New York Giants Odds Preview
The New York Giants were crowned Super Bowl champions just three years ago, but those good times are in the rear-view mirror after last year’s disastrous collapse. Not only did they miss the playoffs, they did so after starting the season 5-0, dropping New York Giants odds down considerably heading into this year at Bovada. The Giants are far from Super Bowl favorites at +2500 but, with a win total set at 8.5 and the over favored, New York looks like a solid bet to compete for a Wild Card berth.
Odds to Division: +300 Regular Season Win Total: 8.5 (OV -140, UN +110) Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Staying healthy will be a major factor in New York’s success. Both sides of the ball were pounded by injuries and finally wore this squad out. The defense was supposed to be a major strength but it folded and allowed over 26 points per game last year. The line rotation is one of the most talented and deep in the NFL, but even it couldn’t avoid the injury bug. With Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Osi Umenyiora, Chris Chanty, Barry Coefield, and Rocky Bernard in the mix, though, New York should have no problems improving. The secondary also received a boost with safeties Deon Grant and Antrel Rolle joining the team.
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The offense wasn’t hit quite as hard, but scrapes to running backs Brandon Jacobs (knee) and Ahmad Bradshaw (two broken feet) slowed a once-dominant running game. Jacobs has seemingly lost a step-not surprisingly considering his huge frame and upright running style-and Bradshaw is expected to be the starter moving forward. Regardless, this a passing team now. Eli Manning has developed into a solid, and sometimes spectacular, quarterback. He has a bevy of targets to choose from, most notably Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks. Smith caught 107 balls last year while Nicks proved to be a great vertical and after-the-catch threat. Unfortunately, the offense has seemingly caught the injury bug from last year’s defense. The line has been battered and bruised throughout the preseason. The biggest concern is Shaun O’Hara, who will sit out the preseason with an ankle injury. In fact, the starting line has yet to take any snaps together in a preseason game this year. It doesn’t end there. Manning lacerated his head in a game, though he appears to be fine. The tight ends were destroyed in camp, with three of the four going down, and the receivers (Smith, Nicks, Mario Manningham, Sinorice Moss, and rookie Tim Brown) have all taken turns visiting the trainers. Most of these guys will be ready for opening day, but it certainly doesn’t help offensive cohesion heading into a Week 1 meeting with the Patriots. A year after injuries derailed the season, New York Giants fans are already sweating.