The NFL free 12/24 total pick features two teams only a mother could love. It’s a fitting metaphor as families are gathering around the Yule log on this Christmas Eve. In Arizona they’ve decorated the cactus and while usually the only December 24th total you worry about is how many presents Santa brought – but in this case we’re looking at 39 points between the New York Giants (2-12) and Arizona Cardinals (6-8).
Are ‘Over’ Bettors Dipping Into the Egg Nog Early?
39 points isn’t a lot when it comes to the NFL free 12/24 total pick, but it’s a ton when you take into account it’s the Giants matching up with the Cardinals. New York is 30th in the NFL in points scored, while Arizona ranks just 27th. That being said, the Giants were moving the ball last week in a 29-34 loss to Philadelphia. Eli Manning was especially on-point, throwing for 434 yards and 3TD as the taste of former coach Ben McAdoo seems to finally be out of his mouth.
The Cardinals offense has seen it’s struggles behind quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton, but a matchup with the Giants defense could be some good medicine. New York is dead last in total yards allowed, second to last in rushing yards and passing yards given up, and 28th in points surrendered. The Giants have allowed 90 points in the past three games, and are just 1-6 on the road this season.
— Nelson Maldonado Jr. (@Nellyjr80) December 24, 2017
Is the ‘Under’ Wager Too Easy in This Meaningless Game?
Fans probably shouldn’t expect a crisp, efficient game for the NFL free 12/24 total pick. Neither team has sniffed playoff potential this year and the only thing the Giants should be focused on is losing to solidify a top 3 draft pick. Neither team scores, and neither has a running game. The Giants have the #28 ground game in the NFL and the Cardinals #30.
Also contributing to an ‘under’ play should be the Arizona defense. The Cardinals rank 7th in the NFL in total yards and are 6th versus the run. Not only is the Arizona defense solid, their offense hasn’t scored more than 16 points the last three weeks – great for an ‘under’ play. New York wants a part of that action too, combining for just 49 points in the four games prior to last week.
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NFL Free 12/24 Total Pick – Betting
Bettors are split almost right down the middle on the side play, yet the line has moved from an ARI -5 open to ARI -3. This could effect the NFL free 12/24 total pick in that it’s possible the Giants keep this game close – or possibly win. One of the major worries in this tilt was if the Giants could score out in the desert. The Cardinals should be able to get theirs against that inferior NYG ‘D’ which would mean we some some points under the tree on Sunday afternoon.
Pick: New York Giants / Arizona Cardinals ‘Over’ 39