NFL Betting Online - Eli Manning Expected to Play vs. Ravens

The Giants face the Ravens on in preseason action and even though quarterback Eli Manning is expected to play, the Giants are underdogs in NFL betting online odds.

The Giants were down to just one quarterback last week and it showed as they lost in NFL betting to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL betting online numbers point to the Ravens in this game but at least the Giants should have a chance unlike last week.  The Giants had no chance last week with their third-string quarterback playing the entire game.  With Manning going for at least a half, the Giants should be a lot more competitive this week.

Giants Getting Healthy: Manning was expected to be ready for Saturday’s game. He sat out last week as a cut on his forehead healed.  He had the stitched removed last week and he says he is fine.  It is a critical time for the Giants as the third preseason game is where they want to play their starters the most and get ready for the regular season.

Manning will get a great test against a very tough Baltimore defense. The Giants are expected to have running back Brandon Jacobs back in the lineup this week.  New York will also get guard Rich Seubert back this week and all of their tight ends are back after they were down to just one last week.

The Giants may still be careful with Manning but there is no question they have a better shot this week to cover the NFL betting number at SBG.

Ravens Look Good: The Ravens have won both of their preseason games by a combined margin of 40-15.  The offense looks more explosive with new receiver Anquan Boldin and the defense looks as good as ever.  There is not much to dislike with the Ravens but it is still the preseason.

Taking Baltimore:  It is tough to make a case for the Giants in this game as after Manning leaves they will have to go with third string quarterback Rhett Bomar again.  Backup Jim Sorgi is injured so if the Giants are even or trailing when Manning leaves the game it is probably unlikely they will win.

The Ravens have Joe Flacco who should play into the third quarter and then they have quality backups in Marc Bulger and Troy Smith.