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49ersHub Picks: Who Do We Think Will Win Monday Night Football?

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Week 10 is finally here! Last week saw some crazy games happening around the league, and even the 49ers game got pretty crazy!  This week the 49ers have a tough challenge with the New York Giants! How do we think the game will go? Read on and find out!

Zach Pratt (@Mezachp) (7-2)

What a show by the 49ers squad last week against the Las Vegas Raiders.  BDN pulled out quite a game, regardless of whether the Raiders wanted to be there.  While the first time is always exciting and potentially surprising, in the long run, you want to be consistently satisfied with the product on the field.  A matchup with the Giants is an easy way for Mullens to keep the fire burning, but a poor showing here could leave a lot of us disappointed on our way to sleep.  I think that he gets up for another prime time performance.  While he will likely let us down in a few weeks and leave us longing for the bright smile of a lost love, I think that he is the bad boy rebound we need to bring excitement back into our lives.

P.S.  The 49er Faithful should have a shot ready to go, to be taken as a group when ESPN inevitably shows Kyle Williams muffing another punt.

PREDICTION: 49ers 27, Giants 20

Will Cuberos (@wcuberos) (5-4)

Is this a winning streak? Can Nick Mullens do it again? The Niners are taking on a bad New York Giants team this Monday at Levi Stadium. Playing into the 49ers favor is Eli Manning is a shell of his former self, his arm has let him down and he’s never been known for his mobility. Hopefully the Niners improved pass rush will be able to get home and disrupt the Giants offense into a few turnovers. On the offensive side of the ball Nick Mullens was a revelation on Thursday. He was quick to process the offense, decisive with his throws, and showed an aptitude to deliver the ball from a variety of arm angles. He was able to show what a Kyle Shanahan offense can look like competent quarterback play. I think the Niners knock of the Giants for the second season in a row and we’re celebrating the teams third win of the season on Tuesday morning.

PREDICTION: 49ers 24 Giants 13

Bret Rumbeck (@brumbeck) (5-4)

The 49ers are riding a momentum wave like a 1956 surfer with his toes on the nose, balancing Annette Funicello on his palm.

My fear is Giants running back Saquon Barkley, and the 49ers ability to keep him somewhat contained. Barkley keeps the Giants in the game, but quarterback Nick Mullens leads a late-game drive to make it a two-score contest.

PREDICTION: 49ers: 28 Giants 17

Travis Hawkins (@TDHawk21) (6-3)

The 49ers looked good in all facets of the game against the Raiders their last time out, but it’s OK to be skeptical given that the Raiders have all but replaced their team logo with a white flag, With his performance against the Raiders Nick Mullens has earned another start, this time against the 1-7 Giants, and the game sets up well for the 49ers (and Mullens). The Giants have had a difficult time generating a pass rush this year (only Oakland has fewer sacks) and allow 122.4 yards per game rushing even before trading Defensive Tackle “Snacks” Harrison to Detroit. The 49ers defense should have a chance to  build on their last performance and get after Eli Manning, who has been sacked a league high 31 times this year. Coming off of a mini-bye week the 49ers should get off to a fast start in this game and pick up another win.

PREDICTION: 49ers 27 Giants 17

Matthew Barr (@MattBarr_) (6-3)

The 49ers enter the game riding the high of winning the last Battle of the Bay. The Giants come in riding a five game losing streak. Kyle Shanahan easily out-maneuvers Pat Shurmur and Nick Mullens starts his career 2-0.

PREDICTION: 49ers 31, Giants 17

Travis Rapp (@Coach_RappCity) (6-3)

With the defensive momentum Eli Manning finds himself eating dirt on many occasions. Although both OBJ and Saquon Barkley reach the end zone, Uncle Sherm and Wonderback Warner keep the two in check most of the game. Kittle goes over a hundred yards again and Breida joins him with 150 yards plus combined. Marquis Goodwin and Richie James score long TD’s and Nick Mullens starts his career 2-0. Gould misses an extra point to make it 27-14.

PREDICTION: 27-14 Niners win.

Max Carlson (@MrFrizzleFry) (6-2-1)

For the second week in a row, the 49ers will take the field, led by starting QB Nick Mullens, in a prime time game, against a one win opponent. Unlike the Raiders, the Giants have two elite skill position players in Odell Beckham Jr and Saquan Barkley that the 49ers will have to try and limit. If the 49ers can pressure Eli Manning, and Richard Sherman can contain Odell, then I’m predicting another win for the red and gold.

PREDICTION: 49ers 27 Giants 10

Matt Woolsey (@AresGodFF) (5-4)

Sorry little Giants but Rick Moranis isn't your head coach and there isn't going to be a feel good 90s story for you on Monday Night.

I'm not saying the 49ers led by Nick Mullens will simply roll over the Giants in the same way they did against the Raiders. The Raiders have given up, the Giants just aren't a good team.

The Giants will get some chunk plays. The 49ers have not played well against the screen pass, the Giants run the screen pass, too much. But with Barkley and OBJ they will move the ball. But the Giants are one of the worst teams in the league in giving up sacks and Eli will spend more time on his back then he will on his feet. In fact I have grabbed the 49ers defense in several fantasy leagues.

PREDICTION: 49ers win 27-17

Shelly Holt (@HoltBlogSports) (8-1)

On paper, the 49ers’ Week 10 matchup with the one-win Giants may look similar to the Week 9 contest with the Raiders who they trounced at home 34-3.  But, this meeting with another bad team likely won’t be as lopsided.  New York has multiple premiere offensive playmakers and a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback who still has a lot to prove.  There also is potential for the Giants’ offense to finally break out and move the chains better than they have all year, as they have a tendency to perform better in the red zone on the road.  However, New York’s major weakness is a really woeful O-Line.  It’s been preventing Manning from staying upright and hitting his marks and stopping Barkley from doing his thing.  Similar to how the 49ers exploited the Raiders on offense, this is an area the pass rush can and should take advantage of, or they could pay the price against an offense that could go on a run.  For San Francisco, I have a feeling young Nick Mullens will continue to play well against a terrible Giants defense who have the second least sacks in the league and aren’t much better in pressure percentage.  They also have an inferior run defense which should help the Niners running backs keep rushing well.  If the 49ers take advantage of the wobbly Giants offense, continue to limit the turnovers, and Mullens remains poised, they should get their third win of the season.

PREDICTION:  49ers 27, Giants 17.

Kevin Molina (@KevinAMolina) (6-2-1)

The 1-7 Giants go on the road to face the 2-7 49ers on Monday Night Football. On paper that sounds like a horrible matchup and it considered one of the worst in terms in combined winning percentage after November 1st but this is primetime and we should expect an exciting game full of explosive plays.  This game will be centered around the game changing talent that Odell Beckham Jr. & Saquon Barkley vs the offensive mastermind that Kyle Shanahan is and how each team’s respective defenses will contend with that. In the 3 primetime games in the Kyle Shanahan era the 49ers have averaged 34 points game, which should be aided by the 25 points game that the Giants give up per game. I expect to see more Mullens magic as he showed himself to be a quick and efficient decision maker which he will need against a defense that blitzes more than a quarter of the time. Will he perform as he did against the Raiders? That’s unlikely but as long as he keeps the offense on pace that is all they need from him? On the other side of things even though Saquon Barkley has put up statistics that make him the likely Offensive Rookie of The Year and OBJ is as dynamic a WR are there is in the league they only average 18 points per game and are one of the worst Redzone offenses in the league which impacted by the poor play of former SuperBowl MVP Eli Manning. The one aspect where Manning has been effective this season is when he is blitzed, positing a QB rating over a 110 which could hurt the 49ers as they become more aggressive in terms of pressuring the QB.  The 49ers are one of the best at generating explosive plays (receptions of 20 or more or rushes of 15 or more) at 46 on the season, which is 7th best in the league and one of the best at limiting explosive plays, 37, which is tied for 6th in the league. That will aid them against the Giants that need a jolt on season and are in a state of flux.

PREDICTION: 49ers 33 Giants 24

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