New York Giants Betting Odds Preview
The New York Giants faded over the second half of the season last year, finishing with a 9-7 SU and 7-9 ATS record to miss the playoffs one year after winning the Super Bowl. The Giants will look to get back on track and win their third NFC East title in six years this season.
While a 9-7 SU record was good enough to win the NFC East in 2011, it wasn’t good enough to make the postseason in 2012 as the Giants finished second in the division behind the Washington Redskins. New York looked well on its way to a promising Super Bowl title defense with a 6-2 SU and 4-4 ATS first half, but faded down the stretch with a 3-5 SU and ATS record over the second half.
Eli Manning was a part of the drop-off down the stretch. After passing for 2,109 yards and 12 touchdowns over the first seven games of the season, Manning passed for just 1,631 yards and nine touchdowns over the next eight. Arm fatigue and an injury to Hakeem Nicks have both been said to have contributed to the decline. The total went UNDER in 11 of the Giants’ 16 games last season.
The offseason acquisition of tight end Brandon Myers should help keep Manning’s options open this season should Nicks struggle to stay healthy. The Giants lost leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw to free agency, but David Wilson looks ready to fill that void after a solid rookie campaign last year.
The biggest surprise for the Giants last year was the team’s struggles on defense. New York finished 28th in passing yards against allowing 254.3 per game and 25th in rushing yards allowing 129.1 per game. There was some turnover on defense this offseason with familiar faces like Osi Umenyiora departing, but on paper this still looks to be the best defense in the NFC East. Look for the defense to bounce back after an out-of-character year in 2012.
NFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 2
New York Giants +200
Dallas Cowboys +240
Washington Redskins +240
Philadelphia Eagles +325