PPH Football Betting -- Great Stories Highlight Monday Night Football Doubleheader

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PPH Football Betting -- Great Stories Highlight Monday Night Football Doublehead

Gee, don't you just wish there could be a Monday night football doubleheader every week? As we kick off the 2014 season, there are two very interesting games on tap for PPH football bettors. In one of them, the New York Giants supply a rather intriguing story line as they prepare to play in the Motor City against the Detroit Lions (7:10 PM ET), because all during training camp they have been changing their offensive approach. Not much faith exists among NFL bettors, as they are a 5.5-point underdog in the latest line posted at WagerHome.com

In the later start (10:20 PM ET), the San Diego Chargers visit Glendale, AZ, the site of this season's Super Bowl, to play the Arizona Cardinals, with the Cards a 2.5-point choice in PPH betting. 

Eli Manning may have led Big Blue to two Super Bowl victories, but patience wore thin to a certain degree when he threw 27 interceptions in a horrid 2013 campaign. Desperate for answers that might yield less in the way of turnovers, coach Tom Coughlin brought in Ben McAdoo, who most recently had been the quarterback coach of the Green Bay Packers and is a proponent of the West Coast offense. This scheme requires the quarterback to make a quick read and get rid of the ball, with a drop that is not as deep. As a result, it mandates different footwork in the pocket. 

WagerHome.com bettors must understand that Manning has never been at the helm of a West Coast attack, so everything was going to be very new to him. Published reports had him stumbling along the way as McAdoo was working with him on releasing the ball quicker, and of course, the timing is a different ballgame as well. 

It has not been much comfort for Manning that, already having lost Hakeem Nicks to the Indianapolis Colts, he did not have the chance to work much with first-round draft choice Odell Beckham Jr., who has sat most of the time because of a hamstring injury. Beckham was expected to supply an element that would stretch defenses and open up the underneath routes. 

Those NFL bettors who will be watching this game will also notice that the Giants are without a couple of offensive linemen. Chris Snee, Coughlin's son-in-law and a Pro Bowl performer, has retired because of recurring injury, and Geoff Schwartz is out for a while with an injury as well. 

There wasn't much of a formula for success for Manning in the pre-season, as he completed just 20 of his 41 passes. His backup, Ryan Nassib, seemed to catch onto the offense much easier. So what WagerHome.com customers are encountering here is a New York offense that may still be somewhat of a mystery. McAdoo stated publicly that he was looking for Manning to register 70% completions in this offense, but the truth is, he has only done that in 10% of the games he has started in the NFL. 

The Giants are certainly going to try to take some of the mystery out of the equation with the running game, which may have been revitalized. Rashad Jennings, who had languished as a backup, mostly to Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville, before emerging once he got some playing time in Oakland last year, will share carries with Andre Williams, a cerebral rookie out of Boston College who ran for 2177 yards last year. 

In the other game, the Chargers are a team that a lot of people should be watching, not only because of their rise to playoff status last season, but their prospects of perhaps being even more efficient on offense this year. Philip Rivers, under the tutelage of head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, had 32 touchdown passes with just eleven interceptions in a season that would have been MVP-caliber had there not been a player named Peyton Manning. He deserved extra credit from NFL betting aficionados because he went into the season minus a couple of prime targets (Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd) and had to operate behind an offensive line that always seemed to be moving personnel around.

Things are a bit more stable now, and Rivers discovered another go-to guy in rookie Keenan Allen, who was admittedly a pleasant surprise with 71 receptions. Floyd is back, and of course, the great tight end, Antonio Gates, is still around. With Danny Woodhead coming out of the backfield (76 catches in 2013) and with Ryan Mathews coming off a season where he gained 1255 yards, the feeling is that San Diego (priced at +3000 to win the Super Bowl title at WagerHome.com) may be more finely tuned this year, even though Frank Reich (the former Buffalo Bills backup QB) had to take over coordinator duties when Whisenhunt went off to the Tennessee Titans.

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