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
San Francisco is no stranger to the endzone and the Giants are not afraid to give opposing teams the opportunity to score. It’s always a great bet to have McCaffrey score, but at -290, this is an incredible parlay piece.
Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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