Giants vs. Dolphins 2015 picks and predictions: New York getting slight majority of expert nods

The New York Giants and Miami Dolphins have matching 5-7 records and have had matching inconsistencies during their 2015 seasons. So it’s anybody’s guess what teams will show up when the two duel on Monday Night Football in Week 14.

After a rough start to the year, the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin and then scored 82 points in two weeks to climb to 3-3 before falling apart again. Miami is No. 29 in offense and No. 27 in defense, yet has managed to eke out some close victories, including a 15-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens last week that kept slim postseason hopes alive.

The 5-7 Giants are in much better shape for the playoffs thanks to the laughable records in the NFC East. A month ago the Giants had a winning record, but the team hasn’t earned a win since Week 9, although six of the seven losses were one-score games. Every win is huge in a division without a winning record, so beating the Dolphins would keep New York in great shape to get into the playoffs.

It’s tough to know what to expect from either team, but most experts are pegging the Giants to snap their three-game losing streak on Monday. It’s far from unanimous, though.

Game Womens Nik Stauskas Jersey Unless there’s a catastrophic injury, playing Week 17 shouldn’t hurt the team’s postseason performance. The most obvious example of teams not resting in the last game of the season is the 2007 contest between the 15-0 Patriots and the 10-5 Giants. Both teams were locked into their spots, first seed and fifth seed. They battled that day with the Patriots coming from behind to win. Both teams then met in the Super Bowl with the Giants upsetting the undefeated Patriots.
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This is an excellent example of why playing Week 17 can be an attitude-setting game. By playing this game like a normal week, Coach Coughlin was sending a message about being competitive and stepping up to the best. He wanted to measure his team against the best team in the league. I totally loved this move. But as well, Eli had been to the playoffs twice, losing both times, the team was younger, and they were healthy so it made total sense for Coughlin to treat this week like usual. And it paid off.

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